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The unit is leaking a lot of water from the bottom. What should I do? I do not see a drip pan and am not using the dehumidifier. It is vented to the outside but vent is raised up and not even with the unit, if that matters? My carpet was getting drenched and was running on low or medium. What am I doing wrong?

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All air conditioning units remove moister from the air.Which is good,it helps the moister on your skin evaporate faster,and helps cool you down.If its a central heat/cooling unit it should have some form of drain pipe to carry this moister away from the unit.Usually a white pvc tubing. Sometimes these become clogged with dirt,or even believe it not algae.If there is no drain someone didn't do the job right.(clean the gunk out of the pipe,or replace the tubing). If your talking about a window unit the unit will drain out the back of the unit,but the air conditioner has to be tilted in such a way that any water inside the unit will flow toward the back of the unit. (simply lower the outside end of the unit a little lower than the side stuck in the window).I see you mentioned a vent so you are probably talking about a air handling unit in your home.The vent should just be for fresh air.If you have a very tight house an air handling unit will be designed to bring fresh air into the house(to keep your air fresh).That is usually its only function.There should also be a small drain pipe leaving the unit somewhere.Some modern units even have a back up drain if the first clogs,and maybe even a signal that tells you the first pipe is clogged.

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