Everything You Need to Know About Unclogging Drain Lines
Are your drain lines clogged? There are several ways to unclog drain lines, depending on which pipe you’re dealing with. If your clogs are in an external plumbing connector or a roofline, then call on a professional for help. This applies to drain lines in dishwashers, washing machines, and sinks. A-1 Heating Air Conditioning & Electric is trained in the proper use of a snake and will arrive at your home soon. We have successfully cleared clogs in drain lines many times before. For sink or shower drains that are clogged with soap buildup, there are several ways to unclog them without any professional help. But if your clogs are in windows and balconies, we can get you sorted out right away!
A-1 Heating Air Conditioning & Electric offers the following services for clogged drain lines:
- Unclogging your dishwasher drain line
- Clearing clogs in sink drainpipes
- Cleaning your icemaker
- Cleaning out the sediment from your air conditioner’s condenser and evaporator coils
Signs of a Blocked Air Conditioner
Rust and stains throughout the AC unit are signs of an air conditioning system that’s bled or that’s in the process of breaking. If your AC’s flushed and you’re still seeing rust and discoloration, then you may need to hire a home repair team to come in and fix it.
If it is not cooling or draining, the first step before calling a plumber is to check your thermostat. Make sure your thermostat has been set to the right temperature and that it is not damaged in any way.
Also, check the AC filter for debris. If you can remove the filter, there will be signs of dirt and grime on it. If you can’t get to the filter but your AC is still not doing what it should, you may want to call a professional.
How to Easily Unclog Drain Lines in Your AC
If you got some time to deal with a clogged drain line, then you can possibly take care of it yourself. Here is what you need to do, depending on the type of pipe.
Window/Balcony Air Conditioner Drainpipe
If you have a drain line that goes from the top of the window to the bottom, below your AC unit, then you need to unclog it with a plumber’s snake. Think about all the water that goes down it, including rain, snowmelt, and condensation. And it’s not just the water that’s causing a clog but also all the gross stuff that comes along with it.
First, you’ll need to back up your AC and open all air vents. Then, after you’ve cleaned down to the copper, you’ll need to wrap a long rubber snake with a fitting at one end and an open, flathead screwdriver on the other end like a plumber’s snake. Grab both ends, hold them down against your AC unit and start sliding them inside. When you find a clog, try to pull it out in one piece, the easiest way is to grip the block with pliers and then slide the snake’s head past it. Once you’ve got the clog, lower your AC unit into position, and then flip on your water supply.
Outside Drain Line
If your drainpipe connects to an external connector or runs through your roof, it’s going to be a much bigger hassle. First, you’ll need to clean out the pipe and then run a cable through it. Then, you’ll need to call a roofing team to fix it, and while they’re at it, they can check your roof for possible leaks.
How to Prevent Clogging From Happening Again
If you’d like to prevent this from happening again, then you should invest in a drain cleaner and add it to the regular anti-corrosion process. And if your drainage from the inside is slow, then do yourself a favor and invest in an air conditioner that’s vented outside.
Flush frequently your drainage system, whether it’s in the pipes or ducting. Clean out all pipes and ducts, see to it that they’re all clear of debris.
Make sure that you get routine maintenance. If your air conditioning system hasn’t been cleaned for a month, you should check and make sure all is well.
Remember to use hot water, and don’t add acid or anything of the sort into your AC unit. If you do, you’ll have to buy a new thermostat.
It may be a big job, or it may be a small one. If you can take care of your clog yourself, then we congratulate you! If not, then call us, and we’ll take care of your clog with our plumber’s snake. In addition to unclogging your drain lines, A-1 Heating Air Conditioning & Electric can also fix your heating system or install an air conditioning unit. We make sure that everything is working perfectly the first time, not to mention the second and the third time around! Give us a call today, and we’ll walk you through our process. Our services are available 24/7, and we can be at your home in no time.