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Old 06-01-2010, 02:08 PM   #1
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I come home the other day to find that it is 85 degrees (F for those of you that will be dumbasses) and wonder WTH?

A/C won't turn on, fan won't kick on...etc. Upstairs separate unit works great.

This has happened before so I went outside to see if the condenser had ice on it...nope.

I go upstairs into the attic and the a/c has a big puddle of stagnant water in the overflow reservoir. I pull open the cover and the thing immediately kicks on and has been running ever since.

So, what gives? What happened to my A/C?
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Old 06-01-2010, 02:09 PM   #2
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There's a loose wire and pulling on the cover wiggled it back into place. For now.
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Old 06-01-2010, 02:10 PM   #3
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Sounds like you shouldn't close that cover.
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Old 06-01-2010, 02:11 PM   #4
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Old 06-01-2010, 02:14 PM   #5
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I go upstairs into the attic and the a/c has a big puddle of stagnant water in the overflow reservoir. I pull open the cover and the thing immediately kicks on and has been running ever since.

So, what gives? What happened to my A/C?
I assume you mean the drip pan beneath the unit?

If your unit ~ my unit then your primary drain line might be clogged.

As to why it started and has been running since, got no ideas.
Mine has a pressure switch that shuts the thing off if you open it while running...not sure why yours would do the reverse.
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Old 06-01-2010, 02:15 PM   #6
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Was the float switch turning off the A/C because of the pool of water, acting as it should? Did pulling the cover remove some of the water some how? Ya got a plug in the drain tube?
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Old 06-01-2010, 02:15 PM   #7
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Old 06-01-2010, 02:16 PM   #8
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Was the float switch turning off the A/C because of the pool of water, acting as it should? Did pulling the cover remove some of the water some how? Ya got a plug in the drain tube?
CN: Unit functions as it should. WHAT UP WITH THAT?!?
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Old 06-01-2010, 02:17 PM   #9
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Old 06-01-2010, 02:18 PM   #10
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If thats the case he better post a vid of him drinking that water as punishment.
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Old 06-01-2010, 02:23 PM   #11
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Hmm...now I wonder if I go back in the attic if I'll find a swimming pool of water at this point. I'll check it tonight and see if it was clogged.



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Old 06-01-2010, 02:38 PM   #12
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you can get 'pan tabs' (basically chlorine tablets) that will help with unclogging primary and emergency drains on the unit. I try to throw a couple in at least once or twice a year.

You might have a service guy check the unit for low refrigerent. It may be icing up, shutting down due to some fancy sensor, melting off - but not restarting for some reason.
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Old 06-01-2010, 02:52 PM   #13
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you can get 'pan tabs' (basically chlorine tablets) that will help with unclogging primary and emergency drains on the unit. I try to throw a couple in at least once or twice a year.

You might have a service guy check the unit for low refrigerent. It may be icing up, shutting down due to some fancy sensor, melting off - but not restarting for some reason.
righto...it's a new unit (house built in 05) and we've already replaced a coil, I think.
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If it is the type that has the slinger ring around the fan, the water may have caused it to trip an overload sensor.

This is a window unit, right? Is it pitched back at a small angle?

Most of them don't have a drain hole now - they use the water to help cool the evaporator, slung on by the fan.

Never seen one with a switch on the cover, but I don't get out much anymore [was an A/C mechanic in college].
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Old 06-01-2010, 02:58 PM   #15
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Old 06-01-2010, 03:18 PM   #16
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If it is the type that has the slinger ring around the fan, the water may have caused it to trip an overload sensor.

This is a window unit, right? Is it pitched back at a small angle?

Most of them don't have a drain hole now - they use the water to help cool the evaporator, slung on by the fan.

Never seen one with a switch on the cover, but I don't get out much anymore [was an A/C mechanic in college].
Not a window unit...full system.
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