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How to Clean a Condensate Pump

Updated: Feb 10, 2023

The condensate pump is an important component of your air conditioning system. Without, there would be lots of stagnant water within your system, which as we know, is no good. But thanks to the condensate pump, this doesn’t happen.

The condensate pump has three main parts: the reservoir, the float, and the pump. The pumps work together to remove the condensation that is produced by your air conditioning system during the cooling process. As the condensation level rises in the reservoir, the float begins to lift, which signals the pump to activate. The pump then moves the condensation through a drain line and out of your home. Sounds like magic, right?

Although condensate pumps are both durable and reliable, they do need to be maintained to prevent them from failing. A condensate pump that isn’t properly maintained is subject to overflowing, which can cause significant water damage in your home. One of the easiest ways to prevent this is by regularly cleaning the condensate pump. Luckily, you can do this yourself with a little know-how and time. Check out our easy guide below.

Condensate Pump Cleaning Kit


Cleaning a Condensate Pump in 8 Steps

Step 1. Inspect the condensate pump for water. Before you clean the condensate pump, check out the area surrounding it to ensure it’s not leaking. If the area is wet or has pooling water, you need to find the source of the leak.


Step 2. Turn the power off at the source. Before you clean the condensate pump, you must turn the power off at the main breaker box.


Step 3. Disconnect the PVC tubing connected to the reservoir.


Step 4. Remove the condensate pump and place it in a suitable work area. Be sure to not run your air conditioning system while the condensate pump is disconnected.


Step 5. Rinse the reservoir. Using clean water, remove any algae, dirt, and debris in the reservoir as well as all of the opening and where the drain lines connect.


Step 6. Remove any clogs. Using a bottlebrush or a similar tool, carefully remove any clogs in the condensate pump. Rinse the pump but be sure no the saturate the pump motor.


Step 7. Reconnect the drain lines. Reconnect the drain lines to the pump reservoir making sure to connect them in their proper places.


Step 8. Restore power to the pump.


Condensate Pump Repair In Orlando

For when you’d rather leave the HVAC projects to the professionals, Energy Air is here. We offer a variety of air conditioning services to Orlando homeowners and beyond and can clean the condensate pump within your system. Contact us today to learn how we can help or schedule an appointment with us online.

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