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Keep your AC running smoothly with vinegar

Air conditioners play an essential role in providing a comfortable living environment, especially with Florida’s near year round hot weather. However, AC units routinely experience avoidable outages and reduced efficiency, leading to major discomfort. The most common cause is a clogged condensate drain line. In this article, we will discuss the benefits of regularly adding vinegar to your air conditioner's condensate drain line and how doing so can help you avoid 90% of AC outages, ensuring you stay cool all year round.

Why Does the Condensate Drain Line Clog?

The primary purpose of an air conditioner is to remove heat and humidity from your living space. During this process, moisture is extracted from the air, creating condensation (water). The condensate drain line is responsible for channeling this excess water out of your AC system and into a designated drain leading to the outside.

Routinely, however, the drain line can become clogged with dirt, algae and other debris. When this happens, the water cannot drain properly, leading to the system run and they shut off, blow warm air, reduced cooling, and even completely shut off.

The Benefits of Using Vinegar in Your AC's Condensate Drain Line

Vinegar is a versatile and natural cleaning solution that can easily help you avoid the majority of AC outages caused by a clogged condensate drain line. Its acidic nature makes it effective at dissolving and removing buildup, while being gentle on your AC system, and it’s much easier to clean up versus bleach. Here are some benefits of using vinegar to clean your AC's condensate drain line:

  1. Prevents clogs: Regularly adding vinegar to your drain line helps break down and remove debris, preventing clogs and ensuring proper drainage.

  2. Reduces algae growth within the drain, preventing most clogs: Vinegar's antimicrobial properties can control growth within the drain line, keeping it clean and functional.

  3. Cost-effective: Vinegar is an affordable solution.

  4. Environmentally friendly: Unlike harsh chemicals, vinegar is biodegradable and safe for the environment.

How to Add Vinegar to Your AC's Condensate Drain Line

To keep your air conditioner running smoothly and avoid frustrating outages, follow these simple steps to add vinegar to your AC's condensate drain line:

  1. Turn off your air conditioner: Before you begin, ensure your AC unit is turned off for safety purposes.

  2. Locate the drain line: The condensate drain line is typically a PVC pipe located near your indoor air conditioning unit. It should lead to an external drain or a condensate pump.

  3. Access the drain line: Remove the access cap or vent tee from the drain line.

  4. Pour vinegar into the drain line: Using a funnel, carefully pour one cup of white distilled vinegar into the drain line. This amount should be sufficient for most residential AC systems.

  5. Replace the access cap or vent tee: Securely fasten the cap or vent tee back onto the drain line.

  6. Turn your AC back on: With the drain line cleaned, you can now turn your air conditioner back on and enjoy cool, comfortable air.  Note; this procedure is for preventing drain line clogs, if you currently have a clog, you’ll want to open a maintenance request via your Account Portal.

By regularly adding vinegar each month to your air conditioner's condensate drain line, you can easily prevent 90% of AC outages and maintain a comfortable environment all year around.

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