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BlueStar 11-21-2008 07:03 PM

Water leaking from Heil gas condensing furnace
 
I've been reading other posts on similar problems with water leaking from high efficiency gas furnaces. People have suggested that the condensate trap is plugged.

How do you clean the condensate trap? Do you need to remove the condensate trap first to clean it? Are they replaceable? How do they get plugged in the first place? Is this a DIY project?

Thanks,
BlueStar

kennzz05 11-21-2008 08:02 PM

try sucking it out where it terminates with a shop vac and slime is what clogs it (stagnant water)

HvacWiz 11-21-2008 08:21 PM

Remove the trap and flush it out with water in the sink.

BlueStar 11-22-2008 07:26 AM

Thanks for your help and advice. A lot of the nastiest looking slime came out of the trap. I also discovered that one of the rubber hoses connecting to the trap was split and brittle. Is there anything special about the hose material? Can I replace 3/4 inch by 4 inch hose with something like a piece of garden hose?

HvacWiz 11-22-2008 06:42 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BlueStar (Post 188535)
Thanks for your help and advice. A lot of the nastiest looking slime came out of the trap. I also discovered that one of the rubber hoses connecting to the trap was split and brittle. Is there anything special about the hose material? Can I replace 3/4 inch by 4 inch hose with something like a piece of garden hose?

I would use something more flexable than a garden hose, go to your hardware store and get some vinal tubing for the size you need.

BlueStar 11-23-2008 05:47 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by HvacWiz (Post 188718)
I would use something more flexable than a garden hose, go to your hardware store and get some vinal tubing for the size you need.

I didn't find anything at the local hardware store because the hose I need has a sharp molded 90 degree bend in the hose. Without the molded 90 bend in the hose, the hose collapses at the bend. I went to local auto parts store and they were able to match up a radiator hose with the perfect molded 90 degree bend. I only needed to shorted the hose a couple of inches on one end and it fit perfectly. My water problem is now solved.

Thanks for your help. :thumbsup:


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