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Describe your Carrier IBM UNIT 2380 79F4796 Drive Case Problem Large pan, beneath unit, fills up and overflows, damaging plaster below during cooling mode. If the unit is working properly, I've been told, this pan should not get any water in it. Thus the problem is inside the unit. What is causing this pan to get water in it? (The unit appears to be cooling the space normally)

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