This time of year is hot, hot, hot in Florida. What that means to us Floridians is our air conditioners are running non stop, 24/7. They are working hard and we need to take care of them so they take care of us.
What are some things you can do to keep things running smoothly for the rest of the summer? The number one thing you must do is remember to change your air filter at least once a month. What else should you do?
DIY Network has these helpful hints:
“Clean a Plugged Evaporator Drain
On the interior, warm, humid air from your home’s interior is blown through the evaporator coil. The cold coil absorbs heat from the air, cooling it, before the air is circulated back into your home. The humidity in the air condenses on the cool surface of the evaporator coil as liquid water, dripping into a pan below. From the pan, the water flows into a drain tube which is typically routed into a basement floor drain, utility sink, or outdoors.
Over time, algae and mold can build up and potentially plug the drain, so if the drain is either not flowing or flowing very slowly, it will need to be unplugged. A plugged drain can either cause damage by flooding onto the floor or, if the system is equipped with a drain float, cause the system to stop cooling in order to avoid flooding.
First, find the drain line where it leaves the evaporator coil enclosure. The drain is usually a one-inch PVC pipe (white, grey, or black). Follow it to the end where it drains. Often the line drains outside near the condenser unit, but it can also drain into a utility sink or basement floor drain or, in the case of attic units, down an outside wall.
Once located, use a wet/dry vacuum to clear the drain. It’s best to remove the paper filter from the wet/dry vacuum so as not to ruin the filter. Hold the hose of the wet/dry vacuum to the end of the drain line. You can use duct tape or simply hold a rag around the gap. Turn on the vacuum for 2-3 minutes then turn off. This will clear the drain of any growing biological matter.”
This is also something you should do once a month. If you don’t it can cause problems with overflow water and your system can shut down altogether.
Another important thing to do is put a little bleach in the drain line every so often. That keeps the algae build up to a minimum. It never hurts to get your unit checked at least once a year by a licensed HVAC company. You don’t want your air conditioner to break down in this hot weather.