My AC has a clogged pipe or some such, and is leaking all over the
basement--which is unfurnished, thank goodness. Email welcome, watch
the spam trap.
The dignified don't even enter in the game.
-- The Jam
Sounds like the condensate drain is clogged.
Try your shop vacuum on blow first. Neck the hose down and see if you can
blow/suck out the obstruction. Turn the ac off at the panel first. Might
save ya a service call
What I have heard is that the solution for that type of
problem is a high-pressure air blast through the drain pipe.
I would guess that any HVAC repair place would be able to
handle that type of thing.
Still, if you wait long enough perhaps you can heat the
water and turn your basement into a large jacuzzi. Just a
Fix it yourself and save a bunch of money. This is not a technical AC
problem, it is a clogged drain on the pan under the coil Run a wire down it
to clear it out, flush well with water, take your wife to dinner with the
$$$ you saved.
You may want to empty the pan first to find it. Use a wet/dry shop vac or a
bucket and sponge. Check the outlet as it may be a glop of stuff there
that is easily removed. .
It is a good think liberals are clever because I'm a typical conservative
who is dumber then a box of rocks in the middle of a quarry. I really hope
that the liberals can beat the crap out of us conservatives because we have
really done nothing but hurt this country by our mere presence.
Yep, that is me again pretending to be someone else. I don't even know where
Tucker is because it certainly isn't in one of these cesspool neighborhood
in Philadelpha where I live in the sewers. But I am lying when I say I
pucker becuase I gobble the stuff up just as quickly as I can.
More precisely, in the runoff from the condenser.
A condenser condenses. Otherwise, they'd call it something else.
Condensation is liquid water. The complaint was excessive liquid water
someplace where it isn't supposed to be, and there wasn't a complaint
of insufficient cooling, so my first-blush impression was that the
system designed to carry H2O(l) from where it isn't supposed to be to
where it is supposed to be is not functioning as intended. A clog is
the first thing to check, because it's the simplest to solve.
The condenser is usually indoors, because the role of air conditioning
is to remove both heat and humidity, and the condenser sucks H2O(g)
from the air and sends it out a pipe as H2O(l). A problem with the
blower wouldn't leave water on the floor. A problem with the compressor
would be outside. That leaves only one subsystem as the likely culprit.
If there's something wrong in my reasoning, feel free to point it out.
"Five tacos, one taco burger. Do you know where the American Dream is?"
-- Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
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The condenser rejects heat (outdoors when cooling, indoors in heat
pump mode). The coil that gets wet and chills the air is the
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What happened with R.S. Andrews? I used them a few times and wasn't
especially happy with them either.
Every tech who comes out has his sales hat on-- always trying to upsell you
other services in your house. I had them out on an A/C problem and after the
tech was finished, he sat in his truck for 20 minutes preparing a detailed
written proposal to upgrade my electric wiring (not related to power for the
A/C). He tried to include that write-up time in his bill for the A/C repair.
I told him to stuff it and deduct that time from the bill-- which he
reluctantly did. He said they're required to propose other work. If he was
telling the truth, that's pretty crummy-- especially if they're billing
people for their marketing/write-up time!
Overall, I found their prices are generally on the high side too...
Re. my experience with Estes vs R.S. Andrews.
In my previous home in Cobb county, I replaced the 20 year old hvac system
with a new Amana dual fuel (gas / electric heat pump) system from Estes.
One tech. did the whole job in one day. Never had a problem for the next 6
Recently moved to another neighborhood with a 20 year old house. This time,
used R.S. Andrews. Why, you say? The salesmen. The Estes fellow didn't
seem knowledgeable and provided a handwritten quote that was confusing. The
enthusiastic Andrews guy was professional and knowledgeable.
The 2 story (w/basement) house has 2 complete, independent systems. Both
were replaced with Trane dual fuel, heat pumps. In addition, all attic duct
work was replaced / upgraded. The three man crew arrived at 9:30 a.m. and
left about 10:30 p.m.
7 more service calls were required to fix things they did incorrectly. i.e.
installed the wrong thermostats, ran a water supply line in front of the
whole house humidifier, so the cover couldn't be removed to change the
filter. ( I had to teach the tech. how to solder copper pipe on this call.
He didn't have a clue.), ran a gas line to the attic system that did not
meet code, etc, etc.
FWIW, I did not have to "fight" to get them back each time but still.....
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