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Pump doesn't seem to work anymore...

Had no problems with my Danby portable AC for the last 2 years (of course, just past warranty now!). Recently, I noticed I didn't hear the clicking sound of the waterpump doing its 'showering action' over the coils. I thought it was temporary until the units beeped that the water (side) container was full! I've never seen so much as a drop in there before. Also, the "P" symbol never shows up either. So, I can still use it, but the efficiency is much less, and I have to keep emptying the side container. Since I'm just past warranty and even though year 3-5 covers parts only, is there something I can check myself? Maybe a relay or switch burned out? Maybe something clogged? Is the pump itself broken? I just know taking it in locally will be (other than a real pain) an expensive trip even if the part is covered under warranty. Thanks to anyone who can provide some help or perhaps has seen this happen before...

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  • tron2010 Sep 11, 2007

    Guess what...I think I have solved it. All of a sudden the "V" and "P" showed up at the same time and the manual says that this is a 'fault condition' and to try emptying the bottom drain of water. So I started with the garden hose cap on the upper part of the back... lots of water came out. Then a drip pan under the bottom-back drain...lots of HOT water there...and I noticed (to comment on kstfas--thanks for the tips) greenish/alge buildup in the drain-tube... so after emptying all water from everywhere possible in the unit, I qtipped all openings as much as I could... I don't know of any way to get vinegar into the pump itself. So, after unplugging and restarting...after 15mins I heard the familiar pump 'click' and saw the "P" show up! And I could hear the water being pumped. All is great now for the last 24 hours. And no water collectiong in the side bucket--whew!

  • Anonymous Aug 23, 2008

    Same deal, unit never filled up the reservoir, now it does.  Still working on resolving the issue.


  • Anonymous Mar 25, 2009

     Last year the condensate tank started to fill up rapidly (not usual) so I figured the pump or hoses to the coils had become clogged.  I ran a hose into the two lower drains, which solved it for the rest of the season. (Caution, do NOT overfill, I just used short blasts of water).

    I decided to inspect it now before the summer starts.  There are two pumps in this unit based on taking mine apart, one in the front that has a hose running to the coils and one at the back with a hose that runs to the external tank outlet (not easily removable).  It is easy to remove the front pump, which I found to have a lot of crud & hair wound around the impeller.  I removed that and put a drop of oil on the fan shaft.  Hopefully this will now be reliable. There was a lot of sediment buildup in the water tray at the bottom also.

    I was not impressed by the assembly quality of this unit.

  • rikedoid Mar 25, 2009

     Last year the condensate tank started to fill up rapidly (not usual) so I figured the pump or hoses to the coils had become clogged.  I ran a hose into the two lower drains, which solved it for the rest of the season. (Caution, do NOT overfill, I just used short blasts of water).

    NB: Disassemble at your own risk!
    I decided to inspect it now before the summer starts.  There are two pumps in this unit based on taking mine apart, one in the front that has a hose running to the coils and one at the back with a hose that runs to the external tank outlet (not easily removable).  It is easy to remove the front pump, which I found to have a lot of crud & hair wound around the impeller.  I removed that and put a drop of oil on the fan shaft. Hopefully this will now be reliable. There was a lot of sediment buildup in the water tray at the bottom also.

    I was not impressed by the assembly quality of this unit.

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Hi, I'm not familiar with your unit and have been waiting on someone else to answer your question but it doesn't seem to be happening so here goes..... Could be a buildup of lime in the pump or the lines to and from it. I would try using some white vinegar in the tank and see if this will clean it up. If you can get some into the pump itself, It may help. If you check the manual, It mat suggest something like this or have a service # where you can get more help. I hope I have helped. kstfas

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