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Old 01-21-2010, 11:06 PM   #1
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Hey all.. i'm totally new to all this home maintenance thing. Please help me out if you'd be so kind.
I noticed water around my furnace so I opened it up to see where it's coming from. I saw that water is dripping from a copper pipe that leads out of the unit to the floor. What could this be?
The water is leaking right where the copper meets the plastic.
All feedback is welcome! Thanks!
My unit is a Comfortmaker... here are some pics.


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Old 01-22-2010, 09:41 AM   #2
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It is a 90% furnace. Loosen the nut on the fitting and make sure the copper is all the way in and then re-tighten you should be all set.

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Copper should never be used for that drain. The condensate is acidic and will/has eaten and thinned it out. Replace it with pvc/pex plastic pipe or hose.
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Looks like half ass to me. It need to be cpvc black drain tube.
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Copper should never be used for that drain. The condensate is acidic and will/has eaten and thinned it out. Replace it with pvc/pex plastic pipe or hose.
Thanks for all your feedback.

I had someone come fix the problem for me.
The condensate had eaten right thru the copper at the connection point and also on the section that runs into the ground. I was pretty amazing to see how thin the copper had gotten and the split that ran right down the middle.
Now it's been replaced and no more leak.
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That filter looks like an electrostatic filter. Have seen some bad results from using them as they are very restrictive causing the a furnace to overheat. could also cause premature heat exchanger failure. I recommend a simple pleated filter.
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That filter looks like an electrostatic filter. Have seen some bad results from using them as they are very restrictive causing the a furnace to overheat. could also cause premature heat exchanger failure. I recommend a simple pleated filter.
I read that after I purchased this filter. Think it's a good idea to change it?
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Yes and only why to clean that filter is by high pressure water.
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Yes and only why to clean that filter is by high pressure water.
Any suggestions on the brand i should look at? I don't want any further problems so i'd rather fix this now.
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Old 01-23-2010, 12:41 PM   #10
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Any Merv 7 or 8 pleated disposable filter from HDepot. Merv 10 maximum. The 3** Brand are not rated in Merv (industry standard) and are too restrictive IMO.


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