Condensation drip pan

Old 08-13-02, 12:56 PM
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Condensation drip pan

Our A/C is leaking heavily below the furnace. As such we contacted our local utility service which offers a no charge repair service for covered items. (the charge is monthly, but on the order of a buck or 2 per month). We are ahead of the game, (thanks to cheap manufacturing processes :-) ).

Anyway, they came out and identified that our "Drip Pan" is "cracked". He also informed us that they do not cover this aspect of the air conditioning. Additionally indicated that the pan is an integrated unit, hence very spendy to fix. Can this piece be "mended" rather than replaced?

Old 08-13-02, 01:30 PM
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Usually not. The cooling coil and drain pan are an intregal assembly and the whole shebang has to be replaced. $$$ Before giving up, look thru the posta of the past 2 to 3 weeks for some lengthy discussions on what to look for. You want to make sure that the drain pan is clean, ther cooling coil is clean, the drain line is trapped and unobstructed. Then you want to put a dye in the drain pan to prove that is indeed leaking because it's cracked or rusted thru. BTW- you may also want to investigate an improper installation. There have been some cases where installers put a coil with a plastic drain pan on top of a gas furnace.
Old 08-13-02, 05:20 PM
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evap drain pans

when you say cracking, i assume it is a plastic pan. when they fail generally they melt, cracking is unusual in my experience. how old is it? most plastic panned evap coils are rated to sit on a gas furnace, not sure about oil furnaces. the failure occurs when the fan motor goes bad, limit sticks, etc, causing excessive bonnet temp. if you indeed do need a new evap pan, and the coil is over 5 yrs old replace the coil and pan. your only other alternative is to get a sheet metal guy in and possibly damage the coil during installation. follow bigjohn's advice and determine that this is in fact your problem, and get several quotes, they may vary by several hundred dollars.

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