Condensate pump...do I need one?

cindywhitallJune 29, 2012

Proposal for new hvac includes condensate pump. 3 out of 4 include it. #4 said that you run the risk of it breaking. I've also seen where some people say it adds noise.

Our current 90% heater, age16, has a pipe that runs down the side and along the floor, about 2 feet to the edge of my floor where it drains into the French drain around my basement. This has been fine except that when we first moved in we didn't know it was there and stepped on it and had to repair it. We added a board on either side so we wouldn't do that again! Also, the basement has a small crawl right next to where the heater drains. Years ago we noticed termites in the crawl space. Termite guy said they like it wet, and the ground under it was likely damper due to condensate...

Should I bother with condensate pump? Probably save a few bucks without it. Also getting a tankless water heater, will it also have condensate? I don't know if I need more parts that can fail!

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tigerdunes

It is an inconsequential cost. They work and are quiet. You put the condensate where you want it. Mine drains through an exterior wall onto a concrete splash that slopes away from the house. I have never had to do anythingnto my pump. It is about 7 yrs old. Looked at it yesterday since temps here are around 100+ degrees over the weekend. And yes the concrete splash was wet.

IMO

    Bookmark   June 29, 2012 at 9:45AM
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brickeyee

The condensate from gas heaters is rather corrosive, more than from air conditioning systems.

    Bookmark   June 29, 2012 at 9:51AM
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neohioheatpump

I would much prefer the condensate pump over a pipe running across the floor. I suppose if the drain or wall is very close to the furnace it is not as bad.

Condensate pumps only make a little noise when they are actually pumping. They are plenty reliable.

When I see the pvc pipe running along the floor of houses it could be stepped on accidentally. I also think it doesn't look nice.

    Bookmark   June 29, 2012 at 12:32PM
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busboy

Gravity drains are fine as long as the water is draining AWAY from the house via drain lines sewer lines whatever. (I know..code) I would personaly never drain into a french drain or any foundation or slab drainage. Yeh, termites. Lift pump is cheap, reliable and you can put the water wherever you want. I clean mine once a year (5 minutes)for reliablity. It could lower your humidity in the basement.

    Bookmark   June 29, 2012 at 2:23PM
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veesubotee

I don't think of this as hijacking the thread, since the subject concerned 'reliability' of condensate pumps, and would be of general interest.

"I clean mine once a year (5 minutes)for reliablity."

Could you elaborate on your cleaning procedure?

Thanks.

V

    Bookmark   June 29, 2012 at 2:57PM
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