My a/c drain is clogged, causing water to spill over the drain pan and into the a/c ducts. I poured water through the PVC to the outside and everything is fine with a good drain flow. Narrowed it down to between the drain pan and some kinda gismo I've never seen before? Sorta looks like an impeller or something?
Anyway, it's just a simple pan drain. I hate to tear the 3/4" inch PVC out for replacement or un-clogging without knowing what this weird gizzy is? I surely don't want to hunt something on a Saturday night in the middle of what should supposedly be an easy PVC fix. Please identify this weird animal for me
Can I just by-pass and replace this gizzy by splicing in regular PVC ??
Yup it's a condensate trap. It's designed to prevent cold air from continuously blowing out the drain pipe. There are no moving parts but they can get clogged up with slime and cause the drain water to back-up into the pan. -- ~Help Find a Cure for Cancer~ ~Proud Member of Team Discovery ~
Makes a lot of sense. --Prevents cold air loss --Traps dirt and debris --Keeps the bugs out
Sounds like something I don't need to by-pass. I'll try to remove the clamp and twist it out for cleaning. That thing faked me off with the weird shape and those fixed protrusions sticking up and down. If I can't twist it out, will any old standard trap work or is there a purpose for the funny design?
The female boss made me stop working on it tonight. It was hot here today and she said the a/c had been off long enough, especially if I wanted anything for dinner. That got my attention, so I'll work on it tomorrow.
If I can't twist it out, will any old standard trap work or is there a purpose for the funny design?
Any trap will work. Most of them out there are simple field made p-traps made from a few PVC elbows glued together. Whatever the outcome is with your situation, make sure this trap or any one you make/install is easily removed and re-installed for cleaning. Just dry press a couple connections together or used unions, for example. I am amazed at how many are permanently glued in place. Makes servicing them a real PITA. They should be cleaned yearly with the AC checkup.