Water literally running out of the bottom of the outside unit

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Old 02-18-17, 07:10 PM
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Water literally running out of the bottom of the outside unit

I walked out side today (70) and heard my outdoor unit making a different sound. Then I noticed the large amount of water running out of the bottom of the unit. I have posted a video here: https://vid.me/AdfE Anybody have any ideas on what the heck is happening ?
 
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Old 02-18-17, 07:30 PM
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Welcome to the forums.

It would be nice to know where you live.

That would appear to be a heat pump defrosting.
At the current time... the compressor was running but the fan was not.

Can you confirm you have a heat pump system ?
 
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I'm in west Texas. Temperature here has been upper 70's. Would it still have to defrost? I didn't think defrosting would put out so much water. It had me worried to see it just running out. I don't know exactly what kind of heat pump. I thought maybe there was a hole in a pipe somewhere.
 
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Old 02-18-17, 09:19 PM
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So you are confirming a heat pump ?
A heat pump runs the A/C system in heat producing mode.

Was it cold last night and heated up today ?

There is no running water or water used inside the condensor.
If it was cold last night and humid.... the condensor could have become iced up.
If the unit didn't know it was iced up or has a defrost problem the high ambient heat could have melted the ice.
 
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It appears you have a heat pump, and you had the unit running in heating mode and walked up on the unit during a defrost.
Liquid refrigerant will not flow/drip like that.
 
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