Hey guys! I have a pretty decent HVAC unit in my house. I keep it clean, change the filters regularly, and it runs really well.
The air handler is located in the middle of the house, and there's a drain tube that goes from the drip pan, and goes down into the floor. Now, the floor is a concrete slab (no basements in South Florida). It goes into the slab, and then runs maybe 35 feet to the outside where it then drips out into a flower-bed.
About once every 8 months or so, the drain gets clogged and the pan fills up. I don't think it's any kind of scum or anything, but perhaps a lizard or something crawls in it??? I've hooked up an attachment with a ball-valve that allows me to hook up a garden hose and blow out whatever is in there. It works great.
Long story short, I'd like a more permanent solution that requires absolutely no maintenance in this area since I will be turning this home into a rental (have to move for my job).
So, it occurred to me. I have a washer/dryer right next to the air handler, which means I have a normal household drain there. Is there any reason why I can't simply hook the HVAC drip-pan directly up to the drain that my washing machine uses? The air handler is high enough off the floor that the exit pipe would be above the trap.
Is there any code against this that I'm not aware of?