A clogged drain is one of the most common AC problems that homeowners experience… but it’s also one of the most preventable. While it doesn’t take much for your AC drain to become blocked, which can potentially lead to water leakage and other issues, it also doesn’t take much to prevent clogs from occurring in the first place. Learn more about what causes AC drain clogs and what you can do to avoid the problem all together.
Common Causes of AC Drain Clogs
Dirt, dust and other debris: If your air conditioner is not kept clean, and dirt, dust and other debris are allowed to pile up, these particles will eventually find their way to your drain line. Then, when your drain pan ends up full of dirty water, the water will eventually evaporate, but the debris won’t. As this process repeats itself, more and more debris will accumulate in your drain pan, weighing it down and potentially causing a leak.
Algae and bacteria: Water and warmth create the perfect environment for algae and bacteria to thrive in your drainage system. These microorganisms can grow in your AC drain year-round and lead to blockages that cause leaks and other serious problems.
Insect Inhabitants: Your drain line runs outside your home, giving insects easy access. In the right conditions, a colony of insects may find your AC drain as the perfect place to build their nest, effectively causing a clog.
How to Prevent AC Drain Clogs
It’s easy to prevent your AC drain from becoming clogged in the first place. One simple and effective solution for keeping the line clear is pouring a cup of vinegar down it once a month. The vinegar’s acidic properties will wipe out whatever gunk is lingering in your drain line and prevent it from coming back. If vinegar isn’t quite strong enough to do the trick, you can also bleach from time to time.
How to Clear a Clogged AC Drain
Although vinegar and bleach are helpful in preventing clogs, it should be noted that they wouldn’t do much to clear a clog if one already exists. However, clearing an AC drain clogs is a fairly simple task. All you need to do is hook up a wet or dry vacuum to the end of the drain line and turn the device on until water begins flowing freely again. If the clog isn’t too stubborn, you may also be able to use a long wire brush to clear the mess away.
Keep Your AC Running All Year Long With Regular Maintenance!
The best way to prevent AC drain clogs, along with just about any other common AC issue, is to get regular preventative maintenance twice a year! At Engineered Air, we make it easy and affordable to get your AC the maintenance it needs with our maintenance agreements. Check out what’s included in our maintenance plan and schedule your maintenance visit today.