Keeping Your A/C Drain Line Clog-Free

Summertime may be fun for adults to take vacation and kids to play in the pool, but many of our appliances are at a higher risk of breaking during these few months. Every year during this time, thousands of air conditioning drain pans in the US will overflow as a result of a clog in the condensate line. Fortunately, with proper maintenance, this clog is easily preventable.

Homeowners that lack knowledge about this appliance won’t notice there is a problem until it is too late when the water has already begun dripping through the ceiling. When the problem is fixed right away, no major damage should occur. However, left broken for a few days could result in wet insulation and mold growth. If the damage goes this far, an insurance claim may need to be filed.

Preventative maintenance

Because your air conditioning is working its hardest during the summer, it’s best for you to inspect the drain pans right before you begin using the air conditioning in April or May and near the end of the summer in September or October. You may be able to inspect the drain pans yourself, but for the most effective inspection contact an air conditioning service in Las Vegas to do it for you.

If you choose to check the drain pans yourself, there are a few things to know. First, the drain pan is located directly under the air handler. It may already be damp due to the condensing out of the air from the outdoors. A little dampness isn’t anything to worry about. If the pan is filled with water, this is likely an indication of a clog in the drain line. Typically, the clog is formed from sludge or insulation pieces. However, if the line is buried underground, the clog could be caused by landscaping mulch or dirt.

Removing clogs

If the drain pan is full of water, it is important that you remove the clog immediately. Begin by drying out the drain pan using a wet/dry vac. Clogs typically form at the elbow joint where the line exits the foundation. You may have to pull the joint apart to get the clog out. Pouring boiling hot water down the drain line every so often can loosen up any potential clogs that are forming.

Safety precautions

The water that is sitting in the drain pan usually carries some harmful bacteria, including Legionella. Before checking the drain pan, take extra precautions by wearing respiratory protection. Touching the water does not pose a threat. It is only harmful if use breathe in the bacteria-filled water droplets.

The safest and best way to maintain an A/C and remove clogs is to contact an air conditioning service in Las Vegas. With over 30 years of experience, the experts at JMAC Plumbing & Air Conditioning are dedicated to providing quality service to their clients. For more information about air conditioning service in Las Vegas, contact 702.227.5622.

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