A.C. unit is about 3 years old...this morning I noticed a sound coming
from the basement. Turn out it's this box about 12" x 6" that's
behind the air conditioner...it has a tube coming out of it and a PVC
pipe going into it. I'm assuming it's for condensation and it
supposed to pump it out. It seems to be continuously running and
there's some water leaking out of it. I shut off the a.c. (had to
come to work) and unplugged the unit. Is this something I can go buy
at Lowes and do myself or do I need a professional to fix this?
Another possiblity is that the drain line is clogged which causes the
pump to run continuosly and water to leak out of it. See if you can
disconnect the discharge pipe out of the pump and check for clogs.
Sort of like saying there is a brake noise coming from my rear brakes
and the car doesn't stop right. Can I fix it myself?
Both depend on your skill level, what tools you have, etc. If you have
the skills, you can find what's wrong with the condensate pump and
replace it yourself, if needed. Could be as simple as a clogged drain
On 15 Aug 2006 05:17:52 -0700, email@example.com wrote:
Not exactly...lots of little parts that can go wrong on a brake
system...this is a single self contained unit...plus I do the brakes
wrong and I die...do the ac wrong and I just get hot.
After reading other posts and your clogged drain line suggestion I now
know it can wait until I get home and give it a shot instead of
calling for a repairman and leaving work early. Thanks to everyone
for the advice and I'll give it a try when I get home.
On Tue, 15 Aug 2006 18:42:15 GMT, "Stormin Mormon"
Nah...I meant that I'd turn the air off if it's still leaking after I
try to fix it.
Thanks everyone for the advice...checked everything and wound up
taking the pump apart. The drain valve was cracked so I just went to
home depot and for $40 bought another one. All fixed...thanks again.
Try cleaning it out first, the cover should come off revealing a
disgusting mess. The tube may also be clogged, try blowing through it.
Easy to replace, the PVC pipe is probably not glued in at least one
spot to facilitate removal of the pump.
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