Plastic Drain Pan for A-Coil


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Old 08-13-12, 10:04 AM
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Plastic Drain Pan for A-Coil

My daughter and her husband just bought their first house (foreclosure). The A/C unit is only a year old but no one has been living in the house for a year. The home inspector went thru everything, even tested the central A/C and all was good. The first night they find water on the floor next to the HVAC fan unit. There is a little water coming out the outside drain. I start to take the unit apart and there is no way to remove the metal framed filter. The drain/trap is hard plumbed 6 inches from the unit. I take out the rivets to remove the lower trunk and get to the filter. It's solid dirt, never been changed. I get to the A-coil drain pan and it's plastic. The drain connection on the pan (2 - 3/4 or 1 inch outlets, only one is used) is completely broken out of the pan. The plumbing was holding it in place. I tried to silicone it, but it's hopeless. I made a temporary tupperware drain.

My question is, can the pan be replaced without disconnecting the A-coil? Can you buy a replacement pan? I don't have the model number with me. If the A-coil has to come out, what kind of cost are they looking at in Eastern North Carolina?

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Dave
 
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Old 08-15-12, 08:50 AM
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They got a quote yesterday from local HVAC guy of $120 to remove the A coil, replace the pan and move the drain line so the filter can be installed. I think that is more than fair. The guy said someone must have really cranked on that fitting to break the pan. He's never seen one broken like that.
 
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Old 08-15-12, 10:39 AM
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They got a quote yesterday from local HVAC guy of $120 to remove the A coil, replace the pan and move the drain line so the filter can be installed. I think that is more than fair.
I agree - sounds like a very reasonable charge for both parts and labor. Around here, one of those regular seasonal "maintenance" calls can cost that much.

I take out the rivets to remove the lower trunk and get to the filter. It's solid dirt, never been changed.
I hope they're getting a way to change out the filter too!
 
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Old 08-16-12, 05:42 AM
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Usually to remove the coil you have to pump down or recover the refrigerant, cut and then weld the copper lines among other things. Add in the cost of the pan and unless I'm missing something $120 is a fraction of the price I would think a job like that would go for.
 
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Usually to remove the coil you have to pump down or recover the refrigerant, cut and then weld the copper lines among other things. Add in the cost of the pan and unless I'm missing something $120 is a fraction of the price I would think a job like that would go for.
I agree. Two trips to the home, plus a trip to the supply house, plus the pan, plus all that labor. I think he will be out of business soon.
 
 

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