The indoor A/C system we have is installed in the hallway of our home. The
dripping water and soaking the carpet. A few years ago we funneled bleach water
drained it out. It cleared out the sludge and seemed to drain well over the next
We tried doing the same thing again but the water mix just runs over the inside
back out through the funneled tube when let down.
Question 1: It looks like the pan is somehow attached to the cooling coil frame.
anyone know if this can be easily replaced or repaired?
Question 2: If it needs to be replaced, can someone give me some idea as to the
cost of just replacing the cooling coil and pan as opposed to replacing the
entire A/C unit? I
mean the indoor portion...the outdoor blower is new.
That was the first thing I did. Funneled a little warm bleach water and poked
with a guitar
string into the pan. The solution just spilled over before I could bring the
down. Warm water solution flowed fine down the copper pipe which goes to a sink
Pan is probaby just shot.
I don't understand. The pan is designed to hold water and send it to a
drain. If it is holding water, that part of the pan is doing its job. The
drain, evidently, is not. These things plug easily from the dust and stuff
that accumulates in it. Empty the pan with a cup, scoop, or turkey baster.
Find the drain. Properly clear the drain. It will take more than hot water
and a guitar string. It may take a small plumber snake to reach the end and
open it up completely.
If the pan is not leaking, it is doing what it was designed to do. The
drain, not the pan, is the problem. Fix it properly, maintain it during the
year, it will work as it should.
On the front of the pan is a metal pipe about 3" long. Attached is rubber tubing
9" which is attached to copper tubing that goes for several feet to drain into a
sink pipe. From that top part of the drain assemply to the sink everything flows
Where it appears blocked is going into the pan from that front pipe. This is
where I poked
a guitar string last time and it loosened the crud and drained a bunch out. I
because it looks like someone built the pan (welded) it into the old 1972 unit
and I didn't
see any other way to get to it. The pan is now overflowing and dripping onto the
of everything below including the blower. We have square buckets gathering the
until someone can come out and take a look at it but it'll have to be after
trying not to run it too much but it can get hell degrees quickly in TX. Thanks
the info and reply!
Evidently there is some serious buildup at the tube inlet. Loosening it
with a thin wire will push it out of the way a little, but it may float
right back. Do you have a wet/dry vac? If so, try to suck out the crud
since it is only a new inches. Alternatively, put a thinner tube inside and
it may drain into the bucket. Plastic tubing would work for that. You may
be able to push it past the clog.
If you can get that wet vac into the pan, it may clear it all out.
If you have a plugged line, I recommend using an air
compressor to blow out the line, followed with a Clorox
flush. I did this every year with the two we had in NC, and
it worked great. You can access either end of the line-
whichever is easier.
If you're talking about the overflow catcher....
My pan went shot a couple of years ago. Evidently these things are made ad
hoc by the A/C installers.
Got a washing machine base from HD. This is a big (~3'x3') heavy, plastic
pan designed to fit beneath a washing machine. It has pop-out holes so
overflow from the washer can be piped to a drain.
Anway, I replaced the tin pan for the A/C with this thing, using strapping
material to get it to hang properly, hooked up some pipes, and never looked
You better look back. The pan may last 100 years. The problem is usually
caused by the drain plugging. There is no force to wash down the crud that
sometimes gets in them and the pan fills and overflows. Be sure it is clean
and water flows freely.
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