Cooling & Air Conditioning FAQ’s
Water on The Ground from My Air Conditioner
We have a central air conditioning unit in our home with the outside unit on the side of the house. The problem we have is that there is always a lot of water exiting the pipe that is attached to the unit itself. In the area where the water is leaking, all the grass has died. Any idea how I can solve this issue?
The water you see coming from the pipe is condensation from the air circulating in your home. I am not real sure as to why it would be killing the grass, however. Do you have an available place you can extend the drain so that it won’t drip directly onto your grass? Maybe you could try extending the hose? Just be sure to keep it sloped so that it won’t back up. Another trick to try would be to buy a small drainage pipe and bury that under the topsoil. (approx. 8”). Taking a guess here, I would think you could get away with 4-6’ of the drain pipe.
Air Conditioner Drainage
I am in the process of installing an older model Admiral AC unit. The question I have is about the condensation drainage. This unit has a heavy steel type tray and even though I have searched everywhere, I am unable to find the drain hole. When I first got the unit, I noticed there was around 1” of wet guck in the tray. Could it possibly be that there is no hole and the condensation drips and evaporates in the tray?
Yes, you are correct. This type method is also more efficient as the water splashes on the condenser coils, which aids in keeping the coils cool. There was one unit we worked on last year that stated: “If the unit appears to noisy, drill a hole in the bottom for the water build-up to drain.”
My Air Conditioner is Leaking Condensation
I just noticed that our A/C unit is leaking condensation into our home. I am afraid that the catch pan may be rusted now. Is there a way to repair the pan or do I have to replace it?
You are speaking of a central unit, right? Have you successfully removed the pan to look at it? There could also be a plugged line that is causing back up as well.
Cost of Central Air Conditioner Units
We are thinking about replacing the old A/C and are wondering what the average size unit we would need for a 1700 Sq. Ft. Home?
There is so much information needed to accurately answer your questions as we take a lot into consideration. How well is your home insulated? Does it get a lot of sun? Where are you located? A good rule of thumb, you can figure for every 500 Sq. Ft you need 1 ton. Guessing would be that you need a 3-4 tons unit for your home. It would be wise for you to check with a local company for a better idea.