Hello, I have had a GE split air conditioner for about 6 years. The unit has started to leak water in the last 3 summers. The drain seems to be clear. I also have a problem in that the unit does not rest against the wall (flush) The install was by the book but we couldn't seem to get it "tight". Seems like there is not enough room for all the piping and "padding " in the channel. Could this be causing the water not to go into the pan properly? If so, how can I getthis unit to hang flush. thanks, Randy
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Typically on a mini split the outdoor unit is powered and the indoor unit gets its power from the outdoor unit. If the unit is a year old you might have lost your charge. Look at the connections at the indoor unit and outdoor unit. You will typically see oil or a dirty area on your copper were there is a leak.
If the unit is on heat mode, the outside unit is the "cold" end... Sometimes if the ambient air temperature is very cold ( Under 5 degrees C), the outdoor unit can start to ice up. If it ices up too much, the air con will automatically go on to a defrost cycle where the outdoor unit will heat up and melt the ice. Water is then drained out the bottom.. its the opposite of what happens in the summer when the indoor unit has water running out of the drain hose. Especially on humid days..
The leakage is probably from condensation and there should be some sort of drain for it. You should check to see if it is clogged or partially clogged. Also since you say it does it when it hasn't operated for a while you may want to check out where the lines pass through the wall and make sure that it is sealed up there so you don't get leakage from out side.
Usually an AC unit builds up condensation. If you have a drain hoole or hose that is clogged up therefore not allowing the build up to drain off it will spill over the top of whatever housing the condensation goes into. If you can look for that issue first.
first check to make sure that the indoor unit is very slightly off level sloped to the drain area also turn off power and inspect the indoor coil with a flash light to make sure all the fin area is open the drain pan has two possible drain connections if they are both hooked up then the primary "lowest"
could be stoped up a blast of water or air to the drain line should clear out slime also make sure their is a trap in the drain line or the water will only drain dwhen unit is off hope this solves your problem thanks