Having an air conditioner for your home that runs correctly during the hot summer months is a luxury that lots of modern families enjoy. You don’t want to have to spend money on air conditioner repair Mission Viejo, so you should be taking steps to protect the components of your AC unit. Just as you would check the fluids on your car regularly to make sure it’s running correctly, you should also take the time to service your AC. Here are a couple of often-neglected steps that you can take so that problems don’t arise.
The Evaporator Coil
Your AC has a furnace unit/inside blower, and on it is an evaporator coil door. You can look online and see pictures if you’re not able to identify it. Often the door will have foil duct tape over it, and there will be some bolts or screws holding it in place. Once the door is off, the coil will be exposed. Use a soft brush to remove any dirt or other debris from around the coil. Then, spray the coil with some no-rinse coil cleaner. It’s available at any home improvement store. The spray comes out as a foam-like substance. Coat the coil with it, and allow it to drip into the drain pan. When you’re done, clean the pan out with a little bleach, hot water, and soap. Then, mix a half-cup of bleach with a half-cup of water and pour it down the drain. If you want to be even more diligent about keeping the drain clear, there are drain cleansing tablets you can put in the pan that are commercially available. If the bleach and water drain with no problem, replace the evaporator coil door.
What If The Solution Doesn’t Drain Easily?
If the water-bleach solution doesn’t drain quickly, it probably means that algae have built up and clogged the drain. This can happen over time, and even if the blockage is not visible, you’ll be able to tell it’s there by the drain not flowing, or flowing slowly. If you don’t take care of this problem, you risk flooding, as moisture collects and has no place to go but onto the floor.
Locate the drain line where it leaves the evaporator coil area. The drain is often a one-inch PVC pipe; just follow it to the end where it drains. It might drain into a utility sink, outside by the condenser unit, or to a basement floor drain. Once you’ve located it, use a wet/dry vac to clear the blockage. Remove the paper filter from the wet/dry vac so as not to ruin it, then hold the hose to the end of the drain line and turn on the vacuum. You may need to leave it on for two or three minutes to completely clear whatever is obstructing it. Once you’ve finished, the drain should function normally again.
If you follow these steps and take care of your AC unit, you should have no problems with it. Be diligent, and you won’t have to spend the money on repairs that you could easily avoid.