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Hi bbhp.
I think your A/C drain is plugged up. If this drains outside, you could try backflushing it, carefully, with a garden hose.
If it doesn't, you may have to blow it out with air pressure.
Also, pouring about a cup of bleach or ammonia down the drain every month prevents this from happening.

However, if this is a very old unit, the drain pan itself may be rusted through, hope not.

Greg.

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