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AC unit dripping water and won't cool

I have a 1992 AC unit. Turned it on for the first time yesterday and it never got below 81 degrees and ran all day. Also there was water dripping all around the outside part of the furnace/evaporator coil (the area above the blower motor and pilot light)

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The coil is likely froze up due to dirty evaporator plugged ,air filter or low on freon .Tom

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- Turn "on" the circuit breaker and start the unit, wait until the unit drips.
- When the unit dripped check the drain pan if overflowed with water.
- If the drain pan is full of water you need to flush the drainage with water to remove the restriction. If the pressure of water in your area is high you can use your garden hose to flush the drainage.

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YOU CAN LOCATE THE DRAINAGE AT THE LEFT OR RIGHT SIDE OF THE DRAIN PAN
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