HOW TO PICK THE RIGHT CONDENSATE PUMP FOR YOUR SYSTEM?
- LOOK AT THE AIR HANDLER OR FURNACE NOMENCLATURE FOR SPECS
This can be found on the housing of the blower section itself. Keep in mind, larger units (more BTUs) produce more condensate water. Also, check if you have a P-trap before or after the condensate pump, as this can affect how you mount the pump.
- DETERMINE HOW HIGH YOU ARE PUMPING THE CONDENSATE WATER
Each pump is designed to lift the water only a certain height. Measure the height you will pump the water out to make sure you get the right one. To learn more, click here.
- DETERMINE IF YOU NEED A 240V OR 120V CONDENSATE PUMP
Depending on the wiring of your blower section, dictates if you need a 120V plug-in pump, or a 240V direct-wired pump. Also, consider if you have a float switch wired in the circuit.
- MAKE SURE TO HAVE A SEPERATE RECEPTICLE TO PLUG IN YOUR 120V PLUG-IN PUMP
To not void the manufacturer’s warranty, you must plug 120V condensate pumps into its own separate 120V receptacle for power. That is, if you are not using a 240V condensate pump wired directly into your blower section electrical. That’s right, according to manufacturers you cannot leave anything else plugged into the 120V receptable to properly maintain the product warranty.
- MAKE SURE YOU ARE USING THE RIGHT SIZE CONDENSATE TUBING
There are different different size condensate tubes for different applications. HVAC standardly uses 1/2″ inch clear condensate tubing.