What Should I Do If My Drain Line Is Clogged?
We understand that your days are busy. After commuting to and from work, taking the kids to their extracurriculars, cooking your meals, and still trying to find some time for yourself in between all of the daily chaos, who really has time to check their drain line pan?
But checking that pan regularly is crucial. And, if it’s full, we have some not-so-great news: your drain line is clogged. But don’t worry — we promise the process of clearing it out is simple! All you need is some duct tape and either a garden hose or a wet/dry vacuum.
But regardless of whether you use the vacuum or a hose, be mindful to begin this process by turning off your HVAC system and locating the main drain line pipe on the exterior of your home.
- Using The Wet/Dry Vacuum
Once you’ve located the main drain line pipe, you can start by trying to push a thin, stiff brush into the opening of the pipe. This will serve to help break up some of the clogged particles, thereby making them easier to remove. But if you don’t have a brush, it’s no problem.
Simply connect the vacuum to the pipe and secure it with your duct tape. Turn the vacuum on and let it run for about three minutes or so before turning it off. Once off, check the vacuum for any large particles, such as dirt, algae, bugs, or other tough debris.
Throw out the obstructing material, remove the vacuum, and clean your drain line pipe and pan. That’s all!
- Using the Garden Hose
If you don’t have a wet/dry vacuum, a garden hose should do just fine for unclogging your drain line. As with the vacuum, you can start by attempting to break up the debris by using a thin brush.
Connect the mouth of the garden house to the pipe and secure it with your duct tape. Next, turn on your garden hose for powerful 5-second spurts.
Repeat these spurts until there is no longer any debris coming out of your drain.
- What A Clogged Drain Line Can Do
If left untouched, you might face such consequences as extensive water damage, a buildup of harmful bacteria in your air conditioning system, or even a house fire as a result of the clog. After all, when the drain is backed up, there will be the possibility of water dripping onto the internal electrical components of your HVAC system.
That being said, it’s perfectly understandable if you do not feel comfortable unclogging your drain line on your own. If that’s the case, then contact Bold City Heating and Air today to experience the bold difference! Providing unparalleled HVAC services to our Northeast Florida neighbors is more than a job to us — it’s our passion. We look forward to providing our services!