I have a recently installed('07) Goodman outside condenser that always seems to have a puddle of excess water under it, around the base, and on top of the slab it sits on. I worried about eventual rusting. It does seem to have gotten progressively worse through the Florida summer to the point of algae growth on to top the slab in the sitting water. It has also been very loud since day one, I had the installation company out twice to complain about the noise and they claimed it was normal for a Goodman. They installed a compressor blanket but it is still annoyingly loud. It starts up fairly quiet but get's progressivly louder with time. I have compared both the moisture and noise level to every other unit I see and none compare in either catagory. Any ideas??? Thank you.....J.P>
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Well...they are kinda the same. The condenser is where the refrigerant is condensed from a gas to a liquid. When in AC mode this happens outside at the AC unit. (You ever put your hand over a running AC unit in the summer? Feels warm!). When in Heat Pump mode the process is reversed. Instead of condensing the gas to liquid outside (which creates heat) the condensing happens inside and helps warm the building up (with the help of the fan of course). So essential the condenser is where the gas is condensed into a liquid, which creates heat. A heat pump can reverse the direction of the flow and cause this condensing to happen either outside or inside.
This is a very watered down version of what happens but I hope this is sufficient for what you are asking.
There shouldn't be a reset switch. The only units I've ever seen or heard of having a reset switch were old Rheem condenser, they had a high pressure switch that you could reset by pressing a red plastic button, but even Rheems no longer have them and I've never heard of Goodman using them.
What problem are you having with your A/C system? And why are you looking for a reset for it? Please repost your question and give us a bit more info so that we may help you with your probelm.
your unit shouldnt flood your yard .. now check your unit to see where your drain from your unit ( inside)is going .. if that is going outside where your unit is then there is where your water is coming from..
Newer models of window AC's use either a flailing fan to spin the condensate out the sides of the AC (outside the window) or the heat of unit and outside air will evaporate the condensate.
Either way, any excess will spill over the back edge, hence the reason that manufacturer's recommend that the AC be installed with the rear of the unit slightly tilted down to prevent excessive condensate (water) from building up and/or coming inside the front of the unit.
As to the icing, it could be that the unit is undersized for the space you are trying to cool and can't keep up and is running all the time in an attempt to cool the air down in the room you have it installed in. Try letting the unit "defrost" by shutting it off for awhile (until the ice melts) and then keep the shades pulled and the door closed once you restart it. I also tell people to give the AC a chance to adjust by setting the cooling temp to around 10 cooler than the present temperature of the room.
It's really hard to completely cool down a hot room all at once, so unless you're willing to let the unit cool it down in stages, it might not be able to ever get a 90 degree room down to 65 degrees in one day, if ever. Give it a try and see what happens, otherwise, you might need a larger rated BTU unit to get the cooling you desire.
Is the condenser fan (outside) turning? You mention that it's hot but don't say if it's turning or not.
These fan motors normally run pretty hot, but not so much that they shut down due to internal thermal overload protectors.
Both the compressor and the fan have termperature overload protectors to keep them from burning out the motor in the event of an overheated condition. The condenser fan must be running or high freon pressure will put an excessive load on the compressor and it will 'kick out' the high-temp overload protector.
Turn off the unit by pulling the outside disconnect (in a small box near the outside compressor unit) or flip the AC breakers in the breaker box. Wait about 30 minutes for the unit to cool off and turn it back on. If the compressor and fan both run for awhile then kick back off, or the fan motor seems to be working under excessive strain, you've probably got a bad motor start condenser (inside the unit) that little round can that is connected through the fan motor wiring. If it's swollen or leaking, it's almost surely defective and even if it's not, excessive load on the motor is a classic sign of a bad start condenser.
You can usually find these at electrical supply stores, well-stocked hardware stores, or most certainly at an HVAC parts house. Be sure to replace the old one with one of the EXACT same value (in voltage and Microfarads (mF) capacity. The shape may be a little different, but as long as the electrical characteristics are the same and is rated at the same or higher voltage than the original, it will work.
Connect the new condenser, mount it to the frame, and restart the unit. This should take care of the problem.
The evaporator is probably not excessively condensing in as much as the amount of condensate is directly proportional to the amount of humidity in the air. It sounds like the problem is more likely the primary drain is restricted by algae; if this is the case I suggest pouring a cup of bleach in the primary drain and see if that clears the primary drain. Note: the secondary is just that it is designed to keep the water from overflowing into the house. Hope this helps!
I suppose that the water is coming from the unit where the blower motor is. Condensation is created by the evaporator coil while its running and is suppose to drain into a pan under it and through a pipe to the outside. This pipe could be stopped up. The easiest way to fix that is to blow air through the pipe from the outside. It probably comes out close to the outside unit. It could be that your inside filter is dirty causing reduced air flow and making the evaporator freeze too. Change the filter. That may help. There are other steps that you could take if these don't help. Contact me by email if you need to. Cant run over there because I'm in Missouri but may be able to help in a chat room. firstname.lastname@example.org