How to Prevent Your AC Drain Line From Clogging

An air conditioning system that stops working properly can be quite a hassle to deal with during the warmer months of the year. One common cause of this is a clogged drain line. If the moisture that your air conditioner produces isn’t drained away, it may cause leaks and water damage.

AC Drain Line

As a homeowner, you must learn how to prevent this problem from occurring in the first place. Here Stone Heating and Air, one of the leading HVAC maintenance companies in the area, explains how you can avoid a clogged AC drain line.

What Causes the AC Drain to Clog?

Over time, your AC’s drain lines are likely to become clogged. Mold, dust particles, debris and other pollutants may accumulate inside them. Once clogs set in, they can impact your AC unit’s performance and efficiency. Ignoring this problem for a long time can lead to extensive damage, necessitating an untimely replacement.

How Can You Prevent It From Clogging?

Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to prevent this problem from occurring. Be sure to take note of the following to avoid clogging your AC drain line:

  • Clean or replace your HVAC filters. Dust is one of the most common causes of clogged air conditioner drains. As such, you must clean or replace your AC air filters to prevent dust from building up on the evaporator coils. Do this every few weeks to prevent blockage and keep your AC unit functioning effectively.

  • Flush drain lines. One effective way to prevent blockage is by regularly flushing your drain lines with warm water. You may also want to use bleach or vinegar instead of water to get rid of any mold, mildew or algae that may have formed in your drain pipes.

  • Consider a condensate trap. A condensate trap can prevent air from entering or escaping the drain lines during operation. In the event that it’s blocked, it can cause severe damage to your AC unit.

  • Install the drain line properly. In some cases, clogging issues may arise because the drain lines weren’t properly installed. Keep in mind that lines that are improperly sloped are prone to clogs.

If your AC drain lines are clogged, turn to the certified technicians at Stone Heating and Air. We’re more than happy to help you fix this problem to ensure you get the most out of your equipment. Call us today at (541) 855-5521 or fill out our contact form to set up an appointment.

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