Greg
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Asked on Jul 9, 2012

Is there such a thing as a dripless window unit air conditioner?

Richard StrangJay TaylorWoodbridge Environmental Tiptophouse.com
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My condo unit is positioned over the front door of the building and can't drip there. Also, I've tried draining the water down the side of the building and gotten complaints from the resident's association about staining the building. I once had a unit that I put a CVP pipe in the water exit hole, and that stopped the drip. Was it because I had the pipe screwed in there so that it just backed the water up in the bottom of unit and evaporated?
7 answers
  • KMS Woodworks
    on Jul 10, 2012

    Ac units as part of the cooling also remove humidity...like a dedicated De-humidifer. The condensate is a by product of this. you can plumb it to a safe location or catch it...keep in mind that catching it will pose its own problems ( volume, mosquito farm, weight etc)

  • Walter Reeves
    on Jul 10, 2012

    Air conditioners have to get rid of condensate water somehow. They inevitably produce water as humid air goes over the cold coils. Perhaps you could use a small condensate pump like larger units use to move condensate to a better spot.

  • Some units use the condensate to help cool the system. These tend to drip less then the lower efficiency units. But when humidity is high in the home more water is produced then can be evaporated by the outside fan part. This causes the water to drip. However, some of the better units, and your not going to find them at your local big box stores, do have a method of connecting a drain pipe that can be routed to a less offending spot. A drain pan can be constructed to catch the water then a pipe can be run to a less offending area. But that would need to be determined based on exactly how your unit is installed and the surrounding area.

  • Jay Taylor
    on Aug 13, 2014

    Waterleaks are a serious issue in the summer when your A/C’s on all the time. If yousee water coming from the emergency drain pipe. You will shut off theair conditioner first and then get a technician in as soon as possible. Nice share.

  • Jay Taylor
    on Aug 13, 2014

    Waterleaks are a serious issue in the summer when your A/C’s on all the time. If yousee water coming from the emergency drain pipe. You will shut off the airconditioner first and then get a technician in as soon as possible. Nice share.

  • Jay Taylor
    on Aug 13, 2014

    Waterleaks are a serious issue in the summer when your A/C’s on all the time. If yousee water coming from the emergency drain pipe. You will shut off the airconditioner first and then get a technician in as soon as possible.

  • Richard Strang
    on Nov 5, 2015

    Years ago I bought an 8000 btu Sharp air conditioner that was guaranteed dripless. It proved to be so.

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