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So I have an AC unit outside my room onto which a whole bunch of water falls from straight from the gutter. Will this ruin the unit? Also, it makes A LOT of noise. What would be the best way to dampen that?

Water falling on AC

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Gutters should direct water to the ground and away from your house, not onto the AC unit. Sounds like yours need cleaning. – BMitch Aug 27 '13 at 17:56
Unfortunatley it's not my property and it is not a matter of cleaning. The thing was designed that way. Can I do anything about it? – ovatsug25 Aug 27 '13 at 18:11
@ovatsug25: Probably no one would mind if the gutter were cleaned and/or repaired. Gutters should not drip. Why do you say "it is not a matter of cleaning"? – wallyk Aug 27 '13 at 18:30

The outdoor units are meant to have water hit them. Only a flood or major major standing water would hurt the unit - unless the water came down at such a high rate that it bent something.

Go outside and look at your unit. It will have a "section" or box with the electrical compontnents. It would basically have to flood to that height to hurt your unit.

Water could have a good impact in that it would cool your unit and clean off dirt and small debris. I can't really see how this would hurt anything.

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The power of water has carved grand canyons through the face of the earth over time. While normal rainfall, or an occasional splash won't damage the unit. A steady stream (or drip) in the same place over a long period of time, could potentially cause damage to the unit. – Tester101 May 16 '14 at 14:32
@Tester101 - I have had to replace some capacitors and wiring on units because they had rusted out because of standing water nearby. – DMoore May 16 '14 at 14:42

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