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Hi, We have two Paragon split systems which effectively cool our large home. One system is playing up. It started 3 days ago where there is water dripping from the front of the unit and the green 'run' light is now flashing. I tend to think it's blocked somewhere, buy my husband cannot find where to check this. Our outdoor units are both under the house with very effective ventilation but the last 3 days have been extremely humid, however the other system is running perfectly. Any ideas? Thanks, Judith Jefferys

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More then likely the blockage is inside the a-coil section. At the drain. To get to it easier remove the pvc drain line. As the drain line comes out of the collection pan it goes into a pvc line the 90 degrees elbow goes to floor. So cut the line right before the elbow and unscrew the drain line from the a-coil. Be sure to have a towel to catch the water that will come out of unit as the blockage will be holding back a lot of water. Now sometimes the line isn't glued and would be able to just pull apart so try that first. Take the line and clean out with high pressure air out side cause it will get messy.

Now to do it like a pro would do it you would have to take the front cover off the a-coil. to gain access to the inside the unit. And remove any build up and blow from inside out.

If I was going to do it I would do both of these as to make sure line is totally clear.

Replace all line and fittings make sure you use teflon tape on the fitting that screws into the a-coil and glue that joint then when it goes to the 90 degree elbow don't have to glue. and if you need anymore help get back with me ok ken

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