I was a little bit stunned when I saw a huge amount of water on the floor when I went to do some laundry in the basement.
At first I thought somehow the washing machine was leaking water, but the water wasn’t coming from there.
Then I thought maybe I had a leaking pipe somewhere down there, but there were no leaking pipes. The water was actually leaking from the HVAC unit itself, and it scared me because I had no clue what was wrong. My first thought was to call an HVAC professional, but instead I got on the phone with some friends. Everybody told me that the problem wasn’t even that big of a deal. They said it sounded like my condensate line was clogged up because that’s usually why water leaks when your AC system is running. They told me to simply take my shop-vac and wrap a wet rag around the condensate hose to get a good seal and suck out all the dirt and debris. Sure enough, that did the trick! Once the drain was no longer clogged, the pump had no issue with pumping the water where it belongs, in the drain! When I told my buddies that their solution to my problem worked, they laughed and said they saved me a good $100 at least. They said some companies would charge up to $500 to cover a “repair” like that if it were a commercial HVAC system. A buddy was saying how that happened at his last job and the boss was so angry when he discovered what the actual problem was.