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    P-trap location (you guys were right installer messed up)

    So all the shit i got for hiring a guy off Craigslist was fair. Its Summer now (in northern cali) So i started using cool mode. The other day my wifey noticed a bunch of water leaking out of the return vent(a few cups of water). After some research, I'm pretty sure it's the lack of a P trap (drain is on negative side). The drain pipe sucks in water when the system is running. I don't think(?) there is enough room to install a trap directly at the drain and keep a downward slope(see picture).

    Question:
    Can the trap be installed on the other side of the AHU just past the secondary drain pan wall?

    If not what are my options?

    Will I have to have someone come out and extend the height of the return, raise the AHU, and then install the trap?

    I'm just happy this didn't happen in the middle of the night or my ceiling would have been done for.

    I can admit when I'm wrong, Y'all where right. Please help!
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    A trap should be able to be installed in the run that's shown
    You don't squat with your spurs on.
    And you NEVER put the torches away before pressure testing.

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    A real tech will have no problem fitting a trap in that location.

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    Keep the trap inside the auxiliary drain pan, in case something freaky happens to it over time such as develop a hair line crack from heat or whatever. At least the condensate from that crack will drip into the pan instead of onto the attic floor and who knows what’s underneath

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    Also its best to have any wet insulation, sheetrock and wood dry within 48 hours to prevent biological growth.

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    I see a street 90° in you future. Easy job.

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    Perhaps it’s time to just hire a professional contractor to inspect the whole thing instead of looking for answers online.
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    Who screwed up
    The purchaser of the equipment
    The installing contractor
    The duct contractor
    The electrician
    ? ? ?

    https://hvac-talk.com/vbb/threads/22...m-just-blew-up

    https://hvac-talk.com/vbb/threads/22...-would-you-use

    https://hvac-talk.com/vbb/threads/2227001-plenum-size

    You've been at this with multiple issues for what 3, 4 months? My god 1/2 of the warranty is almost over if there is any warranty after the blame game gets played!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kdean1 View Post
    Perhaps it’s time to just hire a professional contractor to inspect the whole thing instead of looking for answers online.
    But he saved so much with side job Bob!

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    Not to mention, plastic pan, wood for stands, no Armaflex on the drain line, and no trap. AH have negative pressures in the drain pan area, so they usually only drain when the system turns off.
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    Always a Goodman.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adlerberts-Protege View Post
    Always a Goodman.
    Why is that 🤔

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    Quote Originally Posted by VTP99 View Post
    Why is that ��
    Cheep

    Cheaper

    Cheapest!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kdean1 View Post
    Perhaps it’s time to just hire a professional contractor to inspect the whole thing instead of looking for answers online.
    I tried to call a few but they don't want to work on someone else's stuff (I guess I could stop telling them about the bad install) the original guy has been back to the house 3 times already

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    Quote Originally Posted by pecmsg View Post
    Cheep

    Cheaper

    Cheapest!
    Hey man that's the AVPTC with a GSZC

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    Quote Originally Posted by pecmsg View Post
    But he saved so much with side job Bob!
    It wasn't a side job. It was a licensed Goodman dealer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pecmsg View Post
    Who screwed up
    The purchaser of the equipment
    The installing contractor
    The duct contractor
    The electrician
    ? ? ?

    https://hvac-talk.com/vbb/threads/22...m-just-blew-up

    https://hvac-talk.com/vbb/threads/22...-would-you-use

    https://hvac-talk.com/vbb/threads/2227001-plenum-size

    You've been at this with multiple issues for what 3, 4 months? My god 1/2 of the warranty is almost over if there is any warranty after the blame game gets played!
    I screwed up cuz I was trying to save $. In all fairness he was a state licensed Goodman dealer.
    Last edited by beenthere; 05-18-2021 at 04:39 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BadHomeOwner View Post
    It wasn't a side job. It was a licensed Goodman dealer.
    Licensed doesnt mean squat.................Qualified is what you should have looked for!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BadHomeOwner View Post
    Me for trying to save $?
    And now you see why you get the responses you get.

    You've wasted $ and have probably shortened the life of the unit.
    Last edited by beenthere; 05-18-2021 at 04:40 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pecmsg View Post
    And now you see why you get the responses you get.

    You've wasted $ and have probably shortened the life of the unit.
    I don't mind putting up with the rude people on here. There is always one or two people who actually respond with helpful information. Even the responses from the rude people can be helpful. I said I was trying to save $$, not that I spent $. Price talk is not illegal on this forum.
    Last edited by beenthere; 05-18-2021 at 04:38 AM.

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