Water leaking from blue plastic box on furnace


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Old 07-04-12, 09:09 PM
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Water leaking from blue plastic box on furnace

Just noticed water next to my Trane furnace. Wasn't there before the AC guys came out a couple weeks back. The water is coming from the condensate pump. Pretty fast drip too.

Last week it was 100+. The last couple of days the humidity has been averaging around 85%. Line goes up to the ceiling in the basement and then across the house and out. When I went to look at it, there was no water draining.

Also noticed that there was a weird noise when the pump was running, so wondering if the pump is just going bad.

There's a parts place near me so I assume I can find a replacement there. Doesn't look too hard to install from the outside.

Is it possible that the weather has caused this and turning it off overnight will allow it to drain/leak and it will be okay anyway or do I need to replace it? Is it actually a simple thing to install or shoudl I bring in the pros?
 
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Old 07-04-12, 10:01 PM
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its a condensate pump and easy to replace.if old and the motor replace.sometimes i can clean the bottom with hot water unscrew the barbed fitting and pop out the ball in there with a awl or nail.make it come out the skinny end.mud gets stuck there alot.teflon the fitting back and check.it cycles more but can get rid of larger material when pumping.
 
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Old 07-05-12, 09:34 PM
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Sounds like it's time to replace it.

You can feed the drain line into a bucket until you replace it, just be sure to empty the bucket.
 
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Old 07-06-12, 09:52 AM
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Cleaned out the pump and that seems to have done the trick. At least for now. I'll probably replace it anyway.

I could not get the drain tube going from the pump to the outside off of the nozzle. I really don't want to cut it since there's not much spare tubing on it, but I may have to. Is there a way to link/splice the drain tube with a new one if that's what I end up doing?
 
 

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