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How to Prevent a Clogged AC Drain Line in Fort Mill, Rock Hill, and Indian Land?

Your A/C condensate drain line is a PVC pipe that exits your house and is typically located near your outdoor air conditioner.  The drain line connects to your indoor evaporator coil. The drain line removes the condensation produced by the evaporator coil (This is box attached to your furnace or inside your indoor air handler) and carries it to the outside of your home. But where there’s condensation, there’s always the possibility of mold and bacterial growth. Mold, bacteria, algae, as well as sediment and even insects, can build up inside your drain line. These can form a clog in your condensate line.  This will cause the water to back up into your home and will fill the drain pan located under your furnace and coil or air handler. Once the drain pan overflows, well you now have a major mess on your hands!

A clogged A/C drain line is one of the most common problems HVAC technicians are called to homes for during the summer or air conditioning season.

Read below to find out what you to do when your A/C drain line is clogged and how you can prevent it.

What to Do in Five Easy Steps:  Check out this short how-to video

  1. Turn off your air conditioner at both the thermostat and the breaker.
  2. Find your drain line exit point (remember it’s the PVC pipe attached to your home) and the access point (which is a T-shaped pipe with a cover or cap attached to your indoor unit).
  3. Check for anything that might have clogged the exit point (this may require a ladder as some units are in the attic – move to step 4 if you don’t have a ladder or feel comfortable climbing). If you can’t find the source of the clog there, then remove the cap to the access point. 
  4. If you can’t see a clog, pour household bleach into the line. Start with a ¼ cup to a ½ cup. Give it 30 minutes and see if anything came out the exit point. If not, try again and see if that clears it out. 
  5. If you still can’t unclog it, you can try attaching a wet-dry vacuum where the line exits your home. (See the video above)

How Do You Prevent a Clogged Drain Line in Fort Mill, SC

Not only should you use the liquid bleach to unclog your A/C drain line, but you should always use it as a preventative measure. Once or twice per summer pour a ½ cup of bleach into the drain from the access point at the indoor unit. This will clean the drain and kill bacteria, mold, and algae growth. Also, it is good to keep to a regular maintenance schedule.  R & B Climate Control will service your air conditioning system twice per year to keep it operating at factory specs. They will ensure your unit is clean and functioning efficiently. A little preventative care goes a long way in protecting your air conditioner.  Trust who your neighbors trust in Fort Mill, Rock Hill, and Indian Land, SC – R & B Climate Control!

How to Cut Your Utility Bill in Half This Summer in Fort Mill, SC

Summer is a favorite time of year for so many. Warm summer nights and long days that include vacations, swimming, kids playing outdoors, and picnics at the park. But along with the fun of summer comes the dreaded high utility bill. Summer is hot, especially in South Carolina. It’s too hot to keep the windows open so your air conditioner runs throughout the day and night just so you can stay comfortable. With utility rate increases, your utility bill probably just keeps getting higher and higher. What can you do to cut costs and potentially cut your bill in half this summer?

Replace Air Filters

Clean air filters help your air conditioner operate efficiently. Dirty and clogged air filters are a big contributor to higher utility bills because your air conditioner has to work harder to circulate the air. It will also help with allergies and asthma. Check them once a month and replace them if they’re dirty.

Avoid Heat-Generating Appliances in Rock Hill, SC

The oven, dryer, and dishwasher create a lot of heat in your house every time you use them. Try to find alternatives whenever possible, and you’ll see savings in the long run.

Instead of using the oven, you can cook on the stovetop, use a crockpot, or even fire up the grill.

Give your clothes dryer a break, hang items outside to dry. If you suffer from spring allergies; look for places around your house where you can lay out the laundry or look into purchasing drying racks.

Water heaters require energy, so try washing your laundry and dishes in cold water to save energy.

Instead of using the dishwasher, wash dishes by hand and let them air dry.

If you need to use the dryer or dishwasher, run them in the early mornings or overnight. Also, make sure you’ve cleaned your dryer traps and vents.

Keep Your Blinds and Curtains Closed from Direct Light in Indian Land

If you’re away from home, keep all your blinds and curtains closed. It’s best to keep the blinds or curtains closed during hot sunny hours of the midday and afternoon.  It will significantly lower the temperature in your home. When you are home and want to use natural light to save energy, only open the blinds or curtains that will let in indirect light.  

R & B Climate Control Recommends to Use Fans

Ceiling fans are a great cost-effective way to cool you off. Just remember to turn your ceiling fan to run counterclockwise during the summer.

If you don’t have ceiling fans, invest in portable fans. You can find inexpensive fans that have several different speeds, settings, and come with remotes.

Use your bathroom fan when you take a shower. A bathroom fan will suck up the humidity and heat from your shower.

Use Low Flow Shower Heads

Install low flow shower heads that reduce the amount of water consumption when you shower.

Turn Down Your Water Heater or Go Tankless

Most thermostats are set at 140 degrees. Turning it down to 120 degrees will lower your utility bills and still maintain a comfortable water temperature. Your water heater uses energy to maintain a constant water temperature. By lowering the temperature your water heater uses less energy.

Because tankless water heaters only work when you turn on hot water, they use less energy than standard water heaters. Switching to a tankless water heater may lower your utility bills.

Use LED Light Bulbs

Once your incandescent light bulbs stop working, replace them with LED bulbs. LED bulbs are more expensive but last much longer and use 80 to 90% less energy than incandescent light bulbs, providing you savings.

Turn It Off and Use Power Strips

Turn off lights, computers, and televisions. Unplug phones and tablets when not charging. Simple steps like these can make a big difference in the amount of electricity you and your home consume. You can even plug your electronics and appliances into power strips. Turn the power strip off when you can. Many of our electronics and appliances use energy even when they’re not in use.

Raise Your Thermostat in Fort Mill

Keep your thermostat at a comfortable temperature but not too cool. Try turning it up a couple degrees and see if your home is still comfortable. Keep it as high as possible while still maintaining your comfort level. A few degrees higher on the thermostat will save you money.

Invest in a Programmable or Smart Thermostat

You can lower your cooling bill as much as 10% by turning your temperatures down seven to ten degrees. A programmable thermostat allows you to set a schedule which would increase the temperatures during the times you’re not there.

You could also purchase a smart thermostat which allows you to control the temperature in your home remotely through a smartphone, tablet, remote control, or by voice. More advanced smart thermostats actually “learn” from your behaviors. Over time, they recognize and remember your regular heating and cooling habits. They will determine the most appropriate temperature based on the time of year, the time of day, the number of occupants, and previous patterns of use.

Properly Insulate Your Home

Before summer is in full swing, make sure your home is properly insulated. Once you turn your air conditioner on, you want to keep the cool air in and the hot air out. Check windows and doors for places where air may be getting in or out. If needed, caulk windows and replace weather stripping on the doors.

Check the ductwork in your attic or crawlspaces for leaks. A properly insulated home will help keep down costs and preserve energy.

Regular Preventative Maintenance from R & B Climate Control

Keeping to a regular maintenance schedule will ensure that your unit is working efficiently, increase the longevity, and reduce your air conditioning system’s energy consumption.

Should I Do My Own Repairs to My HVAC System in Fort Mill, SC?

DIY Air Conditioner Repair?

DIY home repairs are a routine part of life for the average homeowner. Nobody wants to spend unnecessary money, but should your air conditioner be one of the items on your DIY checklist? Probably not… unless you’re a licensed HVAC contractor, it’s best to leave repairs to the professionals. Here’s why:

It Could Be Dangerous

Air conditioners run on electricity. Electrical currents can cause serious bodily harm, even death. Even if you think you’ve turned off the electricity at the breaker box, electrical currents could still be flowing and thus shock you when you begin to try to work on your unit.

You Could Cause More Damage

Have you ever tried to fix something only to do more damage? Now imagine that it’s your air conditioner. If you don’t know what you’re doing, it’s best not to tinker around or you could cause more damage. What could have been a simple fix could lead to a more serious, and much more expensive, problem. You may have watched YouTube videos on how to change a capacitor, but if it’s not performed correctly you may end up with more than a bad capacitor.

Warranty

Whether you have a limited manufacturer’s warranty or purchased an extended warranty, attempting repairs yourself could void your warranty on your air conditioning system! Remember to contact a certified HVAC technician to perform annual maintenance and repairs on your system. The professionals at R & B Climate Control in Fort Mill, SC have been taking care of the community for over 10 years.

Neglecting annual maintenance by a professional will lead to unnecessary wear and tear on your unit and a manufacturer will not warranty the equipment unless it has been kept in a good, working condition. Annual maintenance is what keeps your unit clean and functioning properly.

Extended warranties usually function the same as the manufacturer’s warranty. All repairs and maintenance should be done by your licensed HVAC professionals.

Then What Can I Do in Fort Mill, Indian Land, or Rock Hill?

Change your air filters monthly. This cuts down on dust and pollen in your home as well as helps your air conditioner to operate more efficiently.

Keep the unit clean and free of debris, such as bushes, tree limbs, and leaves. Dirty condenser coils may cause your unit to blow a fuse, cause a refrigerant leak, or might be the reason behind problems with your blower or fan. Maintenance plans will ensure your unit is clean, but you can do this yourself in between scheduled visits from an HVAC technician.

Why is my air conditioner blowing fuses in Fort Mill, SC?

overgrown air conditioner Fort Mill

Summers in Rock Hill and Fort Mill are hot and humid. Because your air conditioner works harder over the summer months, it’s more likely to blow a fuse at that time. While a blown fuse is normally not a big deal, it could be a sign of more serious problems. Read on to find out more information, at R & B Climate Control we’re here to help!

A clogged or dirty filter

If your filter is clogged or dirty, it creates extra pressure internally on your air conditioner and the air conditioner may blow a fuse to protect itself. This is an easy fix and can be taken care of by preventative measures. Replace your air filters once a month.

Dirty condenser coils

Just like the air filters in your home, your air conditioner will have to work harder if your condenser coils are dirty. Check your air conditioner and make sure that the condenser coils aren’t covered with dirt and leaves. (That’s the box outside your home with the fan turning) Remove any plants or tree limbs that may be too close to your unit and the source of unwanted debris build up.

Loose electrical connections, low refrigerant, malfunctioning parts

If your air filters and condenser coils are clean, it’s time to call R & B Climate Control in Fort Mill to diagnose the problem. It might be that there is a loose electrical connection in your fuse box. Your HVAC technician from R & B is a trained professional and can diagnose and repair the problem.
Low levels of refrigerant can cause your air conditioner to blow a fuse. Your HVAC technician will check for refrigerant levels, also called freon, and determine if there is a leak.
If you have malfunctioning parts on your air conditioner, then this may also be the culprit. You’ll need to call your HVAC technician at R & B Climate Control to check if the motor, compressor, capacitor, and condenser fan are all working properly.

Don’t wait until the problem gets worse? Call R & B Climate Control to schedule your HVAC maintenance today. (803)489-8721