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FAC107P1A Not cooling. Drilled drain hole

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DRILLED INTO COOLANT LINE WILL NEED TO FIX AND RECHARGE

Posted on Apr 22, 2014

Testimonial: "We had a guy come out and he used 15% sauder & he also installed a Schrader valve. He filled it with the required amount (I hope) of Freon and vacummed it. We blocked the drain holes created as this unit isn't suppose to have drain holes. Now, the unit is still blowing warmish air but then it will blow cold air if I put it on fan for a few minutes and then back to cool, it blows pretty cool air. Weird.. not sure what's up now. Thanks for you help!"

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I've repaired a lot of window units because someone has drilled a hole in the pan, to drain water, and hit the coil. Please do not drill any holes in anything! These units utilize condensate water to help reject the heat in the outdoor coil. If water is reaching the outdoor fan, it either does not have the proper "lean" or slope, or it's designed to allow water to reach the fan, and not much you can do. If it is designed to allow water to cool the outdoor coil, and you were to drain that water so that no condensate water cools the outdoor coil, this will allow the unit to operate with an excessive outdoor coil temp, and shorten the life of the compressor, or cause the unit to operate poorly/warm supply air temp. Try to give it just a little more "lean". Hope this helps!
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By all means. That water should not really be collecting there - it can eventually overflow and wind up in the room being cooled. And if you want to be fancy you can insert into the hole some clear tubing you get from Home Depot with an OD a tad larger than the hole you drilled and direct the flow of evaporator water via gravity to where ever.
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Your ONLY option-- is completely remove as much as necessary,
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Tip it outward so the concensate will tend to overflow outside. Be careful you dont drop it.

Typically, window AC will collect the water in a tray to help cool the bottom ocondenser and rely oin evaporation to get rid of the water. Sometimes, during high humidity, it doesn't evaporate quickly enough and will spill out of the pan.

You could drill a hole in the pan outside ... whicl will drain the water ... but reduce the efficciency.

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