Tampa Bay handyman here again to talk a little about cleaning our your air conditioner condensate line. You will more then likely have to do this once a year. See there is always going to be a little water in your drip pan running through the air conditioner condensate line as long as your running the air conditioner. When your not running the air conditioner thats when the slime sludge will start to build up, and eventually the condensate line will clog and it will either trigger the air conditioners float switch killing the power to the air handler or it will flood your house.
So before you go out and pay some hvac technician a couple hundred dollars to do about 5 minutes of work just keep reading. What you will need is just a wet/dry vacuum. Go out side and locate where the condensate pipe is. Turn the vacuum on and suck away, let the vacuum suck out the line for a couple of minutes to make sure it gets all the sludge out of the condensate line. Thats it, your drain line should be clear for a couple months to a year.
This is by far not the only way to clean out a air conditioner condensate line the method above is the method that I use because I have found that it works the most efficient and I usually don't have callbacks when I use the wet vacuum. They sell tools like the gallo gun which uses nitrogen cartridges to blow the line clean from the inside, some hvac technicians will use nitrogen tanks, or "the drain dog", you could also hook a garden hose up to the condensate line and turn the hot water on and flush the drain out. And I've even heard that grapefruit juice will dissolve the slime sludge.
Whatever method works for you. If you wanna prevent sludge from building up at all they sell condensate tablets that are designed to stop sludge growth, you just pop them in your drip pan about once a month. Okay, short lesson, thats all from the Tampa Bay Handyman today on air conditioner condensate lines.
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