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I am about to install a water heater in our condo. This is inside the house so I want to be careful about possible leaks. I am putting a drain pan underneath it and need to connect it to a drain somewhere.

I noticed this pipe in the back wall of the water heater closet and am wondering if this is a drain pipe that I can connect the drip pan to. Any idea if it is or what is a good way to test?

We just bought the condo and the previous water heater did not have a drain pan (causing it to leak - long story). I have reached out to the HOA but not sure if they'd know either.

PS: adding a couple more pictures. We had to remove the dry-wall due to leaks from the old heater. You can see the pipe on the bottom of the platform on which there is the AC unit.

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  • Maybe, but maybe not. You will want to find out where it goes before you make any plans for using it. – jwh20 Mar 24 at 19:17
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    I suspect it would be more correct to say You will want to find out where it comes from before you make any plans for using it. It looks liked the drain end of an exciting overflow drain. – Alaska Man Mar 24 at 19:34
  • If it is near an AC unit, this might be run-off from the condenser. Look for AC or some other cooler nearby. – tgolisch Mar 24 at 19:49
  • Yes it is right underneath the AC unit. The wall it is sticking out from is the platform for the AC unit. I will try to find out from the HOA if they have any of the plans. – Mojoshtudd Mar 24 at 20:37
  • Added a second picture to OP showing the pipe in relation to the AC unit. – Mojoshtudd Mar 24 at 20:44

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