I have a GE portable Air Conditioner (APH10AA). It's about 10 years old (I guess; we got it used).
It works good (blows cold air), but in the last year or two it's regularly been getting water built-up in the blower fan area, so it sounds like a small waterfall and spits water (into the room).
We assumed it was because of plugged up drip lines between the intake coil and the blower fan area, where the condensation from the coil is supposed to collect/drip down (and drop across the exhaust coil for evaporation).
So we disassembled it, cleaned the 10+ years of dirt out of it (surprisingly not too bad). Ensured the water pump worked, and that the drip lines were clear (ran air through it, ran a wire down them, plus some bleach to kill any mildew).
As far as I can tell those lines are clear, and water runs though them fine. I can pour a cup or so of water into the collector cup, and it goes out the drip lines down the coil and into the bottom container in seconds, as fast as I would expect.
OK, so the problem: it still manages to suck water into the blower fan area. It's like it just pulls the water off the coil, past the collection area, and right into the blower area. I emptied the area yesterday (took it apart a 2nd time to check/do it) and less than 24 hours later it's got a couple table spoons of water already.
I can't find any path for the water to leave this area and it seems to take hours for it to evaporate (if the AC is off), so it just doesn't seem "right". Also, since it's not part of the regular drainage path emptying the water (via bottom spigot) doesn't drain any water from that area.
As far as I can tell by the design/openings in the area, unless those lines are blocked (which mine are not), it should not be able to get enough water built up for it to ever get into the blower's axle/bearings/motor; So I'm not really worried about blowing a circuit, but the water is spitting onto the electronic controls, so that can't be good. ;)
Got any ideas on how to prevent it? Am I missing a drainage path someplace perhaps (can't see any traces of one; the area is mostly full of the blower cage and shaped Styrofoam). Are we just leaving the blower on "High" too much (ie: most of the time) perhaps?
Some experienced opinions/idea would be greatly appreciated. :)