Summer is just around the corner here in Florida and your air conditioner will probably be switching from HEAT to COOL within the next few weeks. Most of us Floridians are accustom to hot muggy evenings once summer has arrived, but hot and muggy is not okay for the inside of your home! Taking the time now to check out your HVAC system can save you time and money in the coming months!
Start with the condensate drain pipe.
Your AC unit has an evaporation coil that helps remove heat and moisture from the air in your home. When condensation builds up on the coil it drips off of the coil and into a condensate pan. Once in the pan, the condensate drain pipe gives the built-up condensation a place to run off, If the drain pipe gets clogged with algae or dirt the blockages can cause the condensation to run over into your home causing major damage to the surrounding areas. Keeping these lines clear can also help your HVAC system run more efficiently and prevent future problems.
How do I clean my condensate lines?
- First, you will need to gather a few household supplies.
- wet/dry vacuum
- distilled vinegar (or hydrogen peroxide)
- dish soap
- warm water
- Turn off your HVAC system’s power at the breaker and the thermostat.
- Find the condensate pan. It is usually beneath the unit or behind an access panel that is easily removed.
- If your condensate pan has standing water in it, you probably have a clog. Drain the pan using the wet/dry vacuum or if you do not have one soak up the water with dry rags. Then clean the pan using soapy water, again, emptying the pan.
- Removing a clog is easy with a shop vac. Use your hand to form a tight seal around the vacuum’s hose at the drains opening and pull the clog or debris through the pipe. You can check the vacuum’s bin to see if any debris has been removed.
- Clean the drain’s access point by running distilled vinegar through the pipes. You can have another person stand on the other end to see if it is draining properly. Let it soak for about 30 minutes.
- Last, flush the pipe with clean water. Again, you can have another person check that the water running through is draining properly.
If you have trouble removing a clog or getting your system up and running, call a qualified professional at Accu-Temp Heating and Air Conditioning for assistance.