Can Vinegar Clean My AC Drain Line?



At Sea Coast Air Conditioning, we know that a clean AC is a happy AC… and an even happier owner! That’s why we always encourage all of our customers to keep their air conditioners in peak performance with regular maintenance.

However, between maintenance visits, there are ways that you can help your AC stay in great shape! And it’s easier than you might think. For instance, simply adding vinegar to your system can easily and effectively help keep your drain tube clean and free of problems. Learn how this one trick can keep your AC running and save you from a lot of headache.

Why You Need to Clean Your Drain Line

Your air conditioner’s drain line is a small but important PVC pipe responsible for removing condensation. It takes all the water produced by the evaporator coil, and channels it away from your system.

Unfortunately, if this line is not properly maintained, bacteria and algae can start to grow inside and clog the drain. This may lead your drain pan to overflow, causing water damage in your home.

No one wants to waste their time or energy trying to clean up after their drain pipe. That’s why it’s important that you regularly maintenance your pipe to keep it clean and clog free.

Cleaning Your Drain Line

Cleaning your drain line couldn’t be simpler! All you need is a few minutes and some household basics. All you will need is some regular distilled vinegar.

– First, locate your drain line. It is generally located in the attic or utility closet near the condensate pan. It should be a long, white PVC pipe sticking straight up with a small cover on top. If you’re still not sure where your drain line is, ask your technician to show it to you during your next maintenance checkup.

– Remove the cap and pour in distilled vinegar. There is no exact amount you need to add, but around ¼ a cup should be fine.

– Repeat every month for a clean and bacteria free drain line!

Be aware, that if at any time while doing this you see water pooled, or the vinegar will not go down the drain, you may have a blockage. This needs to be taken care of at once by either yourself or a professional HVAC technician.

Keep Your Entire System Clean and Healthy

The best way to keep your AC in peak performance all year round is with regular annual maintenance! At Sea Coast Air Conditioning, we offer total maintenance for your entire home comfort system. Call today or go online to schedule your appointment.

 

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