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Leak repair Samsung window air conditioner

Model AW08ECB7 Samsung air conditioner. In attempting to drill a hole in the frame to allow the water to drain, I punctured the refrigerant line and all the coolant blew out. Can it be repair or do I have an eighty pound paper weight now? John Dowsing [email protected]

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You will have to repair the hole pull avaccum and refill with refrigerant

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Modern window units intentionally do not allow the water to drain directly, they want the fan blade to sling the water on to the condensor (the coil that is outside) to aid in cooling actually helps the unit cool better in high outside temps, it also evaporates it this way, depending on where the hole was drilled it may be able to be repaired, if it was just a copper tube it will be less expensive than replacing the whole coil. Since its a relative inexpensive unit anyway the labor and freon may be more than its worth. Lesson learned dont drill a hole in the base it lowers it's efficiency and can lead to a punctured freon line.

Posted on Sep 29, 2007

  • Sam Smith Aug 15, 2011

    Having used window units most of my life, this was a surprise to me--the old ones always drip, drip, dripped to the ground below, passively watering the weeds beneath. ;) When I noticed this unit slinging water, I was concerned I had installed it incorrectly. Thanks for inadvertently assuring me that was not the case!

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    bdp222 Aug 31, 2012

    Okay, Well for whatever reason the water is not being slug, or there is too much water to be slung or it isn't evaporating. I had considered drilling the hole like the other gentleman did, but I'm glad I didn't. How do I fix the slinging mechanism? You're saying the bottom of the fan dips into the condensation reservoir and should be wet? My fan blade is never wet..

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