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Our a/c does not have a valve to let the accumulated water escape and it had started to drip inside the window frame. Is there a valve that I'm not seeing?

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There isn't a valve per say - it's usually nothing other than a hole in the back of the unit.

The idea is for the AC to have a slight slant (toward the outside) so that the condensate water can drain outside.'

Sometimes there will be a drain tube of some sort if the water needs to be diverted to a specific outside area - but in most cases the water just drains to the ground beneath the AC.

Sometimes the hole that the water drains out of - will clog up with debris, i.e. leaves or whatever - and you will need to rod it out with a screwdriver or something to ensure proper drainage.

hope this helps

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