My cooling system was always kind of a wet mess.
It leaked all down the sides of it, shot out water when it was on, and there was frequently a puddle gathered around it.
I just regularly wiped it off, put a towel underneath and thought that was what cooling units do. It wasn’t until a friend of mine informed me that air conditioners definitely shouldn’t spit water. In Chicago, IL a cooling system doesn’t get a lot of use. When it does, a little moisture isn’t a big deal. After the water levels went up and my friend’s reaction, I figured calling for an AC repair would be a smart move. The Chicago air conditioning business was appalled by the condition of my AC unit. The guy asked me when I last changed my air filter. I didn’t realize it was something I needed to do. So the answer was never. Then he mucked out my condensate drain, cleaned the cooling coil, added coolant, and did all sorts of other things. I was astonished by the mildew, algae, mold, and dust inside of my unit. It was really gross to consider the idea that I was breathing in aht stuff day after day. No matter what, I always felt kind of sick when I woke up in the morning. The AC business did a great job and the price was quite reasonable. After they left I was shocked at how much better my unit operated. No more leaking water, no more headaches, and no more loud operational sounds. Even my energy bills are lower.