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I purchased a new portable air conditioner a mac 161 cooling only during hot days the unit is collecting water into the emergency reserve tank and is full with in 2 hrs. the unit is suppose to recycle the majority of the water for its own cooling use and only use the tank on over evapouration of water in which you are meant to release the drain plug and empty reserve tank well my unit is filling to quick in my opinon and is coming up with water full notification in the display screen in which the unit is reduced to fan only until emptied . my delema is that when i fist got this unit it did not do any of the above mentioned things and i would hardly have to emty the unit i was satisfied after about 2 months it has gone to this on its own accord i have tried all different settings to no avail i am very happy with the performace but would love to know if there is some small thing i am overlooking to get this unit to back to recycling most of its water out through the exaust

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  • ryank1w1 Dec 30, 2010

    the exhaust fan must be ok as the hot air is being blown out with force. I don't think that it's very humid at all and this unit would have been designed with a hose if it was an aircon that needed one for a day like today which did not seem like that at all and the full light came on once again in about two hours. I have the machine raised so I can lower a hose and let the water out from some tubing I managed to clamp on.

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Is the hole in the bottom of the resevoir blocked with dust or a dead bug?' sounds like it to me ,strip it and have a good look

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Hello, I have been looking into you r situation and find that there has been some other folks with the same issue, they have found 2 things. The first was most common and that was the exhaust fan had failed to run causing bucket to over fill. second problem was simply more humidity then the unit can handle. make sure you are keeping the coils clean and that there are no obstructions to the fans. Hope this is helpful. Also I have seen that hot point is very good about unit replacement when unhappy customers are found.

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  • Tim Dehnke Dec 30, 2010

    I guess the only other thing I can come up with is to be sure you don't have the unit tucked under a table where the air from the unit can be recycled. I'm sure that's not the case but worth the mention. I will continue the search for answers and get back to you if I find something. sorry I can,t be more helpful with this issue.

  • Tim Dehnke Dec 30, 2010

    I have spoken to several people now and read several reviews on your unit and have found most people are having the same issue as you are. they have tried everything possible and some still have to empty the unit every 1-2 hours even on low fan speed. some have had the unit replaced and are happy and some still have the same issue. try getting hotpoint to replace the unit and see if that does the trick. sounds like a typical problem with this unit.

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