Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 06-21-2016, 07:35 PM   #1
1 Rivet Member
 
2009 27' FB International
Indianapolis , Indiana
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 15
Air conditioner is dripping

My Dometic air conditioner started dripping last trip when on. I have an 09 INTL 27FB. I think there is a drain hose for condensation from the unit somewhere hidden through the interior that then drips out the bottom of the trailer. My guess is somehow that is plugged. Has anybody else experienced this issue?
__________________

amckibbe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-21-2016, 07:36 PM   #2
Rivet Master
 
FCStreamer's Avatar
 
2014 30' Flying Cloud
Tampa , Florida
Join Date: May 2016
Posts: 1,364
Blog Entries: 1
Yes. Both my ACs dripped. A tech came out and found kinks in the drain lines. Straightened those out, no more dripping.
__________________

__________________
2014 Airstream Flying Cloud 30 Recliner - WBCCI #4850 - AIR #110821
2018 Nissan Armada SL Tow Vehicle, Equal-i-zer Hitch
Visit Our Flying Cloud blog for my latest adventure!
FCStreamer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-21-2016, 07:56 PM   #3
Rivet Master
 
airdreamers's Avatar
 
2008 27' International FB
Venice , Florida
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 661
Images: 14
There are many threads on this subject. Blocked or kinked drain hose yes is a culprit. Also a crack in the drain pan. In my case there was a leak in the union connection from the pan to the hose. It is a pressed piece of metal pipe that the hose is clamped on to. Access is sometimes possible by removing the inner AC housing to see the drainage pan etc. Another cause of a minor nature is, if there is an excessive amount of humidity in the trailer. There then will be condensation on various metal parts of the unit that will tend to drip from the unit. Condensation will be caused by an open window, vent or door. Good luck in finding the cause.
__________________
Bill and Janice, We're lovin' it! (Airstreaming)

Airdreamers

WBCCI #8880
AIR #41310
airdreamers is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-2016, 01:22 PM   #4
4 Rivet Member
 
la nomade's Avatar
 
2018 22' Sport
Currently Looking...
stanfordville , New York
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 268
Images: 7
mine did the same thing....had eventually to remove the pan that was full of cracks and coated it with fiberglass...no problem since...but it took some doing..removing the unit etc...good luck
la nomade is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-2016, 01:33 PM   #5
Rivet Master
 
FCStreamer's Avatar
 
2014 30' Flying Cloud
Tampa , Florida
Join Date: May 2016
Posts: 1,364
Blog Entries: 1
I have since found that my ACs drain only when the fan is off. When the fan is on, there appears to be some sort of resistance of vacuum being formed that prevents the ACs from draining.

So if I set the fan to Auto, the ACs work fine, but if I set the fan to HI/Med/Lo, and don't turn them off, the pan fills and they start leaking inside my AS after 3-4 hours of continuous operation.

Sigh.
__________________
2014 Airstream Flying Cloud 30 Recliner - WBCCI #4850 - AIR #110821
2018 Nissan Armada SL Tow Vehicle, Equal-i-zer Hitch
Visit Our Flying Cloud blog for my latest adventure!
FCStreamer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-2016, 01:42 PM   #6
Rivet Master
 
2005 30' Classic
Burlington , Ontario
Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 2,743
I had a bad condensate leak dripping inside the trailer also.

In my case it was due to crack around the end of the plastic condensate tray where the drain hose pipe fitting is installed.

I fixed it up a few years ago just by "gooping it up" with sealant. That lasted a couple of seasons but the leak started again last year.

This time, I tried to do a slightly more thorough repair - still was able to do it working from inside the trailer and without having to remove the air conditioner.

I made an aluminum reinforcing plate to strengthen the end of the condensate tray where the draintube fitting is installed - I made it with a suitable sized hole for the fitting to go through.

I found a "JB Weld" epoxy product that specifically said it was OK for plastics including ABS and PVC, and I used this to bond the aluminum plate and hose fitting to the end of the tray.

Then as an added precaution, I covered the repair area with several coats of a commercial grade flexible sealant - called E6000 I think.

It seems to have done a good job - fingers crossed.

I think I read someplace that this is a common problem and that there is a redesigned drip tray arrangement now available, but I believe the AC unit may need to be removed to install it - I'd rather not get into that! I think if I had to go to that extent, I would buy a new AC!

Brian.
Wingeezer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-2016, 02:22 PM   #7
Rivet Master
 
crispyboy's Avatar
 
1994 30' Excella
alexandria , Kentucky
Join Date: Aug 2004
Posts: 1,939
Images: 3
Our ceiling dripped badly on one trip and I found the end of the condensate hose clogged with a mud dauber nest. I poked a wire up the hose and a half gallon of water drained out.
__________________
Steve, Christy, Anna and Phoebe (Border Collie)
1994 Classic 30'11" Excella - rear twin
2009 Dodge 2500, 6 Speed Auto, CTD, Quad Cab, Short Bed
Hensley Arrow hitch with adjustable stinger
WBCCI # 3072
crispyboy is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-2016, 02:36 PM   #8
Rivet Master
 
dznf0g's Avatar
 
2007 30' Classic
Oswego , Illinois
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 10,279
Images: 5
Quote:
Originally Posted by la nomade View Post
mine did the same thing....had eventually to remove the pan that was full of cracks and coated it with fiberglass...no problem since...but it took some doing..removing the unit etc...good luck
Ditto, except I used JB weld. No leas since on any fan speed.
__________________
-Rich-

"If the women don't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy." - Red Green
dznf0g is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-2016, 03:41 PM   #9
4 Rivet Member
 
Cochese's Avatar
 
1965 26' Overlander
Tulsa , Oklahoma
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 371
I also have condensation that occasionally drips inside the trailer( no drain lines... Just drains down the side of trailer). I have a Dometic penguin, any ideas why?
Cochese is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-03-2018, 10:26 AM   #10
1 Rivet Member
 
2016 25' Flying Cloud
Cedar Park , Texas
Join Date: Aug 2018
Posts: 11
where is the condensation hose located and what kind of wire did you use?

Thanks
brendakerry is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-2018, 04:53 PM   #11
3 Rivet Member
 
ghatfield's Avatar
 
2006 19' Safari SE
2003 25' Classic
Anacortes , Washington
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 158
Images: 1
Wire puller works well to clean out drain hose

I have had the same problem with our Bambi and today I removed the ADB (air distribution box) from the inside of the AC unit (11,000 BTU Penguin) and dropped the remaining interior parts of the AC so I could inspect the condensation drain system. My 2006 Bambi is equipped with an Airstream drip pan which catches condensation and routes it to the hose. I found numerous cracks in the condensation pan were it attaches to the hose and it will have to be replaced. This involves removing the exterior of the AC unit. A really great thread on this topic can be found here: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f44/...it-104778.html I will probably use the newer Dometic system that uses two "cups" to catch condensation.

I also checked the patency of the drain hose by inserting a wire puller similar to the one shown below. I used the small end and it was easy to pass it up from the wheel well to where it enters the AC unit.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	wire puller.JPG
Views:	46
Size:	20.3 KB
ID:	324426   Click image for larger version

Name:	drip pan is cracked.jpg
Views:	73
Size:	445.0 KB
ID:	324427  

__________________

ghatfield is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-11-2019, 11:18 PM   #12
2 Rivet Member
 
2008 27' International FB
Oklahoma City , Oklahoma
Join Date: Oct 2013
Posts: 31
I found cracks in my drip pan for the condensation also. I used a coat of JB plastic Weld. Did one coat and let it dry. Did another coat and put plastic mesh used for drywall in the JB Weld. One additional coat to get the mesh completely saturated with the JB weld. Just finished this so I can't say for sure if it is going to work or not but I am hopeful. Really don't want to remove the AC to replace the pan.
__________________

Americal is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Water dripping from heat pump Loren Furnaces, Heaters, Fireplaces & Air Conditioning 5 10-27-2015 10:02 PM
AC Unit dripping condensate Rosie39j Furnaces, Heaters, Fireplaces & Air Conditioning 3 06-19-2006 06:44 AM
air conditioner air flow problem strawberryjo Furnaces, Heaters, Fireplaces & Air Conditioning 0 06-05-2006 10:43 AM
A/C dripping Zoltan Furnaces, Heaters, Fireplaces & Air Conditioning 8 08-04-2005 10:03 PM
Penguin A/C dripping inside Janssvt Furnaces, Heaters, Fireplaces & Air Conditioning 1 09-25-2004 08:22 PM


Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by the Airstream, Inc. or any of its affiliates. Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:53 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.