My AC unit occasionally has water in the intake filter. THe filter is
about 6 feet away from the AC unit. It's not alot of water, maybe 1/2
- 1 cup. What is this from and should I be concerned? If I should be
concerned, how do I fix it?
Cant see it from here, but be concerned and find the cause . Standing
water will promote mold and rust. Dry it out and locate the cause. I
will take a guess , im no pro, and say your AC coil condensate drain
pan drain is plugged and overflowing the pan. Remove the drain if you
can and get the duct open to view the pan under the AC coil. Water
migrates and may be doing alot of damage you are unaware of.
I remember now that I had to blow out the line (leading outside). It
was clogged with goo from the AC I guess. Is there any thing I can put
in the line to disolve this stuff so that it flows freely? The line
from the AC out of the house is more than 30 feet.
Compressed air. Cut the pipe, puff it out, repair with a Fernco rubber
coupler so you can do it again on a yearly schedule.
You can get overpriced polyquat tablets to put in the drain pan, but the
constant flow of condensate means that you can't control the dose, which
makes it pointlessly unreliable.
Whats that? The tablets?
No..they dont carry those, and to be honest, we dont use them either. We use
a product that is cheap, easy, and never fails...never.
Its called Co2...when we service our customers units at the start of the
season, the lines get a good blasting with it, and then, we put in a
Diversitech tab, that you also cant get at Lowes, that is good for about 6
months to keep the line clear. Those little white tabs are good for about
one month..IF that.
A rubber coupler? While a good idea, to a point, what would be better would
be a solvent in union. thats what we put on our condensate drains so that in
the future, if there is a need to remove the pan, or coil, it can be pulled
without trouble, and if the lines need cleaning, two twists and you are into
the line...costs a bit more, but the first time you have a clog, you are
glad that you put it in the line.
Never seen them here...different market...different inventory...who
Not to be a wiseass, but how more complicated?
And, the only ones we have had crack, are the cheap $4 ones. Our supplier is
handling a line that is a bit more expensive, and can handle the heat of an
attic, or the cold of a crawlspace...
I dont know whats different about them...really...just know that they are
larger, heavier, and work.
My filter is 8 feet away from the AC coil , when the pan drain clogged I
had water under my filter housing.
So unless his bathroom is right above the unit and leaking id say its a
no brainer on where to start.
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