On the side of a central A/C coil, the unit that sits above the
furnace, there are 2 outlets. One has a tube installed to drain water.
The one beside it looks to be open. Beside it, there is a red cap.
Does anyone know if the red cap is supposed to be inserted into the
2nd outlet? What is this outlet for?
Is the open outlet slightly higher than the one hooked up, or have a
little "dam" in the lower portion of it? It sounds like it is a
secondary drain outlet which will drain if the primary stops up. If so,
it should be plugged if not used. Is air leaking out of it when the unit
is running? Larry
If you plug up the upper plug, then what happens if the lower one plugs?
You get water inside your unit and can rust it out before you know. The
small amount of air coming out is not going to make much if any difference.
It is a secondary drain outlet for the condensate water. In California they
are required to have it hook up where other states just want to have the
primary drain opening connected.
You can have it hooked up but I would recommend for you to have a over flow
safety device put on the existing drain line so it would shut down the A/C
if the drain line plugs up.
It's an over-flow drain. Usually these are piped to the soffit of the house
where they are allowed to drip out excess condensate.
Often the primary drain, which usually feeds to a waste vent stack, becomes
clogged with algae. Then the condensate drips from this overflow hole and
ruins your sheetrock. Sometime the flooring below.
I recommend buying a few lengths of PVC and hooking up this emergency
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