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  1. Hi Knave - that actually makes a lot of sense. ...

    Hi Knave - that actually makes a lot of sense. If the filter gets TOO mineral encrusted, then the water can't pass through it and it would run around it on the sides. Perhaps these people aren't...
  2. wouldn't minerals in the filter cause the water...

    wouldn't minerals in the filter cause the water to disperse around them?
  3. Hey - thanks Knave. Points taken! There's a lot...

    Hey - thanks Knave. Points taken! There's a lot of good things said about the 600 on this forum, but that's the first I heard about mineral tracks - so I may have to change the pad 2x season with...
  4. Hi guys - you may be right, but I do have hard...

    Hi guys - you may be right, but I do have hard water, and my whole motivation is to reduce maintenance & cleaning. Other than changing the pad more often, (could even be 3x/season for me) the 400...
  5. Thanks BT - I did look at it, but it uses a...

    Thanks BT - I did look at it, but it uses a reservoir - which is not a good idea with my hard water. To be honest, if the 400 worked really well, why would anyone buy the 600 (which seems to be a...
  6. I did just realize I have a problem though - my...

    I did just realize I have a problem though - my condensate pump currently outlets into a hole in the ground outside my basement under a crawl space. That's been ok for the current volume, but...
  7. Hey beenthere - long time no talk - thanks for...

    Hey beenthere - long time no talk - thanks for the thought. I'm actually using the electronic thermostat that's part of my Evolution system as the humidistat - works great.
  8. Thanks BaldLoonie - I was worried that the...

    Thanks BaldLoonie - I was worried that the Aprilaire won't do as good a job as the old drum unit...
  9. Replacing a drum humidifier with Aprilaire continuous flow - will I be disappointed?

    Hi - I'm in MA with a 2800sq ft home, a Bryant Evolution furnace and a Skuttle 190 humidifier on the return. The Skuttle does a good job keeping the house at 35% RH even on the coldest night. But...
  10. Yup - got it - solved it a different way (see...

    Yup - got it - solved it a different way (see above)
  11. Thanks toocool for school. Given that the air...

    Thanks toocool for school. Given that the air handler is in the attic, moving the water isn't a problem. But I don't have a garden, and moving it across the lawn would put any hose, etc., in the...
  12. Think I solved it - I used some downspout to...

    Think I solved it - I used some downspout to channel the water down into the existing pit I had dug (previously it just ran there on a downspout ramp, which had collected dirt that stayed damp). ...
  13. unfortunately - not permanently - they love sandy...

    unfortunately - not permanently - they love sandy soil. We also aren't big fans of chemicals...
  14. OK guys - thanks - nix on the vent line then. I...

    OK guys - thanks - nix on the vent line then. I will look into the septic issue. Seems like we push worse stuff down there but I can ask my pumping company.

    But geez, if I can't push it into...
  15. The exterminator pointed out the issue with the...

    The exterminator pointed out the issue with the standing water. It attracts ants. I have a lot of respect for the accumulated knowledge of this forum and that's why I post when I see a thorny...
  16. Thanks for the response. I'm having a little...

    Thanks for the response. I'm having a little trouble understanding your comment about freezing temps. The ventpipe is already there, and the A/C never runs in the winter, so what would be different...
  17. There is a vent pipe only a few feet from the...

    There is a vent pipe only a few feet from the condenser in the attic. I know this connects directly to our septic pipe as in the past plumbers have pushed stuff down that pipe to clear clogs. Can I...
  18. Thanks, but I think that would be one big...

    Thanks, but I think that would be one big hole.(?) :-} Sorry, I'm pushing 60 - I'd have to find someone to dig it, and buy the drum and gravel. Not sure this is more cost effective?
  19. Outdoor condenser drain attracts ants. Where can I divert the water?

    Hi - I'm in New England with a 2008 Bryant 2-speed system. My air-handler is in the attic. The condenser drain runs down the side of the house where it creates a puddle at the bottom, next to the...
  20. to be fair - before we knew i was on warranty -...

    to be fair - before we knew i was on warranty - it might have been a new air-handler rather than a new system they were suggesting - but I thought with something like Evolution (that has the smart...
  21. Hey - thanks everyone - back then I thought I was...

    Hey - thanks everyone - back then I thought I was getting a good brand... Good to hear the replacement might last longer. Thanks!
    /j
  22. Bryant Evolution Evaporator Coil (in airHandler) lifetime = only 7 years?

    Hi - I'm in New England, and in 2007 I put a Bryant Evolution system in my attic. Last summer, the Evaporator Coil in the Air Handler had to be replaced as it had developed leaks. Fortunately I had...
  23. anything else? thanks /j

    anything else?

    thanks
    /j
  24. thanks!

    thanks!
  25. Failed evaporator coil in Bryant Evolution system. Should I be asking any questions?

    Hi - I have a Bryant Evolution System from 2007. Air-handler in the attic. I was losing coolant this spring and on the 2nd visit they diagnosed it as a failed evaporator coil in the air handler. ...
  26. "You would be concerned with the odors from your...

    "You would be concerned with the odors from your drain being pulled into your system."

    Duh! - thanks!

    "And you say there is a deep hole on one side, which makes me wonder if you didn't supply a...
  27. umm - the downspout doesn't go anywhere - just...

    umm - the downspout doesn't go anywhere - just pushes the water 1' from the house 8-}
  28. Hey Ranger - thanks for all the thoughts. What's...

    Hey Ranger - thanks for all the thoughts. What's the difference between tie-ing it to the drain system (there's a PVC vent pipe that goes right nearby the air-handler in the attic, might need only...
  29. Thanks snupycb. The drain line comes down the...

    Thanks snupycb. The drain line comes down the back of my house. I assume you're talking about a buried line? How deep? I wouldn't run a surface line out into the middle of my back yard (people...
  30. I'm looking to understand how I could pipe it...

    I'm looking to understand how I could pipe it away from the house. Ants like to live near water.
  31. Thanks Marc - but just for other readers, the...

    Thanks Marc - but just for other readers, the latter is exactly what I did, and I believe what's happened is that the water is exposed to underground pests (Ants). So if I'm going to do it right I...
  32. Thanks garychance - that's what I thought I was...

    Thanks garychance - that's what I thought I was doing with the hole in the ground filled with gravel. Maybe I should re-do it in some sort of enclosed fashion (like maybe weed block with some small...
  33. So you've had your fun. What I'm really asking...

    So you've had your fun. What I'm really asking is are there any non-obvious options for terminating the drain pipe other than letting it puddle right next to the house? (and of course, if it...
  34. no one?

    no one?
  35. Condensation water draws ants - how to divert away from house?

    Hi - My A/C air-handler is in the attic, and the condensation drains down the side of the house in a pipe, and spills out right next to the house, leaving constant puddles in the summer. The house...
  36. Hi small-change - I appreciate the advice, and...

    Hi small-change - I appreciate the advice, and yes, it could well be due to corrosion or sediment, but what's the value of verifying it? Can't do anything about it. Might as well change the tank...
  37. Thanks - My problem with this one is that the...

    Thanks - My problem with this one is that the thermostat has gone out twice now so I'd prefer something of higher quality.

    Unfortunately the heat is FHA, and the tank is at a low point in my...
  38. Recommend brand/model gas water heater w/hard water?

    Hi all, and happy new year.

    I'm getting tired of my nearly 6-year old 40g. gas Bradford-White. A couple of years ago the water wasn't getting too hot, and replacing the stat (warranty, but cost...
  39. its outdoors, hose might freeze (i'm in new...

    its outdoors, hose might freeze (i'm in new england)
  40. well, it's been draining outside (into the...

    well, it's been draining outside (into the crawlspace) for 4 years with no ill effects, so the gravel ditch should work (my only goal is to keep the water from the critters). The crawl space is...
  41. The washing machine drain is at the other end of...

    The washing machine drain is at the other end of the house - through multiple finished rooms. Otherwise this is what I'd do.

    and I completely apologize to anyone I may have inadvertently offended...
  42. so what do you recommend?

    so what do you recommend?
  43. I could dig the hole and put stones into it -...

    I could dig the hole and put stones into it - that's what I did with my A/C runoff. But it's a low crawlspace and difficult to work in, and I'm never sure that the critters won't make their way down...
  44. Hi - I appreciate your comment. I suppose one...

    Hi - I appreciate your comment. I suppose one approach would to get multiple contractors to come out and give multiple approaches and quotes, and then present them here for comment, but since I'm...
  45. How connect condensate pump into PVC drain pipe?

    Hi - When my furnace was replaced a few years ago, they ran the condensate drain out into a crawl space under a back room (the nearest utility sink is on the other side of the house, through finished...
  46. I'm on contract for a spring checkout, but those...

    I'm on contract for a spring checkout, but those don't start for a month or so
  47. ACTUALLY - I replaced the filter (upgraded the...

    ACTUALLY - I replaced the filter (upgraded the Aprilaire 2200 to the new #213 filter) last August. I have separate heat & A/C systems and so this filter has only about 10 weeks of use. I'm thinking...
  48. Roger on the air filter.. So really no...

    Roger on the air filter..

    So really no reason to run it continually..... ok.

    thanks
    /j
  49. Spring startup of 2007 Bryant Evolution system

    Hi - I live in New England. I have a 2007 Bryant Evolution A/C system. I leave the power to the condenser on all winter (there's an internal heater, i think?)

    The first time i turn it on in the...
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    Thanks BT - never thought about using the hot...

    Thanks BT - never thought about using the hot water for the humidifier - I can suggest that.

    House is quite well built, and addition (2nd floor) is very tight.

    Thanks, I appreciate it.
    /j
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