How to Fix A Condensate Drain Line


Hey! My name is Adi Rakanovic. I’m a realtor with Lipply Real Estate and today I’m here at one of my listings in Tarpon Springs. We’re about two days out from closing and I’m here checking out some of the problems that came up during the inspection.

So one of the issues was a 4 point issue and that's why we’re up here in the attic looking at the air handler. The problem was this condensate drain line. As you can see here it is not connected so we need to glue that back in.

Let me explain why this is actually a pretty big deal and why it could be a problem and why I’m out here fixing it myself. This condensate drain line can back up very, very easily. Now here's how it works as far as backing up. You take this out, and ideally, if you are a good homeowner, once a month you will come up here and drop a cup of vinegar down here. That will eat up all the algae that builds in this condensate drain line. The reason that's important is because if too much gets backed up in this system, this is one of the redundancies that homeowner's have. You take this out; this is a float. See this here? Essentially, if this float comes up to here, it will shut off the air handler which, in the case of too much water,is exactly what we want because. It’s a dehumidifier that takes all the water out of the air and you don't want too much of that because it is not built to withstand that kind of pressure. So, like I said, if the float gets too high, the air handler shuts off - we don't want that.

So, we are going to fix the drain line, glue it back together, and we are going to drop some vinegar down here just to be safe for the new buyers and, ideally, we close in two days with no hiccups!

Adi Rakanovic, REALTOR ~ Lipply Real Estate ~ 827-858-7882

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