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Vertical to horizontal

We are purchasing a home with a ruud heat pump system. The air handler model number is ubhc 21 j 11 nfc. It is a heat pump. It is currently installed vertically. I would like to change it to horizontal. Is this possible and does it already have a horizontal condensate pan or will I have to buy one? If so is it available? thanks dave

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Most all airhandlers have a second pan included . if not they can usually be purchased with directions to mount to the side of the coil for horizontal right or horizontal left application. remove the front panel and take a flash light look inside and you should see a cookie sheet looking pan on one side of the coil usually on the right side coil can usually be removed and reinstalled with the top of the coil facing the filter or the blower depending on how you want the air to go . just be sure the pan is under the coil and you will be ok . i have actually seen pros install them with the pan above the coil! and of course they flood the place. water of course goes down hill. the square donut pan used for vertical install stays in place as found. you will need to install a second emergency pan to catch any backup drips especially if you put it in an attic. you should find them at a sheet metal shop and they are basically a pan even bigger than the airhandler that catches any drip. it should be connected to a drain to the outside also and a float switch installed in case it fails to shut off the ac. better to get a no cool call than a flooded house call. try to put the second drain out over a door or window where it will be noticed before damage. good luck and remember you will have to relocate ductwork, electric drains filters refrigerant lines and if its in an attic a decked service area and a light and an outlet are required here in fla. good luckagain.

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