The air conditioning is a vital part of your home. When you enter the hot season of the year, you will depend on your air conditioning to provide a fresh and clean air. Dedicating a few time to clean your air conditioner will be a great improvement on how it works.
The drain line is a simple copper tube with a specific length depending on the unit where it is used, whose interior has a very small diameter hole. It is common to put a dehydrator filter at the beginning of this drain line in order to prevent the obstruction of the same, which it is likely to be blocked with impurities.
One of the many advantages of this drain line, is to create a balance between both parts high and low pressure when the system stops. Consequently that when the compressor starts is not subjected to a boot with a large pressure against.
The drain line can be described as a fixed length tube with very small orifice that connects the high pressure (condenser) side and low pressure (evaporator) side of an air conditioner. The drain line works by providing some resistance to the flow of the refrigerant in the liquid state, maintaining pressure. Due to the friction and the acceleration generated inside the drain line, the pressure drops as the refrigerant crosses the length of the drain line.
In those scenarios, where for different reasons the drain line must be replaced, it must be replaced by another one with the same characteristics as the original, in order that the air conditioning system achieves the same performance. In case that the original measurements of the drain line are not available, it will be the professional’s experience and the different tests with different lengths that will determine the ideal length.
The professional must take special care during the soldering of the drain line. Since the diameter of the drain line is very small, the drain line may become blocked with soldering material if proper precautions are not taken. Soldering the drain line requires some patience and experience.
Blocking or obstruction problems in the drain line Among the causes that cause this failure we can mention:
Presence of humidity in the air conditioning that when trying to cross the drain line freezes and obstructs the same.
Presence of impurities generated by the degradation of the oil that accumulate in the drain line and obstruct it.
Bad practices during the repair of the unit that cause obstruction of the drain line.
There exist some easy ways to clean clogged air conditioner drain lines by yourself
Vacuum cleaner Fasten the end of the drain line to the suction hose of the vacuum cleaner. Turn the vacuum cleaner on and hold until all the dirty is out and you see that water flows through the drain line.
Vinegar Find the main nozzle of the drain line, once you find it empty half cup of white vinegar through the drain line and wait to see the produce effect. One of the amazing properties of vinegar is the prevention of the appearance of algae in the drain line. Cleaning the drain line with vinegar despite being could take some time, be patient and for better results consider doing this process at least once a month, this way the results are going to be better and assure to be algae free.
Use a Hose Using a hose is a simpler and faster method of cleaning a clogged drain line. Even though it will not remove algae a 100% it will definitely clear most of the obstructions on the drain line. Although it is true that the pressure of the water will remove all the dirt, you must be careful not to create a leak without intention.
If you are low budget or a do-it-yourself person then the steps and considerations above fits perfect for you and you will keep clean as much as possible you air conditioner. However if you do not feel comfortable doing this by yourself it is always recommendable to find a professional authorized that is able to do this job.
This short guidance will teach you to determinate the possible problems that can present air conditioners and differentiate them. This way you will be able to solve the problem as soon as possible and have some knowledge about the maintenance of air conditioners.
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