August Home Maintenance To-Do List

By: Danny Lipford
Pouring a cup of bleach in an air conditioner drain line.

Pour a cup of bleach in the air conditioner drain line to kill algae and prevent clogs.

To-Do #2: Clean Air Conditioner Drain Line

Air conditioners remove water from the air in your house as they cool, and the last thing you want on a hot August day is for the condensation drain line to become clogged with algae and back the water up into your AC unit or house.

To check the drain line for clogs, pour a cup of water down the access line while someone else watches where the pipe exits outside. If the water drains slowly or not at all, it’s clogged and needs to be cleared.

To remove a clog from the line, attach a wet-dry vac to the end of the pipe, and use it to suck the clog out of the drain line. Watch our AC Drain Clean Out video to find out how.

To prevent future clogs in the air conditioner drain line, pour a cup of bleach down the access pipe to kill any algae. Check out our video on How to Clean an AC Condensation Drain Line to find out more.

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  • Ann Says:
    August 2nd, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    Pressure washed the outside of my air conditioner. Now some of the out side is closed up . How do I open up the grill on it.


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    Ben Erickson Says:
    August 2nd, 2015 at 12:45 pm

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  • G. Brown Says:
    August 2nd, 2015 at 11:51 am

    How can one respond to the posts?



  • Penn Says:
    August 1st, 2015 at 9:48 am

    When cleaning the refrigerator coils, go the extra distance and clean the refrigerator fan as well. On my old model, it’s accessed at the back of the unit, at the bottom, and requires removal of a couple of screws. Those fans can become nearly clogged with dust, dirt, and pet hair over time. Cleaning them can really improve the performance of the refrigerator. Mine stopped switching on as often, which saved on the electric bill. MUST UNPLUG REFRIGERATOR BEFORE DOING COILS OR FAN!!!



  • Lise Says:
    August 31st, 2014 at 10:00 am

    I have cement stairs in the front of my house , they have been painted many many times now it needs new paint but I`m having a hard time to get all the old paint off do you have any idea how to get it all off ..thx



  • JC Says:
    August 1st, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    Question about ac unit indoors. I have removed old filter and replace with new. Notice coils are dirty with dust that is wet. What are some ways to clean the coil, and inside until.



  • Holly S Says:
    August 1st, 2014 at 10:19 am

    Great list! Thanks



  • Karen Says:
    August 18th, 2013 at 8:29 am

    What can I do to repair or replace the wood that has pulled apart from the right angles that frame our bay window? I have tried caulking, but the gaps seem to be too wide.


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