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Water collected in the tray under the air handler. The float turned unit off. Drained water and AC returned. What caused the water to collect in the catch tray. Is there a clog in the drain pipe?

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Yes there is a clog in the drain, you can try a cloth hanger or a small drain auger, slug builds up and clog the drain it only takes a little to clog the flow and can easily be unclogged



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