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    Should secondary drain pain be changed with new install?

    I'm getting quotes for a new HVAC unit. Some quotes include the secondary pan replacement and some dont. How essential is it to replace the secondary pan under the evap coil if the current pan is in good condition albeit 15 years old. Current pan is plastic.

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    Frankly if it's in good shape I'd leave it alone.
    It's not like they just go bad with age....
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    Quote Originally Posted by nyknicks8 View Post
    I'm getting quotes for a new HVAC unit. Some quotes include the secondary pan replacement and some dont. How essential is it to replace the secondary pan under the evap coil if the current pan is in good condition albeit 15 years old. Current pan is plastic.
    We always install a new "metal" pan, just makes the job look nicer, not saying it's required, it's just our preference.
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    Plastic does get brittle with age.

    Focus on the most important aspects like, who the contractor is and the quality of their work. Then once you decide on the contractor, if the pan is not in the quote just negotiate it. A lot of companies will just throw it in for free if it helps them make the sale.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Bill View Post
    We always install a new "metal" pan, just makes the job look nicer, not saying it's required, it's just our preference.
    We did as well. I always assumed it was standard to do so but I guess not.
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    Thinking it’s cheap insurance to replace, and not tons of money to replace. The position of the new coil ( how it’s hooked up, width and length ) may be to close for comfort for the existing one.

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    Pookie the hell out of it and let it go. I mean, if it takes a bunch more work to do so, then maybe that is why you got the price you did???? If it isn't rusted and does the job then I would leave well enough alone or repair as needed. Customers like to beat guys down on price so they don't always get to the "nice" job they want to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Adlerberts-Protege View Post
    Pookie the hell out of it and let it go. I mean, if it takes a bunch more work to do so, then maybe that is why you got the price you did???? If it isn't rusted and does the job then I would leave well enough alone or repair as needed. Customers like to beat guys down on price so they don't always get to the "nice" job they want to.
    That’s true there are some pans out there in some attics which really are a nightmare to deal with
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    I am paying quite a bit for the job. If I got a good price, I would not have posted this.

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    I'd want a new metal pan if I were in you
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