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Old 11-22-2011, 05:59 PM   #16
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I have been picked on and cajoled by many because of my secondary pipe location. I dropped it out of the attic to the shower and put a estuchtion(spelled wrong) on it.

It's the best place to observe if your A/C is ready to overflow.

Over 40 years in HVAC Business and called a hack. Oh well.

PS: the location is great as long as people in the household shower regularly.
That's pretty funny, I don't have a shower that is very close, and I don't know that the boss would approve of that enhancement. The funny thing is that I actually thought of that exact idea because where the pipes come into the basement ( see original pics) is going to be a bathroom when this project is done. Again, I don't think that would pass the approval of the fashion police...

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Old 11-22-2011, 06:04 PM   #17
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secondary is only for an emergency situation when the primary is clogged. it should normally never have water running out of it. that is why you run it straight outside over a window or door, so if you see water you know the primary is clogged and you have a problem. secondary is connected to a pan below the a/c. i'm assuming since it is in the attic it is horizontally mounted. primary is tied directly into the unit at the evaporator coil.
OK. I'm going to do some looking to see what options I have. I think the AC is actually upright, it's tall enough where it is located that you can stand up, but I'll have to double check.

Thanks for the great info NitroNate. I really appreciate it.
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Looks like I have the outside option available to me. Still not convinced which way I'm going to go, but I have more options.

Thanks everyone for the input.
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right, so primary is top drain and secondary (emergency) is bottom drain connected to pan.
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Old 11-23-2011, 06:47 AM   #20
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I try to run all my primary drains outside with the line sets when installing them, then the secondary to a different location and it's wise to install a float switch in the pan to shut the unit down if it detects water in the drain pan. So you have three methods to get rid of condensate water. #1 Primary- run outside with line sets, #2 secondary safety line - run to place you will see it before unit overflows , #3 float shutdown - shuts unit off when water is detected in pan.

PS: Certain parts of the States requirer a pan shutdown before the unit is put in service.

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