1:5:10:365 EcoTip Blog

August 4, 2008

:217 A/C Condensate Pan

Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet environment.

1:5:10:217 EcoTip: Air conditioning systems not only cool but help dehumidify air by draining condensed water from their cooling coils. This water is supposed to drain into a condensate pan that is plumbed to dispose it. The pan should be mounted so that it can drain completely to help prevent a build up of organic material and bacteria contamination.

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 Additional Information:

The condensation pan for air conditioners is frequently mounted inside the system where it cannot be easily inspected to be sure it is clean and in good condition. In this case ask your service technician if there is a way they can provide you access to check on the unit between service calls.

The following information from EPA provides some guidance for selecting a new system:

  • Specify the following features for all air handling units:
    • Double-sloped drain pan – A double-sloped pan prevents water from standing and stagnating in the pan.
    • Non-corroding drain pan – Made from stainless steel or plastic. Prevents corrosion that would cause water to leak inside the AHU.
    • Easy access doors – All access doors are hinged and use quick release latches that do not require tools to open. Easy access to filters, drain pans, and cooling coils is imperative.
    • Double wall cabinet – The inner wall protects the insulation from moisture and mechanical damage, increases sound dampening, and is easier to clean.

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    August 3, 2008

    :216 Washer Drip Pan

    Filed under: :216 Washer Drip Pan — Tags: , , , , , , — John Banta @ 12:43 am

    Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet environment.

    1:5:10:216 EcoTip: Washer drip or drain pans need to be heavy duty to withstand the wear and tear from the vibration of the washing machine. Ideally the pan will be drained to the outside so the pan won’t fill up and overflow should some form of leak develop. A water alarm (:214) is a good idea to provide an early warning of leaks that develop.

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    Suggested Review: :214

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    August 2, 2008

    :215 Water Heater Drip Pan

    Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet environment.

    1:5:10:215 EcoTip: To help prevent or reduce water damage from burst water heaters you should have a drip pan underneath them that will ideally drain to the outside. Since the water that flows into it may be very hot, it will need to be constructed of a material that can stand the heat. Metal drain pans may rust through and leaks with a high flow rate such as with a sudden bursting can also cause expensive damage. A water alarm (:214) should be installed to alert you to problems early.

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    Suggested Review: :214

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