I live in an apartment and the AC they have installed has a condensate
pan below the coils that drip from condensation. The drain for the pan
is located on the side of the pan towards the bottom but there is a
slight lip allowing about 1/6" of water to remain in the pan without
draining. I have been told by the maintenance people that this is
normal and to be expected, however I am beginning to smell mildew and
the insulation on the inside of the unit is filthy.
Can someone please let me know how I should proceed with this
situation? I really need an expert's opinion.
firstname.lastname@example.org wrote in news:1152286803.229811.87100@
If you have a window unit, many collect water under the edge of the
condensor cooling fan. The spinning fan agitates the water and blows it
through the condensor coil and out the back of the unit. I got tired of the
noise from the swishing water in my A/C and drilled a hole in the bottom of
the pan under the fan to dain the water.
I guess the purpose of the water spray is to prevent dripping under the
unit and/or further cooling of the condensor.
your system was installed by morons. tell them to come back and
re-level your ac unit so that the unit slopes towards the drain such
that ALL the water drains from the drain pan.
Have your attorney threaten the installing contractor with Mold
Litigation if necessary to get corrective action. A few digital
pictures really helps.
On Sat, 08 Jul 2006 14:47:11 GMT, email@example.com wrote:
Christ Fish! Take a fuckin pill. Read the Ops post again and think!
Look what he is telling you.
First he lives in an Apartment. We all know what kind of maintenance
happens at an apt complex.
Next, notice the term "lip" and where/how he uses it. He's talking
about how the condensate drain connection cannot be made completely to
the bottom of the tray (just like every other drain pan). If he wants
all the water to drain from the pan he needs to drill a hole in the
bottom of the pan and the top of his head. This will let the water out
and the noxious gasses from his head.
Lastly, the Op tosses in terms about "mildew", "filthy insulation",
"expert" and "how to proceed with this situation".
He's practically crying out "I wanna sue, I wanna be rich, I dont
wanna work, Im a low-life apt dweller and I wanna live off someone
Im ashamed of you Fish. "You've been here how long? :-)
Look for UPS. I'll be sending you that crystal ball.
hot damn! I havent hooked a big mouthed Bubba in such a long time I
thought I forgot how to bass fish !!
hey speaking of such......
Actually I just want to get it fixed since I am sensitive to these sort
of things. I want an expert's opinion so I can get it fixed correctly.
I just moved here and I want to be comfortable. I already have a good
job and work for a living (but thanks for the stereo type).
Some water will remain in pan due to fitting drain connects to. You
should not get mold because condensate is formed and drains leaving new
behind. Sometimes a funky slime forms in pans due to dust etc. You can
buy tablets to place in the pan to help with this. If you can
reach..you could always shim the back of the pan so more drains out. I
don't think it's anything to worry about. Maybe water is leaking around
unit causing mold, or you have no trap and odors are coming up the
As for the guy with the window unit. The water is spashed around and
cools the condensor which increases your sub-cooling thus efficiency.
Lets see where to start............
Ok...first, properly installed units wont have but a few drops of water left
in the pan, and most fittings at least on what we install dont have the lip
as you insinuate here that will leave water in the pan, unless of course its
the secondary drain.
EVERY units got mold. Its got mold spores on it when you install it. Molds
been around since the dinos, and you aint gonna stop that.
Now..lets see...slime...you suggest its not mold...umm...ok..whatever...you
suggest its from dust...gee..now wonder how that mold spore hitched a ride?
Smell is prob DSS, and could be fixed if he had a competent guy out there.
Thanks this was the kind of advice I was looking for. What kind of
tablets do you recommend? The maintenance guy put some fast acting
ones in that disolved really quickly, so I was hoping for something a
bit more long term. The bottom of the cooling portion sits in a
plastic tray. Do I need to be concerned about damaging the unit if I
use a tablet that is bleach based?
As to your question, the drain looks trapped and I dont think the odors
are coming up from there and I havent spotted any leaks. Over the
weekend I flushed out the pan with some water and cleaned up all the
bits of grime out from it, then poured some bleach/water mixture into
the pan to hopefully address anything else.
The maintenace guy shim'd the back of the unit a bit and it seems like
its got a smaller amount sitting in the tray now but there is still a
They have some duct cleaners scheduled to come out this morning,
hopefully they will go over the inside insulation with a good
Any other ideas?
Sounds like you got it covered. Spray a bleach solution on anything
that looks like mold. Add about a cup of bleach a month to your pan
and that will help keep the drain lines from cloggin and help kill
You can buy the tablets or just spend the $1 on a big bottle of bleach.
Take the cover off. Clean the inside of the unit with compress air.
Use a small brush to lossen the rust and debris that have been
collected inside the unit. Clean with compress air again. After the
debris have been removed, wipe the inside surfaces with a bleach
If the evaporator is dirty, clean it with a water spray. Do it
carefully so that the water doesn't get into the electrical parts.
I am amazed how dirty window air conditioners are and why people don't
get sick from the air they put out.
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