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How Do I Unclog My AC’s Condensate Drain Line?

July 27, 2017

If you see water leaking from your air conditioner and know a clogged condensate drain line is to blame, you’ll want to fix the situation ASAP. A clog in your condensate drain line can lead to expensive water damage—fast.

To help you minimize the damage, we’ve included DIY instructions for unclogging your air conditioner’s condensate drain line.

Not interested in fixing it yourself? Just contact us and we’ll send over a professional to clear your condensate drain line.

If you have a wet/dry vacuum on hand...

1.   Turn your AC off immediately.

2.   Locate your condensate drain outside. Your condensate drain is a white PVC pipe that’s usually located by your outdoor AC unit.

Look for a white, PVC drain located near your outdoor AC unit.

3.   Connect the wet/dry vacuum to the end of the condensate drain.

4.   Make the connection airtight. You can use duct tape or a towel to wrap tightly around the connection between the vacuum and the opening of the drain.

5.   Run the vacuum for at least 10 seconds.

6.   Repeat step #5 until you clear the clog.

If you don’t have a wet/dry vacuum…

1.   Turn your AC off immediately.

2.    Locate your condensate drain outside. Your condensate drain is a white PVC pipe that’s usually located by your outdoor AC unit.

3.   Connect a garden hose to the end of the condensate drain.

4.   Make the connection airtight. You can use duct tape or a towel to wrap tightly around the connection between the hose and the opening of the drain.

5.   Turn on the hose and make sure the water sprays upward into the drain. Leave the water on for at least 10 seconds to loosen the clog.

6.   Remove the hose and let the water drain out.

7.   Complete step #5 and #6 until the water runs clear.

Need help from a Florida tech?

Air conditioner condensate drain still clogged?

Just contact us and we’ll have a professional remove the clog and make sure your AC is in good shape.

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