And, depending on the type of AC you have, a clogged drain line will either:
- Shut off your AC completely (to prevent flooding)
- Overflow and cause water damage
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3 steps to unclog your condensate drain line
What you’ll need:
- A wet/dry vac
- Duct tape or cloth towel
- A hose that can reach your drain line (if you don’t have a wet/dry vac)
Step 1: Locate your condensate drain line exit
Every central air conditioner has a condensate drain line that runs from the indoor air handler to the outside of the home. Look for a white PVC pipe that’s located near your outdoor unit.
What your AC condensate drain line looks like.
Step 2: Connect wet/dry vac to the end of the condensate drain line and make the connection airtight.
Once you’ve located your condensate drain line, attach the end of your wet/dry vac to the end of the line.Then, wrap duct tape or the cloth towel tightly around the connection to make it airtight.
Step 3: Run wet/dry vac for 5-10 seconds. Repeat until clog is removed.
Remove the top of the wet/dry vac. If this process removed the clog, you’ll see brown gunk inside the wet/dry vac.
If your condensate drain is still clogged after this, you’ll need a professional’s help.
If you don’t have a wet/dry vacuum…
Step 1: Locate your condensate drain.
Step 2: Connect garden hose to the condensate drain.
Pull hose toward the condensate drain until you can attach the head of the hose to the opening of your condensate drain.
Step 3: Turn your hose on high for 5 seconds.
Run the hose for short blasts while creating a tight connection with your hand. This should allow the water to push upwards through the drain and break up any clogs.
Step 4: Repeat step 3 until the water runs clear.
If your condensate drain is still clogged after trying this hose method, you’ll need to have a professional clear your condensate drain.
How to keep your condensate drain line from clogging again
Don’t want to deal with a clogged condensate drain ever again?
Preventing clogs is simple: Every spring (before the cooling season), pour a cup of bleach down your condensate drain from the inside. This will prevent mildew and algae from being able to grow in the first place.
Note: To locate your condensate drain line from the inside, you’ll first need to find your indoor unit (usually in an attic or closet space), then look for a white PVC pipe that leads outdoors.
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