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Water pours in around my window air conditioner every time it rains

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May 23, 2013, 06:33 PM
dirigo1820
Water pours in around my window air conditioner every time it rains
I live on the top floor of a fairly tall apartment building in a windy neighborhood. Whenever it rains, it's a STRONG wind-swept rain. Without fail, water always comes pouring in around my window air conditioner (nothing special, just a typical 10,000 BTU window unit). This isn't too much of a problem during a quick downpour, but it's a BIG problem during a long, sustained rain storm. Not fun to wake up at 3am and spend the next two hours wiping up water with towels, ringing them out, etc. At least I can deal with it if I'm at home, but I'm worried that my downstairs neighbor's apartment will sustain water damage if there's a bad rain storm while I'm gone.

I've sealed every crack, crevice, and cranny that I can find, using duct tape and foam insulation. I've asked the building maintenance guy for advice; he had no suggestions other than to use bath towels to sop up the water (yes, I've been doing that, thank you). I leave towels on the windowsill and on the floor when I'm not at home, just in case it rains, but is there anything else I can do?

I only have windows on one side of my apartment, so moving the AC to a window with less exposure is not an option.

I'm also not allowed to do anything that would modify or damage the window, windowsill, etc.
May 23, 2013, 07:31 PM
joecaption
Post a picture of it outside.
100% Tipped slightly so water runs off the top of it?


joecaption
Jan 22, 2014, 01:41 AM
lillian hofstader
quote:
Originally posted by dirigo1820:
I live on the top floor of a fairly tall apartment building in a windy neighborhood. Whenever it rains, it's a STRONG wind-swept rain. Without fail, water always comes pouring in around my window air conditioner (nothing special, just a typical 10,000 BTU window unit). This isn't too much of a problem during a quick downpour, but it's a BIG problem during a long, sustained rain storm. Not fun to wake up at 3am and spend the next two hours wiping up water with towels, ringing them out, etc. At least I can deal with it if I'm at home, but I'm worried that my downstairs neighbor's apartment will sustain water damage if there's a bad rain storm while I'm gone.

I've sealed every crack, crevice, and cranny that I can find, using duct tape and foam insulation. I've asked the building maintenance guy for advice; he had no suggestions other than to use bath towels to sop up the water (yes, I've been doing that, thank you). I leave towels on the windowsill and on the floor when I'm not at home, just in case it rains, but is there anything else I can do?

I only have windows on one side of my apartment, so moving the AC to a window with less exposure is not an option.

I'm also not allowed to do anything that would modify or damage the window, windowsill, etc.

what I believe is your not required to replace the entire bay window. You may be able to rebuild it with some sort of insulation and glass or, if the glass is single pane, you could get new of the same size to fit right in. But if you live in an area in which high speed winds and hurricanes occurs quite often then replace your window film with the one that usually coming with the impact windows fort lauderdale these days they are quite sustainable as well. But this is the second option, First try to fill up the insulation and if that doesn't work then go for option number two.

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