Spring Has Sprung!
Be prepared for this yearâ€™s beautiful weather by preparing your A/C to keep your house nice and cool during those hot summer months. Your air conditioner requires regular maintenance in order to continue working efficiently. The drain system is often overlooked until it becomes clogged and causes a lot of damage to your home not to mention the A/C being out of service. Donâ€™t overlook the drain system (trap) that is in the wall.
We can fix this, but we would rather prevent this from happening.
Here are a couple tips that you can do yourself to prevent any major problems:
Tip #1 Using Bleach
Turn off the power to your air conditioner.
Remove any debris such as dirt or insects stuck in the end of the pipe.
Use a drain snake to remove any obstructions through the body of the pipe.
Mix a solution consisting of 1/4 cup of bleach to 1/2 gallon of water in a jar. Place a funnel into the vent tee and pour the bleach solution through the pipe to wash away any dirt missed by the pipe cleaner. This also kills the algae that are growing in the pipe. (be careful because the spilled bleach will take the color out of the floor covering)
Tip #2 Blowing out the clogged condensate drain line
Use a compressed air source or a manual pump to try blowing out the clogged air conditioner. Using a manual pump, the pump's outlet end is connected to the condensate drain opening or standpipe, any other nearby openings are plugged, and you use the pump to try to force the blockage through the system to an outlet. This approach works best if the condensate drain line is actually fully clogged and full of standing water or condensate.
WATCH OUT: Using high pressure air to blow out a clogged drain can result in damaging the pipe.
We recommend hiring a trained professional if you are not sure of what you are doing. You can also go online to get further direction.