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Old 09-10-2018, 02:26 PM   #1
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Talking AC leaking condensate water into camper

Located a new AC unit gasket on line for my 1994 Hi-Lo Funlite 23 ft camper.
I have had condensate water, I think, leaking from the AC unit and getting between the ceiling panel and ceiling. No major damage that I can see, but, it won't stay that way long. Other than the gasket does anybody have any more ideas I can search for? Will have to remove the AC unit from the opening anyway to replace the gasket. Thanks for ideas.
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Old 09-10-2018, 06:50 PM   #2
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Make sure that the drain holes in the a/c pan are open.

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Haven't had to do this repair. I have read where a piece of carpet was put on the roof and the AC unit is slid onto this. You tube surely had a video on doing this repair.
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Have you checked to see if the unit is bolted down sufficiently? The gasket should be properly compressed to a specified thickness, something like 3/4" but that can vary. In addition to using a piece of carpet, as Sam suggested, a piece of plywood also come in handy to support the weight on the roof.
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Here is MY basic steps for replacing the A/C gasket.
top up. remove the inside trim, knobs, filter, the three or four bolts and the electrical connection. Some unit require the removal of two small electrical boxes-depends on model.
Lower the top. With a 6' ladder, (and a helper if avail) place your carpet or 3' x 3' plywood to distribute the weight on the street side of the A/C unit.
Remove the cover of the unit and clean the heck out of, paying attention to those coils, There is a small (I mean small) condensate tray under those coils with drains at each end. A dead bee will clog one of those drains!
The A/C isn't really heavy, but it's weight and bulkiness makes it unwieldy. Lift the A/C straight up and onto the carpet/plywood. Roll on it's side and quickly clean the old seal off. Also clean around the hole. I finish cleaning with alcohol. Ensures a chemical free surface. Follow directions with the seal.
Put the A/c unit back in place (close counts), clear the top and raise it. From the inside, put as many of those back in place without in inner frame. If it requires more movement, push way up on the A/C rotate it until ALL bolts are in the right place. Reverse the procedure to re-install.
Compression will vary by gasket manufacturer, but it's usually compressed to between 1/2" to 3/4" ALL around. you can use a popsicle stick with 1/2' or 3/4' marked on it.
continue re-install.
If you wish, now's the time to really clean the area around the A/C, and DON'T use caulk on that seal.
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Mine leaked for the first time over Labor Day weekend. Leaked down through the couch side filter. Haven't had time to check it out but thinking I just have a clog. Also I wasn't level from side to side so that didn't help.
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As I suggested above, remove the shroud, and clean everything you can get to. The condensate pan is very small, but does collect a lot of debris. Low pressure air works for the drains.
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Yeah I plan on going through it when I do the winterization, thanks Tree!
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Mine runs over the roof and inside my walls - i noticed it dripping from the walls - i cant find a condesate drain hose to the underside anywhere
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