Could My A/C’s Drain Line Be Clogged?

Temperatures will probably continue to hit the 90s for the next several weeks. But you? Your A/C is cranked and you’re comfortably relaxing inside, not even breaking a sweat. Lemonade in hand, you lay your head back on the couch, and shut your eyes, thinking about what a lucky person you are. You open your eyes and see…what appears to be damp water stains on the ceiling! It hasn’t rained, and your roof is new, so what could be wrong? Let’s head to the attic to find out.

Once you’ve made sure your air conditioning unit is turned off, you safely make your way to the attic. The first thing you need to check is the drain pan. That’s where condensation created by your A/C unit will collect. Here’s the catch: Your drain pan should be empty, or at least very low. Any overflow could leak down, and soak your ceiling causing the water stains that, if left unresolved, could cause major damage inside your home. 

If your drain pan is full, that means there’s likely a clog in your drain line. Walk around outside your home, and find the area where the drain lines lead. In most homes, you will see two exterior drain lines: one about a foot off the ground, and another one overhead, just underneath the roofline. If the bottom line is dry and the top line is dripping, that is a surefire sign that the line is clogged.

What to Do About a Clogged Drain Line

Unclogging your drain could be easy or difficult depending on the size and location of the clog. Simple tools like a drain snake, wet/dry vac, or even a garden hose used with a drain bladder might be able to get the job done. But if you want to get it done right, the first time, schedule an appointment with The Bosworth Company. Our team of experts can diagnose your problem quickly, and get the job done right. Worth the Call. Always.