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Old 07-21-2007, 01:19 PM   #1
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Less than a month ago I bought my first home and today I found something very wrong. Last night I kept hearing a leak and followed the noise to the floor vent in the restroom. This morning my friend and I went into the crawl space to take a look around and found a big puddle next the the air duct. I then checked the AC coils located underneath the furnace and found water mixed with large deposits of rust. It seemed that the drainage pipe had been clogged for a while and that the previous owner had neglected to address the issue. We took a shop vac to the drainage pipe and removed alot of water and debris. I thought that the problem was resolved but it wasn't. The wood underneath has rotted and the furnace unit has sunk tremendously...so much so that the drainage pipe sits a few inches above the where it is supposed to. In addition, the drop also caused a it to tilt so now the water runs in the opposite direction of the drainage pipe. I know the wood needs to replaced but I don't know whether to remove the unit or try lifting the unit with a floor jack or really how to do either? Help please!!! I desperately need ideas and suggestions. I start medical school in two weeks so money is tight and time is running out. Thank you
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Old 07-21-2007, 02:01 PM   #2
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did you have the home inspected prior to buying it?

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Old 07-21-2007, 02:03 PM   #3
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Yes 2, one from the seller and a structural engineer that I hired.

Any ideas on how to fix the problem? I getting more pics up shortly.

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Old 07-21-2007, 02:14 PM   #4
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more photos would help.

Is the furnace/ac located in the crawl space?

Is there a living space below or above the furnace/ac?

What problem do you need to be resolved?
The water leak from the a/c?
The damaged floor below the a/c?...
How old is the furnace/ac?
What was inspected by the sellers?
Is it required to have a full discloure form from the seller in your area?

How thick is the floor material below the furnace where it is tilted?
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So how do I go about fixing the wood? Let it dry out and support the unit from under the house? or Do I support it from the ceiling? Any ideas would be greatly appreciated! I allready cleaned out the drain line with my shoop vac, and cleaned out the A-coils. But that really is not the problem. The whole unit has sunk lower than the drain.
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The actual furnace unit is located inside of the house. Due to the age of the house the unit sits on the floor and the air filters are located on the cieling rather than under the unit. The furnace is approximately 16 years old and the the A-coils are located underneath the furnace. I don't know the laws concerning disclosure in Alabama. However, I find it hard to believe that the seller was unknowledable about the situation.
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The coil is on the bottom and the filters are on the top because it is a counterflow furnace. The pan drain needs to be cleaned out and pan treatment tabs added to the pan to keep it clean.
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Old 07-22-2007, 09:38 AM   #8
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how old is the furnace, a/c ? this seems to be something that has leaked for a long time by the look of the wood. whats the furnace look like

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