Last night, just before 7, we were leaving to go to our friends’ house and when we stepped out on the porch, Vince said “Why is it wet out here? Did you spill something? No! I don’t think I did! Then he looked up and condensate overflow line was dripping. Sunday night before Labor Day . . never a good time to need an a/c guy out here. In other houses, we’ve poured bleach down our condensate line every couple of months but here, the unit is in the attic and the attic access is through a little hole in the laundry room ceiling.
The air conditioner is all being replaced next month and we’re going to open up one side of the . . heck, I don’t know what you all it . . you know where the bricks stop and there’s wood going up to the peak in the roof? Anyway, we’re going to have a door put in so you don’t have to access the a/c unit through that little hole in the ceiling.
Vince got on YouTube and figured out how to put a vacuum on the line and suck out what was blocking it.
He got the main line cleaned out, then thankfully, thought to put a vacuum on the overflow line and it must have been almost clogged because even when he turned the vacuum off and disconnected it, water kept pouring out of that line. It wouldn’t have been long before we had water coming through our kitchen ceiling.
Part of our routine maintenance is now going to be to vacuum out both of those lines. Just think if we had been gone for a few days and that happened. What a mess! So, for anyone not pouring bleach down your condensate line on a routine basis, especially if your unit is in the attic or a second floor where you don’t want water damage, you might want to put a vacuum on the condensate line to make sure it’s clean.
Vince can be pretty handy! I think I’ll keep him! 🙂