Composition and pH of water produced by air conditioners

I would like to know if there are specific studies or research regarding the condensed water that is generated by air conditioners.

Many people feel that this water is acid and corrosive but could not find anything that confirms or denies this belief.

If someone could send me a link or document with a reliable scientific research would help me.

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• Acid? Why? Condensed water is essentially distilled water. – Ivan Neretin Jan 20 '16 at 11:22
• I suspect some people might think this because all that water dripping out of the AC unit over the course of a few years will begin staining/eroding whatever is in its path. That's just water being water, though. – Nicolau Saker Neto Jan 20 '16 at 12:09
• Distilled water will dissolve carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, which could reduce the pH below 7. Here's a technical document for water stills – Spontification Jan 20 '16 at 12:10
• True, but I deliberately tried to avoid this topic. Anyway, this is not what people outside of chemistry mean by "acid". – Ivan Neretin Jan 20 '16 at 12:14

Pure condensed water is neutral (pH 7). However, water in contact with air is slightly acidic (approximately pH 5.6) due to dissolved carbon dioxide $\ce{(CO2)}$. Remarkably, the same applies to rainwater.