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I just finished fixing some skylights on my parent's house. They had the bubble type that started leaking after the roof was resurfaced. After investigating it carefully, it became apparent that when the roof was resurfaced, the edges of the skylight were covered with a sealant. (To help prevent leaks perhaps?)The problem was that this coating sealed up the weep slots along the perimeter of the aluminum frame. These slots are key to proper operation of the skylight. The skylight dome isn't sealed to the aluminum frame. The frame is designed with channels that direct any water that manages to flow between the bubble and the frame back out through weep holes.Make sure those weep holes are clear! They can be blocked by dirt, ice, or a well-intentioned roofer.
Consequently, this water must exit the air handler—typically through plastic pipe or a drain tube. That drain tube goes directly outside, often terminating near the compressor, or to a floor drain or to a small electric “condensate pump” located by the air handler. Where a condensate pump is used, it connects to a 1/2-inch vinyl or rubber tube that exits outdoors or to a drain.
In addition to the information below, see these two articles for the general care and maintenance of your air conditioner: Preparing Your Air Conditioner for Summer and How to Replace Furnace & AC Filters. Most noteworthy, you should replace the filters at least twice a year, before the heating and cooling seasons. For information on furnace problems, please see Furnace Not Working.
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