This blog will teach you the simple and effective ways to clear your clogged HVAC drain line.
Check your air filter
Your air conditioner’s air filter protects your unit from dirt, dust, and other airborne particles that can reduce its efficiency and damage its components. A dirty filter will also cause your AC to work harder, which will increase your energy bills. Check your filter every month, and clean or replace it as needed.
Check your evaporator coil
Before you start, make sure to turn off your air conditioner at the thermostat. Then, check the evaporator coil to see if it’s dirty. If it is, clean it off with a brush or vacuum cleaner attachment. If the evaporator coil isn’t dirty, the next step is to check your condensate drain line. Start by tracing the small PVC pipe that drains the water from your evaporator coil. It should lead to a larger PVC drain line that goes down through your home’s foundation and out to a dry well or sewer line. If you can’t find the drain line, or if it’s clogged, you can try flushing it out with a garden hose. First, put a bucket underneath the end of the hose where it will drain. Then, turn on the hose and let it run for a few minutes. If your condensate drain line is still clogged after flushing it out with a garden hose, you may need to snake it with a Plumber’s Snake.
Check your condensate drain line
The condensate drain line is the small plastic or metal pipe that runs from your HVAC unit to a floor drain, sink, or outside. Its purpose is to remove water that condenses off of your evaporator coils. Most systems have a safety float switch in the pan that turns the system off if the line becomes plugged and water backs up, to prevent flooding. If you have central air conditioning, you know that during the warmer months your air conditioner runs almost constantly. Your evaporator coils remove moisture from the air, and the water drips into a pan and then flows out of your home via a small drain line. However, sometimes this drain line can become clogged with dirt, mold, algae, or other debris. When this happens, water can back up into your AC unit and cause all sorts of problems. In severe cases, it can even cause your AC unit to overflow and flood your home! So how do you know if your condensate drain line is clogged? And what can you do to clean it out? In this article, we’ll answer those questions and give you some tips on how to keep your condensate drain line clear all summer long.
Check your blower motor
Clear any debris that might be blocking the path of the blower motor blades. Debris such as leaves or small pieces of paper can get caught in the blades and prevent them from moving freely. This can overheat the motor and eventually cause it to fail.
Check your thermostat
One of the first things you should do if your AC is leaking water is to check your thermostat. If it’s set to “cool” and the temperatureis below the dehumidifying temperature, then your AC unit is probably just doing its job.
Check your ductwork
The first step is to check your ductwork. If you have a forced air heating or cooling system, chances are you have ductwork that runs through your attic, crawlspace, or basement. These are all prime locations for leaks. Check all the seams and connections in your ductwork for any gaps or holes. If you find any, seal them with mastic sealant or metal tape.
Check your return air grille
Return air grilles are located in each room and they bring conditioned air back into the HVAC system. These grilles become dirty over time and can restrict airflow, which can lead to water buildup in the drain pan. Cleaning your return air grille on a regular basis will help keep your HVAC system running efficiently. To clean your return air grille, follow these steps: 1. Turn off your HVAC system at the thermostat. 2. Remove the return air grille from the wall or ceiling. 3. Vacuum both sides of the grille with a soft-bristled brush attachment. 4. Wash the grille with a mild soap and water solution. 5. Rinse the grille with clean water and dry it with a soft cloth. 6. Reattach the return air grille to the wall or ceiling and turn on your HVAC system at the thermostat
Check your supply air grille
Most air conditioners have a supply air grille on the face of the unit. Sometimes this gets knocked out of alignment or starts to sag, and that can cause your AC drain line to back up. All you need to do is readjust the grille so it’s level again, or prop it up with something like a book if it’s sagging.
Check your outdoor unit
If your air conditioner or heat pump is hosted outdoors, the first thing you will want to do is to take a look at the outdoor unit. Most likely, the problem is that the drain line is either blocked or frozen. If the line is blocked, you can try to use a wet/dry vac to clear the blockage. If the line is frozen, you will need to thaw it out before proceedi -Turn off your air conditioner or heat pump at the thermostat. -Locate your outdoor unit. This is typically a large metal box, often with a fan on top, mounted on an exterior wall or on a concrete pad near your home’s foundation. -Look for the drain line coming out of the bottom of the unit. In some cases, this line may be connected to a PVC pipe that drains away from your home; in other cases, it may simply terminate in a puddle on the ground. If there is no puddle and no PVC pipe connection, water should be draining away from your home through this line. -Inspect the entire length of the drain line for blockages. The most common cause of a clogged drain line is debris such as dirt, leaves, or twigs that have found their way into the system. If you see any debris in the line, use a wet/dry vac to remove it. In some cases, you may need to disassemble parts of the outdoor unit in order to access and clear the drain line. -Once you have cleared any debris from the drain line, reassemble all parts of the outdoor unit and turn on your air conditioner or heat pump at
Check your ductless mini-split system
Ductless mini-split systems are a great way to heat and cool your home, but they can occasionally run into problems. One issue you might encounter is a clogged HVAC drain line. If your mini-split system is not draining properly, the first thing you should do is check the drain line to see if it is blocked. If the line is blocked, you can try using a plunger or a Snake to clear the obstruction. If that doesn’t work, you may need to remove the drain line and clean it out with a brush or a power washer. Once you have cleared the blockage, make sure to check the drain pan and evaporator coils for any water damage. If there is water damage, you will need to repair or replace the affected parts.