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I can't figure out where to drain the water from on the Everstar Portable A/C unit, and don't know what tubes everyone else is talking about. Can someone walk me through this process from scratch? Thanks.

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  • paularobledo May 10, 2009

    Before I read your reply I finally figured out where the drain tube is located, and it certainly didn't look like that would have been a drain tube (so now I know I'm not an idiot, LOL). So I took the cap off of it and got a lot of water to come out just by taking it off, and I let it drain into a bucket. However, because I was tilting the unit, a lot of water also came from the bottom of the unit and onto my carpeting. But I still couldn't figure out where the drain pan was or how to empty it, and figured this has to be why it's "leaking" from underneath when I tilt the unit. So now I'll try taking off the front door as you've suggested and see if the drain pan is behind it and hopefully get this thing to start blowing the really cold air it used to. I also cleaned off the dusty areas behind the grates all the way around the unit, figuring this would help aid in the air flow, and it seemed to help a little bit (I have several dogs here, so that stuff piles on there pretty quickly). I just wanted to let you know what I've tried so far and say "thank you" for getting back to me at all, let alone so quickly, and for offering me free advice for what my problem is with this A/C unit. It seems nobody wants to give anything away for free anymore, even advice, so this has been a refreshing change of pace. If I can offer you any free assistance with any dog issues, please let me know (I did rescue for 8 years, and by osmosis have gathered a LOT of knowledge about them and their behaviors and such). Thanks again, and I'll let you know if your solution fixes my issue.

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The water bucket is usually located behind the front door. The door is usually held on by snaps or magnets and is hinged on the bottom or side. A hose from the condensate drain pan to the bucket carries the water. Try pulling on the top of the bottom door or each side. It may be a bit tough,but don't pull so hard that it may break. If it is not there, consult the owner's manual. When the bucket fills a switch will turn the cooling off. Ron

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  • Ronald Walden
    Ronald Walden May 10, 2009

    I rented and sold commercial grade portable a/c's for about 2 years and they either had a bucket or a pump for the water to drain into. I'm not familiar with your model but if it doesn't have a bucket I guess they assume you're supposed to provide the bucket (odd). As for the dog hair - simple solution: clean the coil very well, measure the size of the coil and tape a CHEAP BLUE fiberglass filter over the coil. DON'T use use a high performance pleated filter as it will overly restrict the air flow to the coil. When the filter is starting to get filled, either put on anther one or simply take the filter outside and shake it as necessary to get it reasonably clean and put it back on. I wish you had experience with cats as I have a 4 year old that since I moved back to Orlando he has started losing his beautiful fur. I've tried the Advantage, BioSpot Dip, cleaned the ears - still losing fur. :( One way you can help me it to rate my answer by clicking on the little books at the top right. Good luck! Ron

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