I got overzealous when I put a new plastic check valve on my condensate pump. I tightened it too much and the check valve snapped off from the threads.

Is there any way to take out what's left from the check valve out of the condensate pump? Or do I just need to buy a new condensate pump?

I looked at the underside of the pump and it does not look like I could easily get to the bolt from the inside of the unit.

broken plastic bracket at the side of the pump

  • I see a white piece (the pump?) with a messed up hole, and I (barely) see a black piece (the check valve?) that may have come from this hole, but I don't see threads or the underside of the pump where this bolt might be. Some additional pictures may help quite a bit.
    – FreeMan
    Jun 23 at 15:36

2 Answers 2


If you have access to screw extractors, they work great. See picture below. Find one that fits into the hole tight and turn it counterclockwise.

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You can also stick a slotted screwdriver that fits snugly into the remaining piece and turn it counterclockwise. It should grab the sides and turn out.


Shove a scissor, or steak knife blade in there and see if it will turn when it snapped off it may have gotten significantly looser.

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