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How do I clear my AC drain line?


  1. Turn off the power to your HVAC unit.
  2. Find your AC drain line.
  3. Push the stiff, thin brush into the end of the drain line.
  4. Attach the end of your wet/dry vacuum to the end of the AC drain line.
  5. After you’ve run the vacuum for about a minute, remove the wet/dry vac and head indoors.
  6. Locate the vent tee.


Likewise, is bleach or vinegar better for AC drain line?

Vinegar is definitely the easier of the two to rinse out of the drain line. Bleach should not be used for drain lines that are made of PVC or ABS plastic. Using vinegar for preventative maintenance throughout the year will keep not only keep your drain clean and clear, but it also will not damage your line.

Secondly, can you snake an AC drain line? Assess the clog. Take a look at the AC drain pipe and see if you can see the blockage. If you can see the blockage, you can attempt to manually remove it with your hands (wearing protective gloves) or by using a drainage snake. Be sure not to push the blockage further down the drain pipe.

Subsequently, question is, why does my AC drain keeps clogging?

As the air conditioning unit cycles the air and bring the temperature down it removes the humidity from the air. This humidity is sent to your drain line that might end somewhere outside in your property. The drain pipes may get clogged with dust, sludge or biological growth.

How often should you clean AC drain line?

Simply open up the drain line clean out or T on your inside unit and pour a 50/50 warm water and bleach mixture OR warm water and vinegar solution through the line. Be sure to use a minimum of 2 cups once or twice per year.


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