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Old 01-17-2012, 05:27 AM   #1
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high all, new homeowner here. Noticed over the weekend that my furnace was leaking water all over the place. Trying to find out what the problem is. there is a humidifier attached. There is a black tube running from the humidifier connected to pvc pipe going to the furnace. Right where the black tube and pvc pipe meet is where the water was spurting out. Anyone know what could cause this. Thanks.

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Welcome to the site and home ownership. Yes drains get plugged from gunk that grows in the stale water. Usually 3/4" pipe is easy enough to blow the obstruction out.

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Welcome to the site and home ownership. Yes drains get plugged from gunk that grows in the stale water. Usually 3/4" pipe is easy enough to blow the obstruction out.
This is all new to me. Just a little more clarification on the 3/4" pipe would be greatly appreciated. Is this something really simple? Thanks.
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post some pics of it. remove the black pipe and carefully pour some bleach/javex/clorox and water in there and flush it.
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post some pics of it. remove the black pipe and carefully pour some bleach/javex/clorox and water in there and flush it.
I tried posting a pic, but the file was to large. I will try again.
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the white PVC pipe is plugged. You may have to blow it out if you can't do it by hand.

An air compressor .. or the exhaust of a shop vac would work.
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or if you have strong lungs..
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Thanks everyone for the replies!!! I see this is going to be a fun process.
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or if you have strong lungs..
Ugghh.... I got a mouth full of stagnate water once doing that..but if you have nothing else to work with , yeah you can blow it out by lung power.

I always wrap a clean rag or paper towel around the tube before trying.
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Ugghh.... I got a mouth full of stagnate water once doing that..but if you have nothing else to work with , yeah you can blow it out by lung power.

I always wrap a clean rag or paper towel around the tube before trying.
How is the black tube attached to the pvc pipe? Can I just pull it out. I actually have access to an compressor. Not sure if it works, but blowing would be a last resort.
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pure bleach will eat the heck out of any gunk. make sure you don't breathe in the fumes or get it on your hands. or you can hire a pro for a $99 service chg and $70 - $150 for a drain line clearing procedure. looks like it just sits inside that elbow. U should pull the cover off that hum and check inside as it may need a new evap cell and clean the trough it sits inside.
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pure bleach will eat the heck out of any gunk. make sure you don't breathe in the fumes or get it on your hands. or you can hire a pro for a $99 service chg and $70 - $150 for a drain line clearing procedure. looks like it just sits inside that elbow.
Thanks for pinch hitting for me Yuri
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at least when I go to unplug an ac evap coil I spend more than 5 mins for some jiggy jiggy on the fitting with a bottle brush and chg the guy $200 to do it (like some guys do). I check the freon for "free" so they feel better and who knows you may get a sale if it is a leaker.
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I agree. If you unplug the ac drain you are just asking for it if you don't put the gauges on the unit. More time than not the unit needs some good maintenance and that is always beneficial to the HO and the bottom line.

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