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VCMA-15UL 115-Volt Automatic Condensate Removal Pump

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Product Details

Designed for automatic collection and removal of condensate from air conditioning, refrigeration and dehumidification equipment when gravity drainage is not possible or practical. Also suitable for high efficiency oil and gas-fired condensing furnace and condensing boiler equipment. Removable pump float locking tab for safety during transportation (remove at time of installation).

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Questions & Answers

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Q:My old pump mod. Vcm-2ouls has a power cord and 2 additional wires that are wired to my furness does this? and what are they for?
by|Dec 22, 2022
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A:  Mine came with a power cord and a standard 3 prong plug that plugs directly into an outlet mounted on the furnace. The furnace does not control the pump - it has its own float switch. I have no idea what the two additional wires might be for but this pump (at least mine) didn't have them and doesn't need them

by|Dec 22, 2022

    A:  The “S” in your model number indicates that your pump has a safety switch. A safety switch is what is referred to as a set of dry contacts; which is a fancy way of saying it is an unpowered switch. These are most likely the two wires you mention, that go to your furnace. If and when the pump fails, you don’t want the pump to overflow causing water damage. To prevent this producers of condensate pumps and HVAC equipment collaborated. The pump people began offering pumps with unpowered high water switches built into them and producers of equipment began producing equipment that could take advantage of these switches. They built into the equipment the ability to power this switch circuit and to allow the switch to shut off the unit if the condensate level in the pump got so high that it ran the risk of overflowing. For pumps that have this switch, sometimes it is used and sometimes not. Because the switch is unpowered when not hooked to an accomidating appliance the wires are often just left sitting unused. Assuming your current system utilizes this switch and it offers benefit you may want to consider a replacement pump that also has a safety switch. For example Little Giant model number VCMA-20ULS. As to your other question, Yes these pumps come with a cord. I have no good explanation as to why Little Giant crops it out of all their pictures other that they sell pumps all over the world and that different plugs are used in different countries. It causes a lot of confusion and I apologize for that. If you scroll down the Home Depot product listing page you will come to a section entitled Product Resources. There you will find PDF’s of the product documents. If you open the specification sheet you will find it references the 6’ cord. The other documents give more detail on the safety switch.

    by|Dec 23, 2022
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      Q:Is there a warranty on condensate pump
      by|Sep 12, 2022
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      A:  Yes 12 Months here is their site https://images.thdstatic.com/catalog/pdfImages/84/8456fed1-f47c-46ae-a472-ccc6016cbd3b.pdf

      by|Sep 17, 2022

        A:  Yes there is and a PDF of the complete warranty is posted on the Home Depot product listing page. You will find it in the product details section under Additional Resources. It state the following. Your product is guaranteed to be in perfect condition when it leaves our factory. It is warranted against defective materials and workmanship for a period of 12 months from date of purchase by the user. Any product that should fail for either of the above two reasons and is still within the warranty period will be repaired or replaced at the option of Little Giant as the sole remedy of buyer. For our customers in the CONTINENTAL UNITED STATES: Please return the defective unit, postage paid, to the factory at 301 North MacArthur Blvd., Oklahoma City, OK 73127-6616. All defective product returned under warranty will be fully inspected to determine the cause of failure before warranty is approved. For our customers located elsewhere; it is not economical, due to duties and freight, to return the pump to the factory for inspection. Please return the defective unit to any authorized distributor or dealer with a brief written explanation of the problem. If there are no apparent signs of customer abuse, unit will be repaired or replaced. If dispute arises over replacement of the pump, the distributor or dealer is to segregate such items and hold for inspection by a representative of Franklin Electric Co., Inc. or notify factory with details of the problem for factory disposition and settlement of warranty claim

        by|Sep 13, 2022
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          Q:Is this overkill for a portable AC for a small apartment?
          by|Aug 6, 2022
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          A:  No I would not consider it overkill. In fact it might not be large enough. Sizing a condensate pump has more to do with the height you are lifting the water than it does to the size of the AC unit; although the size of the AC unit does play a roll. All pumps are rated on a graph called a pump curve. On one axis you have height and on the other flow rate. The curve illustrates pump performance across its range. If you scroll down the Home Depot product listing page you will come to a section entitled “Additional Resources”. Here you will find PDF’s of the product documents. If you open the one labeled specification you will find it contains the pump curve on the second page. It shows that if the pump is pumping horizontally to one foot vertically it can move 65 gallons per hour. If the application requires it to lift the water 8’ vertically it will pump 35 gallons per hour. And if asked to lift the water 15’ vertically the pump will dead head. Meaning it will lift the water the 15 feet but there will be no flow. The correct way to size a pump is to first calculate the total height of the lift vertically. The distance horizontally really does not matter. Once you know the height, which we call the head, then select a pump that can move the appropriate amount of fluid at that height; based on the pump curve. My point, if you need to lift the condensate more than 10’ up, this pump would not be powerful enough.

          by|Nov 18, 2022
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            Q:Can I wire this to my furnace on off switch?
            by|Jul 30, 2022
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            A:  Yes you can. Mine is wired into the on/off switch on my furnace. My suggestion is to put the outlet that you are adding on the same side of the furnace as the pump. It just makes it easier to access when you clean / change the pump. Get an electrician to wire it up for you. They will make sure that all the connections are correct and the right gauge of wire is used.

            by|Nov 10, 2022
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              A:  If it can be avoided, I would not. That switch is a safety device and should remain isolated. If absolutely necessary you could add an outlet before the switch provided the circuit can support the load.

              by|Aug 2, 2022

                A:  I am sorry I cannot give you a definitive answer to that as I am unfamiliar with your furnace or its installation.

                by|Aug 1, 2022

                  A:  Ours was wired to the on/off switch. We just had to replace the pump.

                  by|Aug 4, 2022
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                    I had it for 11 years in which it worked very reliably. I would add lemi shine to prevent hard w...
                    I had it for 11 years in which it worked very reliably. I would add lemi shine to prevent hard water build up on the internal components. The screw mounts could be better designed to be stress free to prevent cracking of the housing as evident in the picture by the warning label. Easy to disassemble to clean. A clear top or bottom housing would make seeing if the unit needed to be cleaned easier. Satisfied for I bought a replacement unit that came in very good condition. Still using old one but have a spare for when the old one dies.
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                    Not much to say, really. HVAC w/humidifier had a drain that ran directly into slab and would occa...
                    Not much to say, really. HVAC w/humidifier had a drain that ran directly into slab and would occasionally backup. Re-directed drain pipe to pump and ran outlet tube into the waste pipe (with loop in tubing). Easily handles humidifier water and is quiet.
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                    This purchase replaces the original condensate pump for our gas-fired boiler. I had originally pl...
                    This purchase replaces the original condensate pump for our gas-fired boiler. I had originally planned to call the technician who services the boiler, but when I couldn't get through (all of the service trades are buried in work thanks to our scalding hot economy) I decided to do a bit of research. The Little Giant was about 25% lower in price than the OEM unit, but I chose it on the basis of several hundred uniformly high ratings. Thus far I have been entirely satisfied with its performance. The pump is both more powerful and quieter than its predecessor. It was intuitively easy to install; there is a small cardoard tab that protects the electrical contacts during shipment. Removal of this strip prior to operation, deciding which of the available drain inlets makes most sense to use, reinstalling the rigid drain from the boiler, installing the flexible drain line on the nipple at the top of the pump deck, and plugging the power cord into a grounded receptacle is the extent of the installation challenge, a great advantage for a mechanically challenged individual like me. Overall, the whole process from unopened carton to finished installation was the work of about ten minutes. For the minimum that my highly valued technician would have charged to walk through the door, I could buy a half dozen of these pumps. While I was waiting the two or three days for the pump to arrive, I used an old dishpan to catch the condensation and emptied it twice a day. You can do that.
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                    As of right now in just over 48 hours it is working like a charm.
                    As of right now in just over 48 hours it is working like a charm.
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                    Working fine, easy to replace the old one.
                    Working fine, easy to replace the old one.
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                    I was a maintenance electrician for 30 years and used a lot of these Little Giant pumps. They wo...
                    I was a maintenance electrician for 30 years and used a lot of these Little Giant pumps. They worked great, and lasted a long time then and still do. My personal opinion is for the money they can not be beat.
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                      great product
                      Have two of these now removing condensate from 2 window AC units that exhaust inside a warehouse. Easy to install. No longer have to worry about overflowing buckets of water.
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                      The right product for my home use
                      This is truly a plug-n-play product...so easy to set up, anybody can do it. This only took me 5 minutes from opening the box to turning the pump on. It is replaced a different brand (hat lasted only two years) and has been running flawlessly with heavy usage for the past month. No issue yet...and don't expect any...as have always been pleased with Little GIANT products.
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                      Does its job.
                      Very affordable price and it does its job. It was very easy to install and saw it working right away. Old condensate pump was flooding and this one is not leaking a drop. The only problem is that at night it gets a little noisy, you can hear all the suctioning, but then again my room is right next to it.
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                      works great
                      I use this pump as a condensate pump for our furnace. Installed this condensate pump In about 5 minutes. Been running for over a month with no problems. I ordered in on line for in store pick up. It arrived on time. I got a call and picked it up. Easy to install.
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