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Re: Water tank fills up every 3hrs
The amount of water that is getting extracted from the air in the room is based on how humid the air is. The good news is your unit is really getting quite a bit of moisture out of the air and as such, is working well to cool your room.
It is working as designed. You may want to see if you can connect a hose to a drain port (if yours has that included) to let the unit room longer without the need to drain the condensate (water) every 3 or so hours.
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This model is designed to heat the condensed water and send it out the exhaust duct as vapour. It prevents accumulation on less humid days. It sounds like it's served you well for seven years.
However, I do recommend one step for owners of the DPAC series. At the end of the season, drain the internal tank by opening the two taps at the bottom rear. Put a pan beneath them . The internal tank only holds one cup of water.
You use the hose only for continuous draining outside of the unit into a bucket or what have you. You don't need to attach the hose at all. I actually need the hose if you want to part with yours. coatings(at)shaw.ca
I recently encountered the same issue. First off, with the external
tank installed is there an icon on the display panel indicating the
tank is installed?
No? Then the two sensors are not picking up
the magnets in the the "arms" on the back of the tank. It's a poor
design for sure, on my unit the tank does not sit flush enough to the
back of the AC, if I held the tank firmly to the back the icon would
come on. I just used a bit of cardboard at the bottom of the support
tray to press the tank firmly to the back of the AC.
as the external tank fills up, water will run into the "arms" and raise
the magnets tripping the switch which tells the unit it needs emptying.
But the magnets in the arms are not strong enough if they are not close
enough to the sensors. So my cardboard solution lasted only one tank.
ended up getting some flat neodymium magnets (that I scavenged out of a
hard drive), and taped to the sensor that had the gap. I wouldn't
recommend doing this to both sensors since it would eventually
overfill, only one sensor needs to "trip" for the compressor to turn
If you answered yes to the first question (the bucket icon
is there), then it's most likely the pump not working on the internal
reservoir, or something related to that. Can't help you there...
look closely how the water flows from the evaporator to the tank. does it goes first to the condenser ?..or is there a heating pipe that is touching the tank in order to heat the water for it to evaporate?
here's the set up, your ac would cool and absorb moisture in the air and becomes water in the evaporator. these water is sometimes used to cool the compressor or the condenser to help it run cooler and at the same time evaporates the un-needed water . but incase the water is so much then you have the tank to keep the water from spilling. sometimes they still put some hot pipes to further heat the water to evaporate.
check those pointers that i have mention.
in some case, the air in your place just got humid and wet that is why it has too many water condensation..
Dear ziba1--posted the same problem two days ago and it doesn't appear to be on the site yet. Anyway, picked away at this again today (literally took the machine apart) and found the problem to be a clog in the drainage system. This explains why your external tank will not fill and why there is a leak--the drip tray under the compressor is not draining due to the clog in the drainage system. I fixed this simply by taking a narrow device and gently scraping out the drain hole of the drip tray (which is located just below the compressor...the compressor is located on the same side as your air filter). After successfully cleaning out this drain, I proceeded to flush the water out thoroughly with water.
Give it a try--worked for me. I had all but given up and had already set up an appointment to have it serviced.