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My Window unit A/C has started leaking at the bottom onto my window seal and hard wood floors. I have this A?C for about 5 years and this has never happened before?? Any Sugestions???

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What is the brand and model of your A/C? This can be cause by some rust and small opening on your A/C that will be better for your to do a complete clean and inspection on this unit to make sure no damage parts of the A/C is causing this..

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Condensation of water on the evaporator coils in the front of an air conditioner is normal. This water collects in a pan where it is evaporated. On a really humid day, you may notice some is dripping off the unit. A properly installed unit will be tipped slightly back to allow any excess water to drip out the back.

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