Beckett CB151UL Condensate Pump

Discussion in 'HVAC' started by jsforks@gmail.com, Jul 1, 2008.

  1. Guest

    Hi,

    I am trying to trouble shoot a Beckett CB151UL condensate pump. I
    found a pool of water next to my furnace and I suspect it is from the
    condensate pump. The water level in the reservoir was fairly high,
    close to the brim.

    I do not have experience working with pumps but while the pump was on
    I removed the clip connecting the hose and there was enough pressure
    for the water to shoot out like a fountain. I was able to put the
    tube back and the duckbill value correctly.

    I have turned off my AC, and manually poured water into the
    reservoir. This started the pump but I don't see it pumping the water
    out (I did see it pumping water out before I removed the tube).

    I would appreciate if someone can help explain the puddle of water and
    why I the pump is not pumping water out of the reservoir? Also, is
    there a owner's manual/troubleshooting manual I can locate online?
    What other checks can I do?

    Thanks.
    , Jul 1, 2008
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  2. Mark Guest


    >
    > I have turned off my AC, and manually poured water into the
    > reservoir.  This started the pump but I don't see it pumping the water
    > out (I did see it pumping water out before I removed the tube).
    >
    >

    is the hose clogged?
    Mark, Jul 1, 2008
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  3. Guest

    Mark,
    I don't think the hose is clogged, but I'll take a look at the portion
    which goes into the crawl space to verify the hose is ok down there.
    The water level in the output hose rises a little bit but I don't see
    it being pumped out. Its as though the pump is not pumping the water
    out even though I can hear the pump running. I did not want to
    unscrew the pump and disconnect the hose. But it seems that might be
    the next step.

    Thanks for providing guidance.

    Mark wrote:
    > >
    > > I have turned off my AC, and manually poured water into the
    > > reservoir. �This started the pump but I don't see it pumping thewater
    > > out (I did see it pumping water out before I removed the tube).
    > >
    > >

    > is the hose clogged?
    , Jul 1, 2008
    #3
  4. KJPRO Guest

    <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Hi,
    >
    > I am trying to trouble shoot a Beckett CB151UL condensate pump. I
    > found a pool of water next to my furnace and I suspect it is from the
    > condensate pump. The water level in the reservoir was fairly high,
    > close to the brim.
    >
    > I do not have experience working with pumps but while the pump was on
    > I removed the clip connecting the hose and there was enough pressure
    > for the water to shoot out like a fountain. I was able to put the
    > tube back and the duckbill value correctly.
    >
    > I have turned off my AC, and manually poured water into the
    > reservoir. This started the pump but I don't see it pumping the water
    > out (I did see it pumping water out before I removed the tube).
    >
    > I would appreciate if someone can help explain the puddle of water and
    > why I the pump is not pumping water out of the reservoir? Also, is
    > there a owner's manual/troubleshooting manual I can locate online?
    > What other checks can I do?
    >
    > Thanks.



    I would suggest that you call a HVAC company, if you can't troubleshoot a
    simple pump without making the situation worst.
    KJPRO, Jul 1, 2008
    #4
  5. ftwhd Guest

    On Mon, 30 Jun 2008 22:56:51 -0700 (PDT), wrote:

    >Hi,
    >
    >I am trying to trouble shoot a Beckett CB151UL condensate pump. I
    >found a pool of water next to my furnace and I suspect it is from the
    >condensate pump. The water level in the reservoir was fairly high,
    >close to the brim.
    >
    >I do not have experience working with pumps but while the pump was on
    >I removed the clip connecting the hose and there was enough pressure
    >for the water to shoot out like a fountain. I was able to put the
    >tube back and the duckbill value correctly.
    >
    >I have turned off my AC, and manually poured water into the
    >reservoir. This started the pump but I don't see it pumping the water
    >out (I did see it pumping water out before I removed the tube).
    >
    >I would appreciate if someone can help explain the puddle of water and
    >why I the pump is not pumping water out of the reservoir? Also, is
    >there a owner's manual/troubleshooting manual I can locate online?
    >What other checks can I do?
    >
    >Thanks.


    You should check your head for a brain...
    ftwhd, Jul 1, 2008
    #5
  6. essenz Guest

    Open up the pump, inside will be a brass tube that goes down toward
    the bottom. At the bottom it flares out. That wide section is where
    the impeller is. The bottom portion below the impeller is usually
    connected to the main body with 6 or so bolts and a gasket.

    Note: On the newer pumps, everything is plastic, but if you have one
    of the older pumps that still has brass... see below.

    Over time the bolts rust and fall off, or the gasket falls apart. The
    perimeter that the gasket seals must be 100% sealed, if not the
    impeller can't pump water as good, and what happens is the pump just
    runs forever, and it can't get enough lift pressure, then the motor
    overheats and the unit shuts off, it fills with water, etc.,.

    Its actually easy to repair, but to be honest, I would buy a newer
    plastic one. A new 460V becket condensate pump is like $380, less for
    230/208V.

    -John

    On Jul 1, 1:56 am, wrote:
    > Hi,
    >
    > I am trying to trouble shoot a Beckett CB151UL condensate pump.  I
    > found a pool of water next to my furnace and I suspect it is from the
    > condensate pump.  The water level in the reservoir was fairly high,
    > close to the brim.
    >
    > I do not have experience working with pumps but while the pump was on
    > I removed the clip connecting the hose and there was enough pressure
    > for the water to shoot out like a fountain.  I was able to put the
    > tube back and the duckbill value correctly.
    >
    > I have turned off my AC, and manually poured water into the
    > reservoir.  This started the pump but I don't see it pumping the water
    > out (I did see it pumping water out before I removed the tube).
    >
    > I would appreciate if someone can help explain the puddle of water and
    > why I the pump is not pumping water out of the reservoir?  Also, is
    > there a owner's manual/troubleshooting manual I can locate online?
    > What other checks can I do?
    >
    > Thanks.
    essenz, Jul 2, 2008
    #6
  7. KJPRO Guest

    "essenz" <> wrote in message
    news:...

    > Its actually easy to repair, but to be honest, I would buy a newer
    > plastic one. A new 460V becket condensate pump is like $380, less for
    > 230/208V.



    That's nice, but the "Beckett CB151UL condensate pump" is a 120 V model.
    KJPRO, Jul 2, 2008
    #7
  8. Sounds like your tube is clogged. Replace tube. Regrets, I've got gmail
    users blocked, so saw your question through someone else.

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    Christopher A. Young
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    "ai" <> wrote in message
    news:w21hk.518$...
    ai had written this in response to
    http://www.thestuccocompany.com/hvac/Beckett-CB151UL-Condensate-Pump-33417-.htm
    :
    Good morning.
    It is a shame when home owners look to the web for some basic info re:
    CB151, and those in the know can only be sarcastic. Once you've
    disconnected the pump and taken it apart, try flushing the chamber with a
    mixture of vinegar and water. Aggitate left and right, trying not to wet
    the electronics. Rinse. If this doesn't take care of it as it did for me,
    then you have to look into replacing seal.
    At any point, if you have no luck, look into calling for help.
    I don't think the members here are looking to help, only to chastise you
    for not hiring one of their kind.
    The days of helping an inquiring homeowner died on the prairie.

    -------------------------------------
    wrote:


    > Hi,


    > I am trying to trouble shoot a Beckett CB151UL condensate pump. I
    > found a pool of water next to my furnace and I suspect it is from the
    > condensate pump. The water level in the reservoir was fairly high,
    > close to the brim.


    > I do not have experience working with pumps but while the pump was on
    > I removed the clip connecting the hose and there was enough pressure
    > for the water to shoot out like a fountain. I was able to put the
    > tube back and the duckbill value correctly.


    > I have turned off my AC, and manually poured water into the
    > reservoir. This started the pump but I don't see it pumping the water
    > out (I did see it pumping water out before I removed the tube).


    > I would appreciate if someone can help explain the puddle of water and
    > why I the pump is not pumping water out of the reservoir? Also, is
    > there a owner's manual/troubleshooting manual I can locate online?
    > What other checks can I do?


    > Thanks.






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  9. KJPRO Guest

    "ai" <> wrote in message
    news:w21hk.518$...
    > ai had written this in response to
    > http://www.thestuccocompany.com/hvac/Beckett-CB151UL-Condensate-Pump-33417-.htm
    > :
    > Good morning.
    > It is a shame when home owners look to the web for some basic info re:
    > CB151, and those in the know can only be sarcastic. Once you've
    > disconnected the pump and taken it apart, try flushing the chamber with a
    > mixture of vinegar and water. Aggitate left and right, trying not to wet
    > the electronics. Rinse. If this doesn't take care of it as it did for me,
    > then you have to look into replacing seal.
    > At any point, if you have no luck, look into calling for help.
    > I don't think the members here are looking to help, only to chastise you
    > for not hiring one of their kind.
    > The days of helping an inquiring homeowner died on the prairie.
    >
    > -------------------------------------
    > wrote:



    God forbid him to replace a $40 pump...
    Geez...
    KJPRO, Jul 22, 2008
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