Air Conditioner Drain Pan Replacement or Refurbishment?


Air Conditioner Drain Pan Replacement or Refurbishment?

Choosing between air conditioner drain pan replacement or refurbishment can be relatively difficult, especially if your A/C is a somewhat older model. A few of the more important aspects of the decision to keep in mind include:

  • Cost
  • Expected lifespan
  • Current problems
  • Age of the unit

What is the cost of replacing a drain pan?

Depending on the type of A/C you own, the cost for a replacement can run anywhere from $50.00 to as much as $10,000.00. If you have a professional do the work, you may be looking at substantial labor fees as well. A drain pan refurbishment might be more cost effective, especially if the damage to the drain pan is localized in one area, or the damage is not extensive.

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How long should a drain pan last?

Replacement drain pans can last anywhere from 10-20 years, assuming the drain itself works properly. A refurbished drain pan with a new waterproof coating can last a similar length of time, making it a bad idea to base a decision about drain pan replacement solely on its projected lifespan.

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Always evaluate the current situation before making a final decision…

Even when a drain pan is refurbished quickly, it still takes more than a day to get the job done because the coating needs to properly cure. A replacement can be installed in a short amount of time, which can be handy if you need to replace the drain pan in the middle of summer, when the temperature in your home or business could get very high. If you can live with the A/C not being used for a day or two, a refurbishment might be the way to go. If the floor beneath the A/C is getting damaged, especially if the problem just popped up, it may be a good idea to just go with a replacement.

Always take into account the HVAC unit age…

The older your A/C is, the more likely it is that finding a replacement will be difficult. Having an older drain pan refurbished may be your best bet with a system more than 15 years old. On the other hand, if your system is relatively new, you should not have a problem finding a replacement.

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Most of the time, replacing a residential drain pan is the right course of action. For older A/C models, or for commercial grade units, you may find it more cost effective to have your drain pan refurbished. Either way, keeping a defective drain pan in place will lead to a lot of problems underneath your flooring. Even in an area like a basement, excess water can facilitate mold growth, which can be very dangerous.

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