Cracked Secondary Drip Pan - Repair or Replace?


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Old 02-26-14, 06:21 PM
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Cracked Secondary Drip Pan - Repair or Replace?

I had to have the heat pump in the house I just moved into serviced today. The problem was straightforward and the fan was replaced, but the technician tried to sell me a water sensing cutoff switch for the drip pan. He wanted $165, which seemed high to me, so I said no. But after he left I took a look at the drip pan and saw that it was cracked. I can tell why it cracked - it's a plastic pan and it is supporting some of the air handler's weight. Do I try epoxying it? is there a better way to patch it? If I wanted to replace the pan, how should I go about lifting the unit, and how should I support it so that it's not resting on the pan?
 
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Old 02-26-14, 09:18 PM
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I'd hang the air handler with 1 inch metal strap and replace that plastic pan with a metal pan. A waterguard float switch would also be a good idea.

A 2x4 and a fulcrum will allow you to lift the air handler a little with your foot before hanging it to allow the pan to be replaced.
 
 

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