Heat, Humidity & AC Unit Drain Pipes
Steamy, sticky humid days are what make Florida unique from most places to live in the United States. Especially during the summer months when you can walk outside of your home on any given day and feel sticky and sweaty within minutes. Think about what this does to the home central air conditioning unit. The ac system does more than just cool the home. It also cleans and takes the moisture out of the air through de-humidification. The humidity in the air is what makes us feel sticky and hot, by removing it, your HVAC system can effectively cool your home.
Where does the moisture go? Well, in drier climates approximately 5 gallons/day drip through the drain pipe, in Florida and other humid areas, about 20 gallons/day pass through the drain pipe. The ac unit drain pipe is one of the most forgotten parts of the whole home air conditioning system. It quietly shuttles water either into a drip pan or out of the home. Always damp and dark, the drain pipe is a fantastic breeding ground for bacteria and algae since water doesn’t move quickly through it. Growing algae and bacteria can cause clogs in the AC unit drain pipe which could damage the unit beyond repair.
The first thing that comes to my mind are those sea monkeys we used to grow when I was young. I swear they were alive! Alive or not, the algae sea monkeys in the central air conditioning unit drain pipe must go so let’s talk about DIY ways unclog and prevent future clogs.
That’s right the amazing super power of DIY home cleaning projects has another use. Pour about ¼ cup into the AC Unit drain outlet, let it sit for several hours so it can kill the algae and bacteria and repeat monthly. A cap full of bleach also works great here instead of vinegar.
2. Shop Vac
Attach the suction hose from the vacuum to the end of the AC system drain pipe and turn it on! Let it run until water is flowing freely into the vacuum. Then make sure you refer to DIY ac unit tip #1 afterward.
3. Plumber’s Snake
Work the end of a plumbers snake into the HVAC system drain pipe moving it up and down as it goes through. Don’t forget to refer back to do-it-yourself air conditioner fixer tip #1!
Often times the force of water running into the central air conditioner drain pipe can cause the clog to break free. Simply open the fitting on top of the drain pipe (not all systems have one, so please check first). This fitting is near where the AC unit drain pipe exits the inside unit. Attach a garden hose, turn it on and be on the lookout for additional leaks especially if the clog is well formed.
One of the most common reasons for water damage in home and businesses is a result of a clogged drain pipe. The liquid that would flow through the drain pipe has nowhere to go except back. This can wreak havoc on the central air condition system. To avoid damage and be warned of any back up in the Central air conditioning unit drain pipe call your home ac repair professional to install an AC Float Switch. When installed properly, a valve in the AC Float Switch will “float” as moisture accumulates in the drain pipe. This sends a signal to the AC compressor telling it to shut off. Shutting your AC unit off lets the home owner know there is a problem and allows for the moisture to dry out.
If you are looking for the annual maintenance, emergency service, converting to central ac, or how much new ac units cost, Rainbow Lakes Heating and AC is your premiere air conditioning company. Warranty options for the air conditioning units vary per manufacturer, but most of them require registration and maintenance by a professional air conditioner fixer like Rainbow Lakes Heating and Air Conditioning. You can reach us at 352-489-6673 or https://www.rainbowlakesac.com/