leaking airconditioner in Jayco poptop

Submitted: Thursday, Jan 15, 2009 at 08:58
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Hi, We have just recently purchased a 1997 Jayco Westport poptop. I put the air-conditioner on yesterday and it started leaking out of the bottom front of the unit. When I pulled off the bottom filters, I can see that there isn't a fall, from where the water / drip tray is to where the water /drip hose goes into the wall to empty outside. Was this a fault when installing? and common with is model? Has anyone any suggestions to improve the fall, so the water can drain off.
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Reply By: hazo - Thursday, Jan 15, 2009 at 10:21

Thursday, Jan 15, 2009 at 10:21
More than likely the drain hose is kinked or blocked. Had exactly the same problem with our first van a jayco freedom ptop.
The trouble is the hose is routed through the wall cavity! What I did was to get a length of micro retic pipe, and from under the van, find the hose outlet, then I pushed the retic pipe up the drain hose, it hit a blockage around half way in, but by gently twisting and pushing it suddenly went through and water started to drain out.
I simply left the tube inside the hose to keep the pipe open.Never had a leak again.
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Follow Up By:- Thursday, Jan 15, 2009 at 10:38

Thursday, Jan 15, 2009 at 10:38
I will try that. What is micro retic pipe? When the Air condtioner is running small amounts of water is coming out the drain hose, so it might be a blockage.
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Follow Up By: hazo - Thursday, Jan 15, 2009 at 12:20

Thursday, Jan 15, 2009 at 12:20
Micro retic pipe is what is used for the very small drippers etc. it is around 6mm o/s diam. with a 3mm bore and flexible but firm so easy to push up the drain hose. You can buy it in small coils from Bunnings or similar.
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Reply By: ozjohn0 - Thursday, Jan 15, 2009 at 10:56

Thursday, Jan 15, 2009 at 10:56
Could be something as simple as a spider web.
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Reply By: Member - Wim (Qld) - Thursday, Jan 15, 2009 at 11:16

Thursday, Jan 15, 2009 at 11:16
Not sure of the layout but get to one end of the drain and blow out the drain with an air compressor to ensure the drain is completely clear.
Mid the mess though.
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Reply By:- Thursday, Jan 15, 2009 at 11:38

Thursday, Jan 15, 2009 at 11:38
We have put a fine piece of plastic cable through the drain tube, I pulled the end, where is is connected to the drainage tray off and put the same cable though that. I blew into the drain hose, with no restriction. Where the tube comes out of the drip tray and to where it enters the wall to drain down to out side is nearly level. I have now put a cork between the hose and the unit to try and get it to slope down without the drain hose kinking up higher than the drip tray. I have just turned the Air Con on again and am sitting here with fingers crossed to see if this helps
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Reply By: Mr Pointyhead - Thursday, Jan 15, 2009 at 13:52

Thursday, Jan 15, 2009 at 13:52
Tape the hose of a wet/dry vacum cleaner to the end of the drain tube with a bit of gaffer tape and give it a really good suck ....

Will clean all the crap out of it. Also, I sometime then put a bit of water into the drip tray to rinse the drain pipe out. ....

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