Hoisting Evaporator Coil a couple of inches

Discussion in 'HVAC' started by jvc714, Aug 8, 2018.

Help Support House Repair Talk by donating using the link above.
  1. Aug 8, 2018 #1

    jvc714

    jvc714

    jvc714

    Active Member

    Joined:
    Nov 11, 2013
    Messages:
    28
    Likes Received:
    2
    I have a drain pan under a Comfort Maker horizontal evaporator coil.

    The drain pan is completely rusted out and I would like to replace it. The space around it is very limited.

    What is the best way to hoist up the evaporator coil a couple of inches so I can place the new drain pan under it before putting it back down?

    I was thinking of placing a piece of 2x4 under one end and putting a car jack under it.

    I was wondering if there are areas of the casing that is strong enough to take the weight of the evaporator coil without damaging the casing similar to jacking points in a car.

    My evaporator coil looks similar to this one.

    https://files.comfortmaker.com/comfortmaker/en/us/contentimages/ENH4X.jpg

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Aug 8, 2018 #2

    bud16415

    bud16415

    bud16415

    Fixer Upper Staff Member Admin Moderator

    Joined:
    Feb 5, 2013
    Messages:
    4,768
    Likes Received:
    1,653
    I have never done it maybe some of the pros will be along to help.


    Generally if a unit has any threaded lifting holes they are in the area of greatest strength. If you could bolt a block to one of those locations and then jack against that might be an idea.
     
  3. Aug 9, 2018 at 2:59 AM #3

    jvc714

    jvc714

    jvc714

    Active Member

    Joined:
    Nov 11, 2013
    Messages:
    28
    Likes Received:
    2
    Thanks Bud. I will have to climb up into the crawl space to look at it again to see if there are threaded lifting holes or not.

    I am hoping the temperature dies down a bit as it is probably 140+ up there at this time of the year.

    Any other information is much appreciated.

    Thank you.
     
  4. Aug 13, 2018 at 4:59 PM #4

    jvc714

    jvc714

    jvc714

    Active Member

    Joined:
    Nov 11, 2013
    Messages:
    28
    Likes Received:
    2
    I went up to the attic and noticed that the evaporator coil is connected to the heating/blower on one side an suspended by a metal strap on the other side.

    It was not elegant but I bent the sides down on the new drain pan and place it under as a temporary fix until we put in a new AC unit.

    Thanks for the help.
     
  5. Aug 13, 2018 at 9:37 PM #5

    oldognewtrick

    oldognewtrick

    oldognewtrick

    Administrator Staff Member Admin Moderator

    Joined:
    Jul 26, 2009
    Messages:
    10,896
    Likes Received:
    1,479
    I replaced a pan under a unit one time by folding up three sides, slide the open end under the unit by just lifting it enough to get the flat sheet under it. Then folded the remaining side up and soldered the corners.
     
    inspectorD and bud16415 like this.

Share This Page