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Re: Condensation collecting on AC hoses in condo attic
I'm Harvey the Master Plumber
Your question is can you use foam ****-tubing to cover these hoses to absorb drips? Now, wrapped with black tape
YES! The tubing doesn't absorb drips, it insullates the pipes against the humidity. I'm surprised it was not insullated to begin with as that is required for this very reason! When insullating don't leave any gaps and you'll be fine.
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Many people just use large black trash bags secured with duct tape or bungi cords. Black bags won't deteriorate as fast as the white ones with the UV rays of the sun and should last one full winter.
If you're concerned about the neighbors complaining about the lack of asthetics....I can't help you.
I never cover attic vents nor recommend them to be covered, because a properly vented attic all year long ensures moisture removal from the attic area and from the insulation. Also if you have shingled roofing, each nail point extending through the sheeting will condense moisture and drip into the insulation in a non vented attic space. This happens many times each winter when the air temp and the moisture content collide on the dew point scale. It does NOT happen daily.
The nails conduct the warmth to the outside, cool down and attract the moisture from the non vented air on their exposed length and slide down to the tip dripping into the insulation. Moisture detracts from the insulations ability to do its job, and that's to insulate the living space from abnormally cold or hot temperatures.
If its leaking condensation on the relay, all you can do is make a cover of some kind to keep it off the relay. As long as the a/c is working properly, it will drip condensation. They didn't think about this on this model. You can also buy a roll of pipe insulation the wraps around this low side line that will help, its a black foam like material. Good luck, Shastalaker7
Sounds like your drains for drip pan under the evaporator area are plugged. They are located at the base of the AC unit on roof. Look real close under AC unit near front, for a hole in base plate of AC on each side. Water ( condensation ) should be dripping out of those holes pretty steady when running. You should have an inch or so clearance between base of AC and roof to try and get a bent piece of wire, or similar in to hole and try to clean it out. If that doesn't help you will have to remove plastic cover and remove all the screws that hold the front cover over the evaporator and remove the front metal cover. Look down at base of the coils and fins and you will see a drip pan that has small holes at each end for drainage. They will get plugged up with debris, thus poor, if any drainage. I use a long air nozzle and a small compressor to blow them and the tray out to clean it well. That will usually cure your problem. Please remember to shut all power to AC, off at breaker panel before removing the cover on roof to avoid electrical shock.
if the tube is dripping only when you've run the AC then its just condensation being dripped out of the unit and is normal, the location of this would be someplace near the firewall, it shouldn't be anything but clear water, if you detect antifreeze or rusty looking water, then its probably the radiator o ver flow tube, that would be located to the side of the radiator
called the local
Canon printer repair facility, and a serviceman said that the black
line is caused by too much ink in the ink absorber device below the
paper path. He said to fix it requires disassembling part of the printer,
replacing the absorber foam, installing a longer tip for the excess
ink, and reassembling and testing the printer. I asked if this would be a
permanent fix. He said no, that the problem could reoccur as
the absorber foam would eventually fill up again. This was posted 2 years ago by Shadyman. The foam he is talking about is underneath the gray metallic strip that you see when you open the cover. I used strips of electrical tape to cover that area where the ink is being picked up. You can open the cove more by dislodging the piston on the right side. Needs two people, one to push the flaps apart and the other to pull the joint out. Cut a 4 inch long strip, than fold the tape on it self such that there is about 3/4 of sticky tape left. This will allow you to push that portion underneath the metal strip where the paper normally would go. Place it at the location where the black line is (on the Paper). This will create a barrier between the foam and the paper as it moves by. ( I just had to figure out how I can do that) Secure the tape by taping it on the the black bar, the one with the little fins on it. I was able to push the tape down a little gap between the black bar and where the white rollers are. Make sure that the tape lays as flat as possible on that bar. You may need to use two tape strips to cover the area.. I can also see my strips as I look from the outside at the **** where the paper comes out the printer onto the tray. I guess the the foam swells up and hits a roller, which than offset prints the ink onto the underside of the paper. Now I have no black line any more. I know it's a fix, not a repair, but it works so fare. Thanks to Shadyman for leading me in the right direction.
If anti-freeze is actually coming out of the drain tube then yes, you could very well have a bad heater core. You may also be able to smell antifreeze while inside the vehicle if it is leaking. [Its a kind of sickly sweet smell] If just clear water is dripping out then this is most likely from normal condensation that is collecting and dripping off of the air conditioning evaporator core as the air conditioner runs. This condensation collects in the heater, a/c housing then drips out of the same little drain. Water from normal condensation will evaporate off of cement or pavement pretty quickly but antifreeze takes quite a while to evaporate away and feels slimy to the touch. It doesn't take much of an antifreeze leak before the cooling system gets low on so make sure you don't run low on coolant which can cause the engine to overheat.
That sounds like the AC condensation drain tube/hose is plugged up.
The AC evaporator/core condensation drain tube is located on the passenger side of the fire-wall towards the bottom of the fire-wall, (it resembles a heater hose that is coming off from the fire-wall and it connects to nothing, and it is just to drain the AC condensation) and it is easily viewed from under the vehicle. Use long pipe cleaners folded in half to clean out the AC drain, and be very careful that the AC evaporator/core, or the heater core is not damaged from using any hard or sharp objects to clean out the AC drain.
The first place I would look is on the firewall from under the hood. Toward the passenger side, (I think) you should see a rubber nozzle coming out of the firewall. This is the condensor drain, and chances are of course, it's clogged up. You should be able to easily remove it. Upon doing so, the condensor should drain the collected water. Then, you'll have a good oportunity to clean the nozzle and put it back in.