Water leaking from furnace?

Old 10-22-02, 08:41 AM
Visiting Guest
Posts: n/a
Water leaking from furnace?

My husband noticed water around our furnace yesterday afternoon. The furnace is a gas furnace that was installed in 1997, which was before we bought the home. We checked the hot water heater and the furnace and it appears that the water is coming from one of two hoses that is located under the furnace panel. One hose drains into the same drain as our washer. The hoses look somewhat dry rotted. I never even knew that there was water in the furnace. Is it possible that water is leaking from these hoses onto the floor, and can we replace the hoses oursleves to correct the problem?
Old 10-22-02, 10:00 AM
Sharp Advice's Avatar
Admin Emeritus
Join Date: Feb 1998
Location: The Shake and Bake State USA
Posts: 10,398
Received 5 Votes on 4 Posts
Hello mlb75 and Welcome to the Heating and Cooling forum and our Do-It-Yourself Web Site.

The water could be condensation from recent A/C useage. The condensation drain pan has a hose connected to the pan. The collected water drains out through the hose to the drain.

If the hose is rotted or old, the draining water maybe coming out of an area of the hose before it drains into the drain. Hose replacement can be a do-it-yourself task.

It would be a good idea to also check that water heater. Old water heaters often begin to drip slightly from the flush spiget, pressure & temperature valve or internally from deterioration etc.

Since the washer might be in this area, if I read your question correctly, check under the washer and behind it for water. The machine may have a leak. Possible the one of the washer water inlet hoses is leaking.

Several other resident heating professionals on this type of heating system, replying within this forum, could have additional helpful information, suggestions, advice.

Check back on your question several times for additional replies.

If you need further assistance, use the REPLY button to add any additional information or questions, etc. Using this method also moves the topic back up to the top of the list automatically.

Regards & Good Luck, Forum Host & Moderator.
TCB4U2B2B Company Enterprises. Energy Conservation Consultants & Gas Appliance Diagnostics Technicians.
Old 10-23-02, 05:49 PM
hvac4u's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: NW atlanta
Posts: 3,145
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
could be

a high efficiency furnace if the water is evident during heating season. does it have a pvc flue pipe as opposed to a metal one? if so, it is a "condensing" furnace. the flue is actually a drain as well, as the flue gas is cooled to the point that condensation is formed inside the pipe. it should have a "trap" inside the furnace that all drains (may be more than one) tie into. be sure this is clear. check all hoses, dry rot is common. let us know what you find

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Ask a Question
Question Title:
Your question will be posted in: