As we creep closer to the summer days, the one appliance on every homeowner’s mind is their air conditioner. Is it clean? Has it been serviced this year? There are many things to consider when it comes to your air conditioner. One thing in particular is – is it working properly? A common cause for an air conditioner to malfunction is water in the drip pan.
If your air conditioner’s drip pan is full of standing water it is most likely coming from a clogged drain pipe. Over time, the humid conditions inside of your air conditioning unit can breed mold or algae, which will clog the drain pipe. This is an important reason to always have your air conditioner serviced annually.
Follow these steps to check your drain pipe for clogs, and fix them:
Turn the power off to your air conditioner. Even if it isn’t working, make sure to eliminate any electricity to the unit.
Check the hoses and tubing on your unit to ensure there are no holes, cracks, or leaks. If you find any, the affected pieces will need to be replaced.
Remove the water from the drain pan using a wet vacuum cleaner. Once the water has been sucked up and disposed of, you can clean any sludge or corrosion that has accumulated on or around the drain. Make sure that all drain components are clean and free from debris or muck.
Remove the drain pipe cap and clear the clog. This can be done using a wire brush and some bleach. Make sure to wear gloves and goggles when working with the bleach, as some could splash in your eyes while you are scrubbing.
Once you replace the drain pipe cap, you can turn your air conditioner on. If it doesn’t come on immediately, turn it off and wait for 40 minutes then try again. If it still doesn’t come on, you will need to contact a professional.
Mold or algae growth in the drain pipe is a common issue with air conditioners, as is clogs cause by leaves and debris. If your air conditioner hasn’t been serviced yet this year April is a great month to do it. Before the weather gets too hot, schedule a maintenance appointment for your air conditioner to ensure you will have a cool home without any problems this summer.