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Is there a drainage plug or hose on the air conditioner? It's leaking.

Air conditioner is leaking - I keep hearing about the drainage plug or hose.....is there one I can look at? Where is it? (Remember, I'm not a Mr. Fixya.......I'm a Mrs. Baker). Thanks. deejmcc

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  • deejmcc Jul 07, 2008

    Thanks. I haven't seen a black plug. BUT I do see two metal type plugs. I may have to cut them or knocked them out and get a black plug to assist in the drainage process. deejmcc

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To increase the efficiency of the air conditioner's cooling to meet US energy requirements, most manufacturers eliminated the traditional drain plug. Instead, they switched to a design that used the extracted moisture from the room to help evaporatively cool the condenser.

To do this, the traditional fan blade was replaced with a 'sling blade' which was a fan blade with a rim or ring around it. The drain plug or drain hole in the bottom of the pan was eliminated and replaced with overflow notches in the back edge. Along with a solid piece drain pan, this provided a pool of water for the edge of the sling blade to dip into and pick up water to 'sling' or spray around the compartment to create evaporative cooling. The overflow notches established the maximum depth of the water pool and are also the lowest place when installed properly.

Although this is more efficient, this has caused 2 problems: increased noise as the water is slung around and water spray from the side air vents.

Persons have drilled holes through the pan or back edge as drains. This is not recommended as it negatively effects the colling ability of the unit and could lead to a voided warranty or premature failure.

Instead, insure that there is adequate pitch with the installation and make sure the overflow notches are kept clear.

If you 'need' a drain hose, my suggestion would be to drill into drain pan's back edge or the rear potions of the sides. The hole should be at the same level as the overflow notches. Once the drain hose is installed, block/cover the overflow notches to redirect the excess water to the drain hose instead.

Posted on Jan 14, 2009

If this is a window unit go outside and look under the bottom of the unit toward the back and if you see a black plog remove it. There could also be some slots cut into the back of the bottom along the back edge which are clogged up.
The unit must be installed with the outer caseing leaning slifgtly downward so water will towards the back of unit and out either through a removed black plug or slots cut into bottom of housing.

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