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Old 08-03-2011, 09:09 PM   #1
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Air Conditioner drip

My air conditioner is dripping water on the floor! I took the filter out and put my finger up over the lip and the cover was full of water. Why is this not draining?
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Old 08-03-2011, 09:21 PM   #2
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Probably because your drain tube outside is plugged up. Go outside to the streetside of your rig and see if you see water dripping. If not, locate the drain tube and stick piece of coat hanger up the tube and free the blockage. Could be algae or a mud dauber wasp blocking it.

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I carry a small piece of plastic tubing which fits in the drain hose in wheel well. I can blow in it and confirm the drain is open.

Otherwise be sure your trailer is level, not tipped away from the drain tube side. Don't operate the AC extensively with doors/windows open in humid conditions. Even normal operating AC can drip under these circumstances.
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Old 08-04-2011, 09:20 AM   #4
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Thank you

Going out now to see if I can locate the drain hose! Small plastic hose in hand to try your trick! Thank you
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Old 08-04-2011, 09:31 AM   #5
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Ok, I know this is likely stupid but I cannot find the drain hose. Can someone give some references where it comes out.
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Mine has done this from time to time. Now as a preventative measure, when I am heading on the rare trip (we generally camp in wooded SPs with no hookups) where I will use AC, I blow some air at moderate pressure (20-30 lbs.) up the tube and it keeps things freed up. On my trailer it seems that you can't get to the drip pan drain (where I think it gets clogged) very well from up on the roof, the condenser is (understandably) in the way. Guess I am stuck with using air pressure, vs actually cleaning out the pan.
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Found it

Under the wheel well!!
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Old 08-04-2011, 03:58 PM   #8
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On my trailer it seems that you can't get to the drip pan drain (where I think it gets clogged) very well from up on the roof, the condenser is (understandably) in the way. Guess I am stuck with using air pressure, vs actually cleaning out the pan.
You can't really clean out the pan, but you can get to where the drip tube attaches to the pan on some ACs by just removing the filter on the road side and on all by removing the inside shroud.

On my former 22 International, some ham handed Airstream assembler cracked the fitting where it entered the drip pan while jamming the drip tube on the fitting. It is a major job to replace the pan, but I was able to use "Marine Goop" to make a repair that held quite well.
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My solution to clogged drip tubes

I do some paint spraying. I noticed that the filters that slip on the suction tube in my spray gun tank could be used to keep bugs out of the AC drip tube. I used two of the plastic paint gun filters, one for the AC drip tube and one for the refrigerator drip tube. I had to use a knife to open up the holes in the top of the filters a bit to slip on to the rubber drip tubes without crimping them closed. About once every two years, I remove the filters and flush out accumulated dirt. I have never had a clog since using the filters.

I bought my filters at Sears in the tool area. HD, Lowes, or any place that sells paint guns may stock the filters.
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I use a straightened coat hanger to remove mud dauber and other stuff once a year. They always seemed to find a way to build a nest during the fall and early spring before the AC is used full time.
I run the coathanger up into the drip hose from the bottom of the banana wrap on mine. It's amazing what comes out sometimes.
Nests can restrict consistent flow on drip lines
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I use a straightened coat hanger to remove mud dauber and other stuff once a year. They always seemed to find a way to build a nest during the fall and early spring before the AC is used full time.
I run the coathanger up into the drip hose from the bottom of the banana wrap on mine. It's amazing what comes out sometimes.
Nests can restrict consistent flow on drip lines
Before I put on the filters, I used a length of 1/8" steel cable to run up the tubes. It is nice and flexible and the cut ends chop away any crud.
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Thanks for all the great ideas!`

I am going to Lowes to get the paint filters today. Now I am dripless again!
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We don't have a bambi but we do have a 2005 model. It has a penguin ac unit. It is dripping water from the fitting where the condensate line attaches. The plastic fitting screws into the condensate pan. Like another post, there was caulk on the fitting and I presumed the PO or a repair shop had patched the leak and now the patch was failing. But based on the attached pictures of the drain pan available from Out of Doors Mart, it appears that there was always caulk applied to seal that fitting both inside and out. From what I can tell you cannot get to the inside without removing the ac unit. Is this correct? So far my additional patches have not been successful. I feel like I have to get at it from the inside.

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Mine initially leaked on my 2003 International 22. The spout on the pan was fractured during assembly at Airstream. I successfully used Marine Gunk to seal it by reaching up through where the filter mounts and applying the Gunk all around the fitting with a tongue depressor. I just pressed gobs of Gunk into place.
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