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AC accumulating water, not draining properly????

Was purchased used and cools GREAT, BUT water accumulates in the bottom. The fan hits it and sprays water out with the cold air. I have removed the dead frog and cleaned the filter. I can't seem to find the drain. Repairmen have said it shouldn't hurt anything except it may grow mold (not good) and the cost of repair would exceed the value. Does anyone know how I can get to the drain, easily? or not easily? I'll take any help I can get.

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  • marthabasket Jun 17, 2009

    This is a Goldstar WG5005 window air conditioner

  • marthabasket Jun 17, 2009

    Thank you for your suggestions. There is NOT a drain hole anywhere on the unit. I took the unit out of the window and tilted it in every direction possible, except upside down, and could not get all of the accumulated water out. I had to use rags to dry it out. There has to be some kind of drain that is plugged up. Right????

  • seth veloso May 11, 2010

    hey there, this should be a fairly easy fix. First I need to know exactly what kind of unit you have, it sounds like a window unit, is that correct. Or is it a whole house air handler

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For some reason, newer AC window units no longer are made with a fluid drain. I think the intent is for the unit to be mounted at a sufficient angle (it MUST be angled back so the fluid drains toward the back of the unit) that the rear (outside) fan kicks the water over the condenser coil and gets rid of it that way, it also increases cooling ability slightly in this manner by misting the condenser coil. I would suggest increasing the angle of the back tilt by adding a 2x4 maybe under the unit to allow it to tilt? Alternately, you can drill a hole in the rear corner of the unit to drain fluid, but this is not recommended for several reasons...

1) It will usually cause rust to start at the drill hole.
2) you could accidentally puncture the coil system while drilling
3) the manufacturer did not make a hole, because one was not intended.

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Ok usually there is a hole in the bottom of the unit in the portion that hangs outside. There may be an obstruction in and around the hole. The easiest way is to stick something into the hole. The best way is to take the unit apart and clean the bottom pan. Usually the unit will,slide out of the cabinet in towards the house. This will give you access to the pan. Let me know if this helps or not.

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  • seth veloso Jun 17, 2009

    Wow, no drain is weird. I am sorry, I can't really think of any other suggestions for ya. Here is the tech support number for goldstar, it has to be a simple fix. Let me know if there is any other way I can help after you talk to them. Good Luck
    Tel: (800) 243-0000


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