Hi, I live on the first floor of a house The upstairs tenant has a window AC
unit, and it drips directly on mine when he is running his. This makes an
annoying continual noise and it bothers me since the window is right next to
my computer. The AC units cannot be located to other windows.
Can anything be done about this? Thanks!
Reminds me of a trick for a leaky faucet driving you crazy with the
dripping sound in the middle of the night - tie a string at the spot
down to the sink so that the drop runs down the string (silent) instead
of a noisy drop. Also, maybe the use of flexible rubber hose to divert
the leak-off around your unit to the ground may work also. Good luck.
Put a piece of plywood or a shingle on top to catch the drip; put it at
a steep angle toward the back so the drop won't be as loud and so it
will run off.
You could also put a tuna can on top to catch the drip, with a hole its
side near the bottom (so it will drain) and put some fiberglass batting
(etc.) inside to keep it quiet. This will make a rust stain on top of
your A/C, but who can see that anyway.
Hope this helps, :-)
Some new units come with a push in plastic fitting that is made to
install in the main drain hole in the bottom pan of the AC unit.
It is made to direct the flow of condensate. I think I am correct
that some are designed to insert into a piece of clear plastic
tubing which would allow you to send the water somewhere useful.
Maybe you could put a flower box of some description on the top of
your unit. It would be watered automatically, look pretty, and
dissipate the sound.
(top posted for your convenience)
Keep the whole world singing . . . .
DanG (remove the sevens)
Rain water dripping off my roof onto my ac used to drive me crazy. I took a
pt 2x4 and stuck a 1/4 inch piece of rubber on one side. Put this on the ac
and no more sound. But the other ideas where just as good. Wish there was
Usenet around when I had my problem.
Go to the hardware store, and get one of the astroturf type door mats. Cut
it about the size of your AC top, and put it up top of your AC. Then when
the water lands, it will hit turf, instead of going "ping" on your metal
The unit upstairs is not working properly or is not installed properly.
Make sure they have it level to eliminate the dripping. People think it is
better to have them tilted backward, but the dripping water means the
slinger ring is not putting the water against the coil where it will
evaporate and help the unit cool better.
Another solution is a deflector of some sort to re-direct the water.
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