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Why isn't there drain holes in bottom of window air conditioner? I drilled a hole for water to drain. Is there a problem with this?

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It shouldn't be a problem if you drilled the hole near the rear, outer edge of the drip pan and didn't accidentally pierce any of the mechanical above it. Also, be sure the rear of the unit is tilted down at least 1/4" to 1/2", so water will flow to it. Check the drain hole periodically, as they will become clogged over time.

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