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Brivas (ME35)Heating/Cooling unit, error?

Our Brivas (ME35)Heating/Cooling unit works fine when we use the heater. However, when we use the cooling, water constantly drains and power keeps tripping. After 24hours when the water has completely drained, the power stops tripping. Now, the unit doesn't work and displays 8 squares with no other error codes. Does anyone know what this problem might be?

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Hi there, I know that this unit is made in South Africa and it is well built and designed. The problem sounds like a condensation problem, and instead of the water draining at the condensate line hose, or pipe, it is over flowing into the electrical components causing the unit to trip loosing power .I have not been able to locate a manual to read what the codes for this unit mean, but you need to look at the unit where the water is coming from, the evap. coil where it blows supply air and clean the drain and if it has a foam type filter that can be washed, do this also.The drain must be washed or blew out or you will continue to have this problem, which can also be dangerous as you no that water and electrical products do not mix. If it will not come back on now after the water has drained, it sounds like the water has finally damaged a component. Find out what you can on this code from owners manual if you have one. Sometimes you will find a list of codes on the unit also, that will tell you what so many short or long flashes mean. I would bet the water has shorted out a component.Lets hope not, try and find what this code means and we can go from there.It would be great to be on site to get you up and running,but....no such Luck. It only condesates in the cooling mode inside the house. Please inform me what you find.
Sincerely, Shastalaker7

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