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Leaking aircon I have a carrier air con which is leaking into the room. It is 13+ years old. It has a 10 amp line but adequately cools a 31 square metre room. I am happy to replace it but do not know what btu it is. How can I find out.

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  • jc169363 Feb 08, 2008

    Alternatively anyone have any ideas how to stop the leak which floods the room each time it is used. It does not have a drain in the back.

  • cristiansara Feb 28, 2009

    we have a carrier aircon too.  it was given to us second hand and was only 5 years old when we got it, its only been giving us grief the last few days, we have been having a really really humid spell and changed it over to the humid setting, then viola! water dripping all over the new carpet! joy!
    we dont have a manual, but the unit is high on the wall and the outer unit is outside on the ground.  help! id rather be spending money on fixing my fence than this damn airconditioner.

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THERE IS A TUBE OR CHANEL FROM THE FRONT EVAPORATOR DRAIN PAN THAT RUNS TO THE BACK OF THE UNIT INTO THE CONDENSER PAN. IT IS ALWAYS ADVISABLE TO THOUROUGH LY CLEAN ALL COILS, AND DRAIN PANS AND DRAIN LINES ANUALLY. IF THAT TUBE OR CHANEL WAY GETS PLUGGED IT WILL CONSTANTLY DRIP IN THE COOL MODE.,

IF YOUR A/C IS 110V MOST ALL ARE ABOUT 5,000 - 7,000 BTU''S ALL SHOULD RUN ON A SEPERATE CIRCUIT OR NOT HAVE ANYTHING ELES PLUGED IN ON THAT CIRCUIT.

MOST ALL WINDOW UNITS HAVE THE BTU'S RATING ON THE TAG INSIDE THE UNIT. THESE SMALL UNITS REQUIRE COMPLETE REMOVAL FROM THE WINDOW OR WALL FOR CLEANING. ONLY LARGER UNITS 10,000 AND ABOVE SLIDE OUT OF THE CABINENT FROM THE FRONT.

90% OF A/C I HAVE REPAIRED IN 40+ YEARS WERE DUE TO PLUGGED DRAIN LINES A DIRTY COILS. THEY MUST BE ALL CLEAN BEFORE I COULD START TO DIAGNOSE ANY PROBLEM BECAUSE THE PRESSURES VARY IF THE COILS ARE RESTRICTED WITH DIRT, ETC.

Posted on Feb 08, 2008

Ther is no drtain in the back !!! The water that drains to the back drains into a pan below the condenser coil wher the "Slinger-Ring" around the rear fan blade picks up the water and sprays it on the hot coil outside to help cool-it down.

Posted on Feb 09, 2008

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