If you’ve ever had your AC leaking or breaking down, you know how important it is to have a clean air conditioning unit. Take the advice of the HVAC pros at Performance Air Conditioning, and let us guide you on how to clean an air conditioner.
Cleaning an AC drain pipe with vinegar
Have you ever used vinegar to clean your AC’s drain line? Your air conditioner cools your home, but it also dehumidifies the air. You might wonder, where does all that extra moisture go?
Your air conditioning system and parts of your plumbing systems have condensate drain lines that remove excess moisture. When it’s working properly, the condensate ac drain pipe will channel fluid from the air inside your home to the outside where it belongs. However, sometimes the AC drain line gets dirty and needs cleaning. Luckily, cleaning the AC drain pipe is easy and all you need is something you probably already have: vinegar.
How to tell if you have a clogged drain
Whenever your air conditioning system runs, water should drip from the AC condensate line. To check for any issues with your condensate drain, you first need to find it. The condensate drain is the white, plastic PVC pipe located outside your home near the compressor. Once you find the condensate drain, if no water is dripping from it, the drain might be clogged.
How to Clean an AC Drain Line Using Vinegar in 4 Steps
Even if your condensate line is blocked, fixing the problem is easy. All you need are a few extra minutes, a little elbow grease, and some distilled vinegar.
Step 1. Locate the drain line (look for a PVC pipe).
Step 2. Remove the drain line plug (the cover of the drain line) and pour in Â¼ cup of distilled vinegar. The acidity in vinegar kills algae and bacteria, but keep in mind that it may take a few hours to remove the clog if it is severe.
Step 3. Repeat the process until the drain is clear.
Step 4. Check and clean your drain lines once a month to keep your condensate line free of algae buildup.