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Thread: Is a Secondary Condensate Drain Line Necessary ? New upflow coil replacement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by martyinlincoln View Post
    Tell him to do it how you want and give you the bill. There's no reason running the secondary can't be done. I'm amazed they're arguing with you about this.
    Yes, I felt Really frustrated that this issue is such a big deal with this installer - most issues were going fine until this meeting. He eventually (15 minutes later) said if that is the way I want it, then he will do it ("it's just PVC man")- but said in a manner that suggested I was crazy.

    I replied that I am not a professional, he is, please explain to me why this can't, or won't, be done. See post #16 for his answer. Which I did not have a reply to as I further did not understand what he meant or his reasoning. We settle that a Secondary line will be done - but it Can Not have a shut off switch / float / etc. (Of course, at the time my thinking was, that I would bring this issue up here, so I let it go).

    We discussed the Secondary for approx. 15 minutes - it felt like 30. The installers only suggestion was to run the Secondary to empty onto the garage floor (below the deck the system sits on - the system is in a closet in the garage). My aunt has all kinds off boxes on the garage floor - holiday stuff, 50 years of marriage and memory stuff, etc etc in plain view and in the direct path of any water from his suggested placement. Just trying to say - lots of boxes in clear sight and only 3 feet away.

    The Primary exits to the side of the house (after going around a water heater closet). So I suggested to empty the Secondary to the same outside wall (trying to keep costs down). I then told him what I wanted - Secondary with an inline cut off switch.

    He was adamant this is not how they set up their Secondary and I did not want my system to run that way.

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    But he would be ok letting it drain on the garage floor where any one could slip and hurt themselves? Run, don’t walk, away.....you don’t even want to know about the stuff he does that he doesn’t tell the homeowner about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Makeitcold View Post
    But he would be ok letting it drain on the garage floor where any one could slip and hurt themselves? Run, don’t walk, away.....you don’t even want to know about the stuff he does that he doesn’t tell the homeowner about.
    Well, even though I do not want to have another installer come out to my Aunt's, get another estimate, etc - based on this last meeting I think I can't use this installer.

    - Arguing over adding a Secondary drain line - his suggestion of the placement of that line - adamantly saying that a cut off switch can not be added to the Secondary drain line, ETC.

    - Only during the 2nd meeting did he mention the Primary drain line would not pass the Permit. Seems a huge omission when this raises the estimate by hundreds (although to be fair, neither have the other 2 installers mentioned this issue).

    - Saying there is No code requirement for a Line Set underground (again trying to be fair, he did check if the Line Set was sleeved - AFTER I requested he come back out to the house for the 2nd meeting. The other installers did not check).

    - Very strongly trying to persuade me to Not have this installation done with a Permit. When I said from the very first day - my Aunt wants a Permitted job.

    Back to the drawing board as they say. Is there an installer in the 91367 area code ? I tried the contractor map on this site - it doesn't show any installers in this area ?

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