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Why Install a Condensate Pump for HVAC Equipment?

Air conditioners and condensing boilers and furnaces create excess water during operation; this excess water is known as condensate. Condensate needs to be removed from any of these systems, and is typically done so by the condensate array in each unit. Standard condensate arrays work with the laws of gravity and allow the condensate to flow down into your home’s exit plumbing to either your sewer or septic system. But close proximity to the exit plumbing isn’t always a given, and in these cases, it is necessary to use a condensate pump for your MetroWest property to ensure proper drainage of the condensate.

How Does a Condensate Pump Work?

A condensate pump is a small plastic box, about the size of half a shoe box. Its main components are a float switch, a small reservoir and the small electric pump mechanism. As condensate drips into the box, the reservoir fills. The float switch has a pre-set that determines how high the float can go before it activates the pump. Once the amount of condensate reaches this pre-set limit, the float switch activates the condensate pump and pumps the water up to the exit plumbing.

Why Install a Condensate Pump?

The condensate from any whole-home system has to be properly disposed of; allowing the condensate to simply drip into your foundation or into a bucket is not acceptable. As such, you will need to install a condensate pump. A couple of side benefits you can gain from a condensate pump are a cleaner, more aesthetic look around your condensate array area and less risk of bacterial growth since the pump ensures that the condensate water will be removed.

Can I Install It Myself?

The condensate array is an important part of your HVAC system, so unless you are an expert, it is highly recommended that you hire a professional to perform the installation.

Condensate problems can result in mold and mildew infestation, problems with your system and potential water damage to your property.

If your heating or cooling system in the MetroWest area, is in need of a condensate pump, call Basnett Plumbing & Heating today.

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