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    Condensate pump reliability - suggestions

    Hello,

    I had a furnace replaced but the inspector didn't like the trip hazard that the existing drain line poses so he suggested a condensate pump. I like passive whenever possible, so I am leaning to cutting a slot in the floor to run the condensate live to the floor drain in another room in the basement.

    But, for argument's sake, does anyone have an opinion as to which condensate pumps are the best value (high reliability/good price)? I have looked through the forum and notice that most pros like passive (gravity) because it fails infrequently and consider active as a last resort. My high efficiency furnace is already sophisticated enough so I don't like the thought of another active element that could cause problems.

    Thanks in advance.

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    put in the cheapest pump you can to satisfy the inspector than change it back after.

    as far as the pump goes they are usually very reliable but like anything else they can fail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by t527ed View Post
    put in the cheapest pump you can to satisfy the inspector than change it back after.

    as far as the pump goes they are usually very reliable but like anything else they can fail.
    I can't remember the last time I've had to replace a pump. Had to clean a bunch of them , not replace them. Like t said, install one now, remove after inspection.

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    http://www.lgpc.com/HVAC/BySubcatego...uctSeriesID=78

    Little giant VMCA-15ULS

    1/2 gal reservoir.
    Pumps 65 gal/hr
    high level shutoff switch
    can pump 15' head
    check valve.
    115vac

    I use these all the time.

    There is also the VMCA-20 which can pump 20' of head.
    The S designates it as having the safety shutoff.
    Sorry about the pricing. I forgot
    Last edited by thump_rrr; 09-17-2008 at 07:22 PM.

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    Sounds like a DIY install.
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    How many times must one fix something before it is fixed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by beenthere View Post
    Sounds like a DIY install.
    I believe you're correct.AGAIN.

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    You are right. He was asking what the part numbers were on his blower and inducer motors in his furnace so he would have spares. Total DIY-er. Someone show him the story about the guy who cut his own arm off trying to clean his boiler.
    Not as lean, not as mean, but I'm still a hardcore, ass-kicking, hard charging Marine! Oohrah!

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    Furnace should have annual maintenance, the tech can clean the pump at the same time. should last a long long time.
    Maybe you will do your own maintenance?? Then just use the floor drain.

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    Floor draining is not to code in my area....so we put in new c pumps at each install..
    I 2nd the opinion on the L G one...They work great as long as you clean them every so often

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