Don’t let water flood your home

Most homeowners do not realize the importance of cleaning the A/C drain line

In addition to cooling or heating your home, an air conditioning system or HVAC removes moisture from the air to reduce the humidity levels within your home. This excess condensed water is removed from the air conditioning unit through a small drain line or pipe. Excess drains away from the home and leads to the ground outside. We also recommend checking your home to make sure drain lines lead away from your property. Doing so will help to mitigate potential home insurance claims.

Over time algae, mold, and mildew will build up within the condensation drain line. This will form a clog, causing water to back up and overflow within the air conditioning unit.

What should you do? To prevent this from happening, pour a cup of bleach into the access opening of the drain line near the air conditioning unit. Doing this will kill any algae, mold, or mildew that has formed within the pipe. In addition, place the hose of a powered-on wet/dry shop vacuum over the A/C line. Do this for about a minute to remove a clog. If water has overflowed into the drain pan under the unit you can use the shop vacuum to remove the water.

If the A/C drain line is clogged and the air conditioner float switch is faulty, water can get backed-up and overflow into your home. An air conditioner float switch protects from A/C system overflows. If you don’t check this a home insurance claim is only a matter of time.

Maintenance is not optional. Therefore it also essential to have your A/C unit serviced at least once per year from a licensed HVAC expert. An expert technician will be able to identify problems such as a faulty float switch and save you thousands of dollars due to a flooded home and help prevent home insurance claims.