My bathroom ceiling is intermittently a waterfall...


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Old 07-07-16, 09:32 PM
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My bathroom ceiling is intermittently a waterfall...

After living in this apartment for about 18 months, my a/c is all of a sudden having a meltdown. Maintenance tried to tell me this was normal, or that I was overusing / freezing up my a/c. I made this video around midnight on a day the a/c was off all day, outdoor high was about 80. I kicked it on to 78* around 6pm and it was right back at it. Please help me diagnose the problem so I can give my clueless maintenance guy 1 more try before I insist on an a/c specialist. Thanks!!

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B2...jZhODJLcWwyRzQ

This has been happening for about 5-6 days now. It's soaking through about 2-3 full sized towels a day. Outdoor temp. highs have been about 75-80, maybe 85 tops this past week. It's faired just fine when it was 100 and weeks of 90s... I usually only run to 77, often as high as 80, and never, ever below 73.
 
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Old 07-07-16, 09:36 PM
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I guess we can assume the A/C air handler is in the attic over the bathroom area.
That would tell us that the condensate drain line from the air handler is probably plugged and the condensate tray is overflowing.
 
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Old 07-08-16, 05:40 PM
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I had the same first thought as PJmax but in the two houses I've lived in if the line were to be plugged the tray would just leak over the lowest side and cause havoc on the drywall. I've never seen a backup drain let alone one that looked like that aka 'nice'. Since you don't notice it all of the time when the a/c is running, it's safe to assume that the hole isn't the main drip line. So something is going on or has gone on that the maintenance isn't telling you.
I would just ask them: is that hole the main drip line or is it a backup? If they say a backup then they need to fix the main. If they say it's the main line then they are crazy
Does it fall directly into the sink or does it splash out of it. Is there a chance that your normal usage of the a/c could cause damage to your bathroom appliances by them getting wet? If so, you might have some leverage there.
 
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Old 07-10-16, 09:15 PM
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Update: ignore my comment about never seeing a backup drain. I did some looking around today at our attic unit and looks like it has one tucked away in the back. Now to find the outlet.
 
 

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