You can unclog an AC drain line in just a few minutes using minimal tools if you catch the clog early enough. Circle-E. professionals suggest that you avoid using harsh chemicals such as Drano to unclog the block. Follow these steps when an AC drain line clogged:
1. Get supplies: You may need a bucket or pan to catch the water in the line, a wire brush or pipe cleaner to gently unclog the line and a cleaning solution such as diluted bleach or vinegar.
2. Turn off the AC’s power: Working with water and electricity can be a dangerous combination. Shut off the power for the unit at the breaker before you get started.
3. Remove the cap from the drain line: You’ll notice the drain may be T-shaped and have a cap at the top of the line. Remove the cap so you can take a better look at the clog.
4. Look for the clog: Once you remove the cap, check for obvious blockages from hair or dirt. If you can remove the clog without pushing it further down the pipe, pull it out carefully.
5. Loosen debris in the line: Use the pipe cleaner or wire brush to loosen debris inside the line.
6. Pour in diluted vinegar or bleach solution: To further break down any clogs, pour the solution you made into the pipe and let it sit for half an hour or longer, depending on the severity of the clog.
7. Flush the pipe: Drain the solution and rinse the pipe with fresh water.
8. Monitor the system’s performance: If the AC drain pipe is still clogged, you may need to contact an HVAC specialist for help.
You can call Circle-E Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electrical 24/7. Circle-E is located at 2951 Northern Cross Rd fort Worth TX 76137 or visit Circle-E.com for questions and scheduling information or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CircleEmaintenance. Circle-E serves the greater Fort Worth Dallas area.