Your air conditioner needs an open condensate line to drain correctly. If you have had a leak coming from your indoor unit, it likely occurred because of an overflowing condensate tray.
As the tray becomes full of water, the drain line ushers it away from your home. Over time, this line can become clogged and requires cleaning. One of the safest and most effective ways to clean the drain line is with vinegar.
You can tell your condensate line has become clogged by checking the white PVC pipe near your outdoor compressor. If it is not dripping water and your system is running, there could be a clog.
1. Shut Off the Air Conditioner
Do not attempt to clean your condensate line while the air conditioner is on. Shut it off first to avoid electric shock and damage to your system.
2. Locate the PVC Drainpipe Outside
You will need to find the PVC drainpipe outside. The line could be outdoors, in a pantry or in your basement. Remove the drain cap.
3. Clear the Excess Debris
You can use a shop vac, garden hose, or a plumber’s snake to clear the clog. Be careful not to push the debris further into the drain line.
4. Pour One Cup of Undiluted Vinegar Into the Drain Line
You must pour one cup of undiluted vinegar into the drain line to clean it of mold and mildew growth. The vinegar will destroy the mold and mildew.
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