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Old 07-22-2018, 08:43 PM   #1
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I got a brand new 4 ton a little over a month ago. My drain for it on the outside catches 5 gallons a day of condensation. Is that normal? Ive been using the water for plants and trees. Is the water the same and rain water? It runs on 410 if that matters.

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Old 07-22-2018, 08:46 PM   #2
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depends on if that is the primary or secondary drain. I'd say its probably the secondary drain (at least thats how we do it) and your primary drain for your AC is clogged up forcing the water to run out the drain hanging out your house. It's not bad but it can cause problems in the future. Also as far as I know, it wont hurt trees or plants.
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Old 07-22-2018, 08:54 PM   #3
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I would say 5 gallons could be normal. But as said above if it is the secondary drain, the primary is clogged.
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Old 07-22-2018, 08:56 PM   #4
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Where would the primary drain go to?
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Old 07-22-2018, 09:04 PM   #5
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Mine ties into bathroom sink. Check under your sinks to see if you see a line tying in above p-trap
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Old 07-22-2018, 09:05 PM   #6
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The primary drain would be tied into some other drain. Just depends on the contractor. it'll be tied into a stack somewhere. Sometimes its a drain for a bathtub, or a drain for washer machines. just depends
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Should be able to see water building inside secondary pan
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Depends on how your a/c was installed. You may only have one drain. Secondary will usually come off a drain pan that is mounted under the unit.
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Found mine was clogged last night when water started dripping through my kitchen ceiling. I was not a happy camper.
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I know that a float was installed on the pan to shut it off if clogged to prevent flooding the attic.
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Old 07-22-2018, 09:11 PM   #11
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Yeah ceiling damage isn’t a good thing at all...float switches exist for a reason and I wish more people used them
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Op, are you concerned that it is too much water or not enough?

Ac units draw out a lot of water. Depending on your house and where you are, 5-15 gallons per day is not abnormal.
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Op, are you concerned that it is too much water or not enough?

Ac units draw out a lot of water. Depending on your house and where you are, 5-15 gallons per day is not abnormal.
I thought it was too much, my old didn't drain that much. I don't think, they may have switched the way it drains.
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Approved drains to tap into are: sinks, before the trap, bathtub, before the trap, washing machine, before the trap (seeing a pattern here). Cannot tie it in sewer lines straight. Must be before a trap that will stay primed. if not, sewer gasses can be drawn into your house. We used to use a chimney pipe buried and full of gravel, a french drain. Don't think they are legal anymore. Still see quite a few just ran outside into flower beds though.
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Use it for your plants, it is the best they can get. Much better than tap water.
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Old 07-23-2018, 01:55 PM   #16
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I thought it was too much, my old didn't drain that much. I don't think, they may have switched the way it drains.
It should hook into one of your sinks, usually a bathroom sink. Look for a short rubber hose. Take the hose loose, with a bucket handy and look in the hose and clean out the junk in there. Some A/C repair people use an air compressor upstairs by the coil to blow the crap down and out of the line. Pour some bleach down it from in the attic, should be a white cap you pull off the top of a short pipe sticking up into the air.

Also know that over time if it pushes that nasty stuff down the sink enough to then clog the sink(or your daughter clogs it by shoving all her hair down the sink, not LOL) you in trouble because what will happen is the water from the A/C keeps coming into the sink but its clogged so water starts filling the sink until it starts overflowing onto your floor. This is especially fun when it occurs in an upstairs bathroom. Don't ask me how I know either
oh, and just because it has a secondary overflow from that pan also, the sink is at a lower level so it won't fill up that pan when it can just overflow your sink .......

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