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Monthly maintenance of your A/C condensation lines

During summer your cooling system will be working overtime to keep your home at a comfortable temperature. It’s important to know that occasionally issues may arise with your drip pan or condensate drain lines which could cause water to back up into your home or HVAC equipment. This is why it’s important to maintain your condensate lines so that you don’t arrive home to find that you need a costly repair and clean up.

You can opt to have a handyman service it monthly but the average homeowner is capable of doing this themselves. Here are the steps:

  1. Before you start, be sure to shut off the power to your HVAC system. Turn it off at the thermostat as well as the breaker.

  2. Locate your drip pan, which is typically positioned underneath the interior air handling unit.

  3. If you notice that water is present in the drip pan, you likely have a clog in the line. Be sure to clean up all of the water from the drip pan with a shop vac or paper towels. This can cause allergies and molds which can make you sick.

  4. Using your wet/dry vacuum, remove clogs from the condensate drain line. This is located on the exterior of your home. Using your hand create a seal around the line and the vacuum hose. Let the vacuum run for one minute, then check the vacuum collection canister to see if you see clog material. If the vacuum does not clear the clog, you may be able to run a flexible rubber tube through the lines to manually remove the clog. If you cannot free the clog or are not comfortable with these steps, we are more than happy to set up a time to come service your unit.

  5. You should flush your drain lines at the access point on a monthly basis to try and avoid a clog. This is usually a T-shaped vent which has a PVC cover. Remove the cover to access the drain. Before you flush it, have someone stand outside by the drain line to see if water moves through the pipe. Pour in one cup of bleach and let it sit for a few minutes. Follow it up with three cups of hot water. You can opt to use vinegar and hot water as well but it’s not as effective.

Get started today by contacting us.

Ranger Air & Heat has been Brevard County’s source for air conditioning services since 2012. We are a family owned and operated business and take tremendous pride in providing honest and reliable services at an affordable price.

Serving Melbourne, Palm Bay, Viera, Suntree, Titusville, Merritt Island, Melbourne Beach, Indialantic, Indian Harbour Beach, Cape Canaveral, Satellite Beach, Rockledge, West Melbourne, Cocoa, and Cocoa Beach.

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