Water in AC condensate pan does not drain (drain not clogged)

Discussion in 'HVAC' started by wilcoj@hotmail.com, Jul 7, 2006.

  1. Guest

    I live in an apartment and the AC they have installed has a condensate
    pan below the coils that drip from condensation. The drain for the pan
    is located on the side of the pan towards the bottom but there is a
    slight lip allowing about 1/6" of water to remain in the pan without
    draining. I have been told by the maintenance people that this is
    normal and to be expected, however I am beginning to smell mildew and
    the insulation on the inside of the unit is filthy.

    Can someone please let me know how I should proceed with this
    situation? I really need an expert's opinion.

    Thanks
    , Jul 7, 2006
    #1
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  2. Guest

    If the drain is working then it is normal. Pour a little bleach into
    the drain pan every now and then to kill microbes etc. That should
    take care of the problem.


    wrote:
    > I live in an apartment and the AC they have installed has a condensate
    > pan below the coils that drip from condensation. The drain for the pan
    > is located on the side of the pan towards the bottom but there is a
    > slight lip allowing about 1/6" of water to remain in the pan without
    > draining. I have been told by the maintenance people that this is
    > normal and to be expected, however I am beginning to smell mildew and
    > the insulation on the inside of the unit is filthy.
    >
    > Can someone please let me know how I should proceed with this
    > situation? I really need an expert's opinion.
    >
    > Thanks
    , Jul 7, 2006
    #2
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  3. Answer B is correct. The condensate is (supposed to) evaporate off the
    condensor, and carry away more heat.

    --

    Christopher A. Young
    You can't shout down a troll.
    You have to starve them.
    ..

    "Dave M." <> wrote in message
    news:Xns97F99B0998454DaveM@216.196.97.131...
    wrote in news:1152286803.229811.87100@
    75g2000cwc.googlegroups.com:

    > I live in an apartment and the AC they have installed has a

    condensate
    > pan below the coils that drip from condensation. The drain for the

    pan
    > is located on the side of the pan towards the bottom but there is a
    > slight lip allowing about 1/6" of water to remain in the pan without
    > draining. I have been told by the maintenance people that this is
    > normal and to be expected, however I am beginning to smell mildew

    and
    > the insulation on the inside of the unit is filthy.
    >
    > Can someone please let me know how I should proceed with this
    > situation? I really need an expert's opinion.
    >
    > Thanks
    >


    If you have a window unit, many collect water under the edge of the
    condensor cooling fan. The spinning fan agitates the water and blows
    it
    through the condensor coil and out the back of the unit. I got tired
    of the
    noise from the swishing water in my A/C and drilled a hole in the
    bottom of
    the pan under the fan to dain the water.

    I guess the purpose of the water spray is to prevent dripping under
    the
    unit and/or further cooling of the condensor.

    Dave M.
    Stormin Mormon, Jul 8, 2006
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  4. "Stormin Mormon" <cayoung61-&spamblock*> wrote in message
    news:NqCrg.46107$...

    >
    > The condensate is (supposed to) evaporate off the
    > condensor, and carry away more heat.
    >


    WRONG !!!

    Some of the condensate is sposed to just sit there and collect spores so
    that mold can form.

    --

    SVL
    PrecisionMachinisT, Jul 8, 2006
    #4
  5. That must be the Legionaire's model of AC?

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    Christopher A. Young
    You can't shout down a troll.
    You have to starve them.
    ..

    "PrecisionMachinisT" <> wrote in message
    news:e8mtgv$1dhc$...

    "Stormin Mormon" <cayoung61-&spamblock*> wrote in message
    news:NqCrg.46107$...

    >
    > The condensate is (supposed to) evaporate off the
    > condensor, and carry away more heat.
    >


    WRONG !!!

    Some of the condensate is sposed to just sit there and collect spores
    so
    that mold can form.

    --

    SVL
    Stormin Mormon, Jul 8, 2006
    #5
  6. Guest

    wrote:

    >I live in an apartment and the AC they have installed has a condensate
    >pan below the coils that drip from condensation. The drain for the pan
    >is located on the side of the pan towards the bottom but there is a
    >slight lip allowing about 1/6" of water to remain in the pan without
    >draining. I have been told by the maintenance people that this is
    >normal and to be expected, however I am beginning to smell mildew and
    >the insulation on the inside of the unit is filthy.
    >
    >Can someone please let me know how I should proceed with this
    >situation? I really need an expert's opinion.
    >
    >Thanks


    your system was installed by morons. tell them to come back and
    re-level your ac unit so that the unit slopes towards the drain such
    that ALL the water drains from the drain pan.

    Have your attorney threaten the installing contractor with Mold
    Litigation if necessary to get corrective action. A few digital
    pictures really helps.
    , Jul 8, 2006
    #6
  7. B-Hate-Me Guest

    <.p.jm@see_my_sig_for_address.com> wrote in message
    news:...
    >>I got tired of the
    >>noise from the swishing water in my A/C and drilled a hole in the bottom
    >>of
    >>the pan under the fan to dain the water.
    >>
    >> I guess the purpose of the water spray is to prevent dripping under the
    >>unit and/or further cooling of the condensor.
    >>
    >>Dave M.

    >
    > Seeing as you don't even understand the question, don't try to
    > answer it.


    Ya but how the hell's he gonna dain the water?
    B-Hate-Me, Jul 8, 2006
    #7
  8. Bubba Guest

    On Sat, 08 Jul 2006 14:47:11 GMT, wrote:

    > wrote:
    >
    >>I live in an apartment and the AC they have installed has a condensate
    >>pan below the coils that drip from condensation. The drain for the pan
    >>is located on the side of the pan towards the bottom but there is a
    >>slight lip allowing about 1/6" of water to remain in the pan without
    >>draining. I have been told by the maintenance people that this is
    >>normal and to be expected, however I am beginning to smell mildew and
    >>the insulation on the inside of the unit is filthy.
    >>
    >>Can someone please let me know how I should proceed with this
    >>situation? I really need an expert's opinion.
    >>
    >>Thanks

    >
    >your system was installed by morons. tell them to come back and
    >re-level your ac unit so that the unit slopes towards the drain such
    >that ALL the water drains from the drain pan.
    >
    >Have your attorney threaten the installing contractor with Mold
    >Litigation if necessary to get corrective action. A few digital
    >pictures really helps.


    Christ Fish! Take a fuckin pill. Read the Ops post again and think!
    Look what he is telling you.
    First he lives in an Apartment. We all know what kind of maintenance
    happens at an apt complex.
    Next, notice the term "lip" and where/how he uses it. He's talking
    about how the condensate drain connection cannot be made completely to
    the bottom of the tray (just like every other drain pan). If he wants
    all the water to drain from the pan he needs to drill a hole in the
    bottom of the pan and the top of his head. This will let the water out
    and the noxious gasses from his head.
    Lastly, the Op tosses in terms about "mildew", "filthy insulation",
    "expert" and "how to proceed with this situation".
    He's practically crying out "I wanna sue, I wanna be rich, I dont
    wanna work, Im a low-life apt dweller and I wanna live off someone
    else's money".
    Im ashamed of you Fish. "You've been here how long? :)
    Look for UPS. I'll be sending you that crystal ball.
    Bubba
    Bubba, Jul 8, 2006
    #8
  9. Guest

    Some water will remain in pan due to fitting drain connects to. You
    should not get mold because condensate is formed and drains leaving new
    behind. Sometimes a funky slime forms in pans due to dust etc. You can
    buy tablets to place in the pan to help with this. If you can
    reach..you could always shim the back of the pan so more drains out. I
    don't think it's anything to worry about. Maybe water is leaking around
    unit causing mold, or you have no trap and odors are coming up the
    drain??


    As for the guy with the window unit. The water is spashed around and
    cools the condensor which increases your sub-cooling thus efficiency.
    , Jul 9, 2006
    #9
  10. Guest

    On Sat, 08 Jul 2006 14:24:27 -0400, Bubba <>
    wrote:

    >On Sat, 08 Jul 2006 14:47:11 GMT, wrote:
    >
    >> wrote:
    >>
    >>>I live in an apartment and the AC they have installed has a condensate
    >>>pan below the coils that drip from condensation. The drain for the pan
    >>>is located on the side of the pan towards the bottom but there is a
    >>>slight lip allowing about 1/6" of water to remain in the pan without
    >>>draining. I have been told by the maintenance people that this is
    >>>normal and to be expected, however I am beginning to smell mildew and
    >>>the insulation on the inside of the unit is filthy.
    >>>
    >>>Can someone please let me know how I should proceed with this
    >>>situation? I really need an expert's opinion.
    >>>
    >>>Thanks

    >>
    >>your system was installed by morons. tell them to come back and
    >>re-level your ac unit so that the unit slopes towards the drain such
    >>that ALL the water drains from the drain pan.
    >>
    >>Have your attorney threaten the installing contractor with Mold
    >>Litigation if necessary to get corrective action. A few digital
    >>pictures really helps.

    >
    >Christ Fish! Take a fuckin pill. Read the Ops post again and think!
    >Look what he is telling you.
    >First he lives in an Apartment. We all know what kind of maintenance
    >happens at an apt complex.
    >Next, notice the term "lip" and where/how he uses it. He's talking
    >about how the condensate drain connection cannot be made completely to
    >the bottom of the tray (just like every other drain pan). If he wants
    >all the water to drain from the pan he needs to drill a hole in the
    >bottom of the pan and the top of his head. This will let the water out
    >and the noxious gasses from his head.
    >Lastly, the Op tosses in terms about "mildew", "filthy insulation",
    >"expert" and "how to proceed with this situation".
    >He's practically crying out "I wanna sue, I wanna be rich, I dont
    >wanna work, Im a low-life apt dweller and I wanna live off someone
    >else's money".
    >Im ashamed of you Fish. "You've been here how long? :)
    >Look for UPS. I'll be sending you that crystal ball.
    >Bubba



    hot damn! I havent hooked a big mouthed Bubba in such a long time I
    thought I forgot how to bass fish !!

    hey speaking of such......

    http://www.signonsandiego.com/sports/outdoors/20060320-1251-bn20bass.html
    , Jul 9, 2006
    #10
  11. Bubba Guest

    On Sun, 09 Jul 2006 18:49:21 GMT, wrote:

    >On Sat, 08 Jul 2006 14:24:27 -0400, Bubba <>
    >wrote:
    >
    >>On Sat, 08 Jul 2006 14:47:11 GMT, wrote:
    >>
    >>> wrote:
    >>>
    >>>>I live in an apartment and the AC they have installed has a condensate
    >>>>pan below the coils that drip from condensation. The drain for the pan
    >>>>is located on the side of the pan towards the bottom but there is a
    >>>>slight lip allowing about 1/6" of water to remain in the pan without
    >>>>draining. I have been told by the maintenance people that this is
    >>>>normal and to be expected, however I am beginning to smell mildew and
    >>>>the insulation on the inside of the unit is filthy.
    >>>>
    >>>>Can someone please let me know how I should proceed with this
    >>>>situation? I really need an expert's opinion.
    >>>>
    >>>>Thanks
    >>>
    >>>your system was installed by morons. tell them to come back and
    >>>re-level your ac unit so that the unit slopes towards the drain such
    >>>that ALL the water drains from the drain pan.
    >>>
    >>>Have your attorney threaten the installing contractor with Mold
    >>>Litigation if necessary to get corrective action. A few digital
    >>>pictures really helps.

    >>
    >>Christ Fish! Take a fuckin pill. Read the Ops post again and think!
    >>Look what he is telling you.
    >>First he lives in an Apartment. We all know what kind of maintenance
    >>happens at an apt complex.
    >>Next, notice the term "lip" and where/how he uses it. He's talking
    >>about how the condensate drain connection cannot be made completely to
    >>the bottom of the tray (just like every other drain pan). If he wants
    >>all the water to drain from the pan he needs to drill a hole in the
    >>bottom of the pan and the top of his head. This will let the water out
    >>and the noxious gasses from his head.
    >>Lastly, the Op tosses in terms about "mildew", "filthy insulation",
    >>"expert" and "how to proceed with this situation".
    >>He's practically crying out "I wanna sue, I wanna be rich, I dont
    >>wanna work, Im a low-life apt dweller and I wanna live off someone
    >>else's money".
    >>Im ashamed of you Fish. "You've been here how long? :)
    >>Look for UPS. I'll be sending you that crystal ball.
    >>Bubba

    >
    >
    >hot damn! I havent hooked a big mouthed Bubba in such a long time I
    >thought I forgot how to bass fish !!
    >
    >hey speaking of such......
    >
    >http://www.signonsandiego.com/sports/outdoors/20060320-1251-bn20bass.html


    Well........................, we all gotta have fun somehow. :)
    Bubba
    Bubba, Jul 10, 2006
    #11
  12. Guest

    Actually I just want to get it fixed since I am sensitive to these sort
    of things. I want an expert's opinion so I can get it fixed correctly.
    I just moved here and I want to be comfortable. I already have a good
    job and work for a living (but thanks for the stereo type).

    Bubba wrote:
    > On Sat, 08 Jul 2006 14:47:11 GMT, wrote:
    >
    > > wrote:
    > >
    > >>I live in an apartment and the AC they have installed has a condensate
    > >>pan below the coils that drip from condensation. The drain for the pan
    > >>is located on the side of the pan towards the bottom but there is a
    > >>slight lip allowing about 1/6" of water to remain in the pan without
    > >>draining. I have been told by the maintenance people that this is
    > >>normal and to be expected, however I am beginning to smell mildew and
    > >>the insulation on the inside of the unit is filthy.
    > >>
    > >>Can someone please let me know how I should proceed with this
    > >>situation? I really need an expert's opinion.
    > >>
    > >>Thanks

    > >
    > >your system was installed by morons. tell them to come back and
    > >re-level your ac unit so that the unit slopes towards the drain such
    > >that ALL the water drains from the drain pan.
    > >
    > >Have your attorney threaten the installing contractor with Mold
    > >Litigation if necessary to get corrective action. A few digital
    > >pictures really helps.

    >
    > Christ Fish! Take a fuckin pill. Read the Ops post again and think!
    > Look what he is telling you.
    > First he lives in an Apartment. We all know what kind of maintenance
    > happens at an apt complex.
    > Next, notice the term "lip" and where/how he uses it. He's talking
    > about how the condensate drain connection cannot be made completely to
    > the bottom of the tray (just like every other drain pan). If he wants
    > all the water to drain from the pan he needs to drill a hole in the
    > bottom of the pan and the top of his head. This will let the water out
    > and the noxious gasses from his head.
    > Lastly, the Op tosses in terms about "mildew", "filthy insulation",
    > "expert" and "how to proceed with this situation".
    > He's practically crying out "I wanna sue, I wanna be rich, I dont
    > wanna work, Im a low-life apt dweller and I wanna live off someone
    > else's money".
    > Im ashamed of you Fish. "You've been here how long? :)
    > Look for UPS. I'll be sending you that crystal ball.
    > Bubba
    , Jul 10, 2006
    #12
  13. Guest

    Thanks this was the kind of advice I was looking for. What kind of
    tablets do you recommend? The maintenance guy put some fast acting
    ones in that disolved really quickly, so I was hoping for something a
    bit more long term. The bottom of the cooling portion sits in a
    plastic tray. Do I need to be concerned about damaging the unit if I
    use a tablet that is bleach based?

    As to your question, the drain looks trapped and I dont think the odors
    are coming up from there and I havent spotted any leaks. Over the
    weekend I flushed out the pan with some water and cleaned up all the
    bits of grime out from it, then poured some bleach/water mixture into
    the pan to hopefully address anything else.

    The maintenace guy shim'd the back of the unit a bit and it seems like
    its got a smaller amount sitting in the tray now but there is still a
    bit.

    They have some duct cleaners scheduled to come out this morning,
    hopefully they will go over the inside insulation with a good
    detergent.

    Any other ideas?

    Thanks!

    wrote:
    > Some water will remain in pan due to fitting drain connects to. You
    > should not get mold because condensate is formed and drains leaving new
    > behind. Sometimes a funky slime forms in pans due to dust etc. You can
    > buy tablets to place in the pan to help with this. If you can
    > reach..you could always shim the back of the pan so more drains out. I
    > don't think it's anything to worry about. Maybe water is leaking around
    > unit causing mold, or you have no trap and odors are coming up the
    > drain??
    >
    >
    > As for the guy with the window unit. The water is spashed around and
    > cools the condensor which increases your sub-cooling thus efficiency.
    , Jul 10, 2006
    #13
  14. Guest

    Nah,
    Sounds like you got it covered. Spray a bleach solution on anything
    that looks like mold. Add about a cup of bleach a month to your pan
    and that will help keep the drain lines from cloggin and help kill
    bacteria.

    You can buy the tablets or just spend the $1 on a big bottle of bleach.


    wrote:
    > Thanks this was the kind of advice I was looking for. What kind of
    > tablets do you recommend? The maintenance guy put some fast acting
    > ones in that disolved really quickly, so I was hoping for something a
    > bit more long term. The bottom of the cooling portion sits in a
    > plastic tray. Do I need to be concerned about damaging the unit if I
    > use a tablet that is bleach based?
    >
    > As to your question, the drain looks trapped and I dont think the odors
    > are coming up from there and I havent spotted any leaks. Over the
    > weekend I flushed out the pan with some water and cleaned up all the
    > bits of grime out from it, then poured some bleach/water mixture into
    > the pan to hopefully address anything else.
    >
    > The maintenace guy shim'd the back of the unit a bit and it seems like
    > its got a smaller amount sitting in the tray now but there is still a
    > bit.
    >
    > They have some duct cleaners scheduled to come out this morning,
    > hopefully they will go over the inside insulation with a good
    > detergent.
    >
    > Any other ideas?
    >
    > Thanks!
    >
    > wrote:
    > > Some water will remain in pan due to fitting drain connects to. You
    > > should not get mold because condensate is formed and drains leaving new
    > > behind. Sometimes a funky slime forms in pans due to dust etc. You can
    > > buy tablets to place in the pan to help with this. If you can
    > > reach..you could always shim the back of the pan so more drains out. I
    > > don't think it's anything to worry about. Maybe water is leaking around
    > > unit causing mold, or you have no trap and odors are coming up the
    > > drain??
    > >
    > >
    > > As for the guy with the window unit. The water is spashed around and
    > > cools the condensor which increases your sub-cooling thus efficiency.
    , Jul 10, 2006
    #14
  15. Guest

    Take the cover off. Clean the inside of the unit with compress air.
    Use a small brush to lossen the rust and debris that have been
    collected inside the unit. Clean with compress air again. After the
    debris have been removed, wipe the inside surfaces with a bleach
    solution.

    If the evaporator is dirty, clean it with a water spray. Do it
    carefully so that the water doesn't get into the electrical parts.

    I am amazed how dirty window air conditioners are and why people don't
    get sick from the air they put out.


    wrote:
    > Nah,
    > Sounds like you got it covered. Spray a bleach solution on anything
    > that looks like mold. Add about a cup of bleach a month to your pan
    > and that will help keep the drain lines from cloggin and help kill
    > bacteria.
    >
    > You can buy the tablets or just spend the $1 on a big bottle of bleach.
    >
    >
    > wrote:
    > > Thanks this was the kind of advice I was looking for. What kind of
    > > tablets do you recommend? The maintenance guy put some fast acting
    > > ones in that disolved really quickly, so I was hoping for something a
    > > bit more long term. The bottom of the cooling portion sits in a
    > > plastic tray. Do I need to be concerned about damaging the unit if I
    > > use a tablet that is bleach based?
    > >
    > > As to your question, the drain looks trapped and I dont think the odors
    > > are coming up from there and I havent spotted any leaks. Over the
    > > weekend I flushed out the pan with some water and cleaned up all the
    > > bits of grime out from it, then poured some bleach/water mixture into
    > > the pan to hopefully address anything else.
    > >
    > > The maintenace guy shim'd the back of the unit a bit and it seems like
    > > its got a smaller amount sitting in the tray now but there is still a
    > > bit.
    > >
    > > They have some duct cleaners scheduled to come out this morning,
    > > hopefully they will go over the inside insulation with a good
    > > detergent.
    > >
    > > Any other ideas?
    > >
    > > Thanks!
    > >
    > > wrote:
    > > > Some water will remain in pan due to fitting drain connects to. You
    > > > should not get mold because condensate is formed and drains leaving new
    > > > behind. Sometimes a funky slime forms in pans due to dust etc. You can
    > > > buy tablets to place in the pan to help with this. If you can
    > > > reach..you could always shim the back of the pan so more drains out. I
    > > > don't think it's anything to worry about. Maybe water is leaking around
    > > > unit causing mold, or you have no trap and odors are coming up the
    > > > drain??
    > > >
    > > >
    > > > As for the guy with the window unit. The water is spashed around and
    > > > cools the condensor which increases your sub-cooling thus efficiency.
    , Jul 10, 2006
    #15
  16. Guest

    aka-SBM wrote:
    > <> wrote in message
    > news:...
    > > Take the cover off. Clean the inside of the unit with compress air.
    > > Use a small brush to lossen the rust and debris that have been
    > > collected inside the unit. Clean with compress air again. After the
    > > debris have been removed, wipe the inside surfaces with a bleach
    > > solution.

    >
    > Actually, it would be better to clean the coil properly.
    > No bleach should be used on a unit. Ever. Have you looked up how corrosive
    > it is?


    A weak solution is not very corrosive. One washes clothes with it and
    people swim in it.


    >
    > >
    > > If the evaporator is dirty, clean it with a water spray. Do it
    > > carefully so that the water doesn't get into the electrical parts.

    >
    > Again, it would be better to do it properly.


    What is the proper procedure?


    >
    > >
    > > I am amazed how dirty window air conditioners are and why people don't
    > > get sick from the air they put out.
    > >

    >
    > Cause....the air they put out is the same air that goes into them?
    > If the shits in the unit, its not in the air?


    The air passes through the evaporator. The bottom inch of the
    evaporator can have an accumulation of mold and rust. The evaporator
    can also be coated with grease and grim. Grease and grim also
    accumulate on the fan surface and the inside surfaces of the air outlet
    chamber.


    >
    > >
    > > wrote:
    > >> Nah,
    > >> Sounds like you got it covered. Spray a bleach solution on anything
    > >> that looks like mold. Add about a cup of bleach a month to your pan
    > >> and that will help keep the drain lines from cloggin and help kill
    > >> bacteria.
    > >>
    > >> You can buy the tablets or just spend the $1 on a big bottle of bleach.
    > >>
    > >>
    > >> wrote:
    > >> > Thanks this was the kind of advice I was looking for. What kind of
    > >> > tablets do you recommend? The maintenance guy put some fast acting
    > >> > ones in that disolved really quickly, so I was hoping for something a
    > >> > bit more long term. The bottom of the cooling portion sits in a
    > >> > plastic tray. Do I need to be concerned about damaging the unit if I
    > >> > use a tablet that is bleach based?
    > >> >
    > >> > As to your question, the drain looks trapped and I dont think the odors
    > >> > are coming up from there and I havent spotted any leaks. Over the
    > >> > weekend I flushed out the pan with some water and cleaned up all the
    > >> > bits of grime out from it, then poured some bleach/water mixture into
    > >> > the pan to hopefully address anything else.
    > >> >
    > >> > The maintenace guy shim'd the back of the unit a bit and it seems like
    > >> > its got a smaller amount sitting in the tray now but there is still a
    > >> > bit.
    > >> >
    > >> > They have some duct cleaners scheduled to come out this morning,
    > >> > hopefully they will go over the inside insulation with a good
    > >> > detergent.
    > >> >
    > >> > Any other ideas?
    > >> >
    > >> > Thanks!
    > >> >
    > >> > wrote:
    > >> > > Some water will remain in pan due to fitting drain connects to. You
    > >> > > should not get mold because condensate is formed and drains leaving
    > >> > > new
    > >> > > behind. Sometimes a funky slime forms in pans due to dust etc. You
    > >> > > can
    > >> > > buy tablets to place in the pan to help with this. If you can
    > >> > > reach..you could always shim the back of the pan so more drains out.
    > >> > > I
    > >> > > don't think it's anything to worry about. Maybe water is leaking
    > >> > > around
    > >> > > unit causing mold, or you have no trap and odors are coming up the
    > >> > > drain??
    > >> > >
    > >> > >
    > >> > > As for the guy with the window unit. The water is spashed around and
    > >> > > cools the condensor which increases your sub-cooling thus efficiency.

    > >
    , Jul 10, 2006
    #16
  17. Re: Water in AC condensate pan / cleaning unit

    > Actually, it would be better to clean the coil properly.
    > No bleach should be used on a unit. Ever. Have you looked up how

    corrosive
    > it is?


    A weak solution is not very corrosive. One washes clothes with it and
    people swim in it.
    CY: And even a weak solution will reduce mold and mildew. 10% of the
    original strength is about right.

    >
    > >
    > > If the evaporator is dirty, clean it with a water spray. Do it
    > > carefully so that the water doesn't get into the electrical parts.

    >
    > Again, it would be better to do it properly.


    What is the proper procedure?
    CY: Assortment of different techniques. I've never cleaned an
    evaporator while it was still mounted in an air handler, so I can't
    comment.

    >
    > >
    > > I am amazed how dirty window air conditioners are and why people

    don't
    > > get sick from the air they put out.
    > >

    >
    > Cause....the air they put out is the same air that goes into them?
    > If the shits in the unit, its not in the air?


    The air passes through the evaporator. The bottom inch of the
    evaporator can have an accumulation of mold and rust. The evaporator
    can also be coated with grease and grim. Grease and grim also
    accumulate on the fan surface and the inside surfaces of the air
    outlet
    chamber.
    CY: Also, some window AC have mold and mildew. And brown film if a
    smoker owned the unit. As to window AC, I know that non-acid coil
    cleaner removes the smokers smell quite effectively.
    Stormin Mormon, Jul 10, 2006
    #17
  18. ~^Johnny^~ Guest

    On 7 Jul 2006 08:57:26 -0700, wrote:

    > Pour a little bleach into
    >the drain pan every now and then to kill microbes etc


    Microbes?

    Mold is a fungus.

    --
    -john
    wide-open at throttle dot info
    ~^Johnny^~, Jul 11, 2006
    #18
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