window air conditioner drips a LOT of water

Hello
I live in a fairly old apartment building that only has a single
window air conditioner. The air it outputs into my apartment is cold
and it does a good job keeping my apartment cool. But it does drip a
great deal of water out of the external vent, and I'd like to know if
this means that the unit is inefficient, is being run too much, etc.
The unit was made by GE and runs off of a 240-volt electric outlet.
It's fairly heavy-duty looking, similar to an A/C unit you might see
in a hotel or motel. It's a heater as well; that part worked fine too
last winter, but without all the dripping.
The A/C units of my neighboring tenants don't seem to drip nearly as
much. I didn't live here last summer so I can't compare it that way.
I generally run it when temperatures get above 90 degrees Fahrenheit,
or the humidity is high. Which is common around here, from mid-May
through the end of September days with high temperatures and high
humidity will be nearly every day.
Thanks to anyone who replies.
Reply to
Ryan Meier
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pjm
Normal. It is dehumidifying the air in your apartment. That is one of the beneficial side effects of air conditioning.
Charles Perry P.E.
Reply to
Charles Perry
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Note one related possibility: many window shaker units take that condensed water and splash it against the coil. This is primarily to improve efficiency a bit, but also serves to re-evaporate it so there's less drippage.
Yours may simply be draining that water instead.
Reply to
danny burstein
tell your neighbours to get new window shakers or maybe you leave your windows open at night which lets all the humidity back in, if that's the case you need to keep them closed
Reply to
John
Ryan,
Funny that you happened to post this to alt.engineering.electrical as well, I never would have seen it otherwise. :)
Perhaps the reason your ac unit is dripping more water than your neighbors' units is because you are waiting until the humidity is high before turning it on; your unit has a lot of dehumidifying to do before it is able to keep your apartment cool efficiently. I'm not sure where the line would be drawn in deciding if it would be more efficient to leave it on altogether, but perhaps someone here can help you out.
Oh, and regarding the funny... just ignore the Paul guy, he undoubtedly spends a lot of his time upset that people see uses for newsgroups other than those he wishes them to be used for. I am personally recommending the creation of an alt.paul. I asked a question about ac compressors the other day and he flared up then too but don't worry, he's just like a puffer fish. Given some time more people who are knowledgeable and helpful will respond here.
Reply to
davidd31415
It means that it is working great (better than the neighbor's units) and it also means that you are in a very humid area
Reply to
cowboy
Generally, more condensation means you have humid air leaking into the apt. Are you opening/closing windows a lot as the temperature swings up/down?? While it may cool down at night, letting in humid air can cause the A/C to work a lot just removing the moisture. Better to keep windows closed, even on mild, 80 degree days. If you live in a humid area (say, Gulf Coast or FL), the moisture can add quite a lot to the total cooling load.
daestrom
Reply to
daestrom
This is caused by the A/C condensing water out of the air. It's not unusual for an A/C to produce a litre or more of water a day. The more humid it is, the more water will come out. De-humidifying is an essential part of the cooling cycle. If the air is humid, your body won't be able to cool itself by perspiration as effectively.
There is no de-humidifying cycle in heating, so no water is produced.
Their units probably have a different internal design which somehow evaporates the water instead of dripping it out. Also, their units might not be effective at de-humidifying, so they produce less water.
I only run mine for two hours before going to bed when the temp is above 28 degrees C. The rest of the time I use an electric fan, it does just as well as an A/C and costs 1/20th the power. I can move it around the house to where I'm sitting. But with an A/C, I have to try to cool several rooms, which is not efficient.
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Reply to
Rotes Sapiens
That might be normal. A/C units condense water from the conditioned air, as others have stated. Some units direct this collected water over the condenser coils (the outside heat exchanger) which causes it to evaporate. Your unit might have a plugged hose, causing this water to dribble out instead.
Due either to the above mentioned blockage. Or, perhaps you have an unusual source of moisture inside your apartment. Lots of plants or a hidden water leak somewhere.
Reply to
Paul Hovnanian P.E.
Assuming you don't have a damp apartment - plants, long showers, etc.
many window acs used condensed water from the inside coil to cool the outside coil - maybe yours has a blocked channel that was the path for the water, or it lost the foam that raised the water level in the fan/coil area - and thus some of the condensed water isn't evaporating like your neighbors does.
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All of you top posting Usenet idiots are the ones that need to learn a few things.. ya friggin' retards!
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TokaMundo
On 30 Jun 2005 18:39:20 -0700, "davidd31415" Gave us:
He probably got fired from an HVAC company at one time.
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TokaMundo
How's about you both go fuck youselves ?
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How about you are as professional and as mature as a freshly laid pile of feces.
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TokaMundo
This is turtle.
Like Gofish said , You maybe giving him too much credit as being up in the ladder of respect by your statements.
TURTLE
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TURTLE
Sounds like someone may have hit the nail right on the head.
And Paul... don't you have ANY other material? That one line is getting rather old.
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