A few days ago, I noticed water dripping from the front of the Danby portable AC. Unfortunately, when I moved it, the water tank fell off the back snapping the connector off the tank (not damaging the AC unit). I propped the empty water tank under the back spout overnight (it was really hot and couldn't live without it) and when I woke up, the tank was almost full. I hooked up a short hose to it in case the water wouldn't leave the small opening without the water tank connector. In the three years I have owned it, it probably wouldn't fill it in the whole summer. Other than trying to replace the connector to the water tank (if I can), any ideas why it is leaking water and now filling up the water tank so fast? Thank you in advance!
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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..
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Eugene, first, let me say, yours is one of the best narratives, of what is happening with your ,that I have read in a long time. You didn't leave me guessing as to what was going on.
I believe one of the problems is that you may be operating the AC Cooling & the Dehumidifier at the same time. If this is the case, the dehumidifier is generating heat, when it's operating and the AC cooling side is working at a lower rate, because the dehumidifier is in operation. Discontinue the use of the dehumidifier on extremely hot days and use only the AC Cooling mode. The AC mode also acts somewhat as a dehumidifier. That's why draining the water tank is required for AC mode too.
I would also be prudent to check the exhaust hoses to make sure they are not clogged or have been bent out of shape. Keeping the air intake filter clean is really important, too.
Aside from the air conditioner, other things can be done to help cool the room. Close all drapes or blinds to block the sun from directly heating the room. This is especially true, if the AC unit is sitting in direct sunlight. If you have a ceiling fan, operate it it as fast as you can stand, in a Clockwise direction. This not only keeps air moving, it also helps the AC unit and creates a windchill, that fools your body into thinking it's cooler than it really is. Personally, I have been doing this for years and have saved a ton of money on electric bills during the summer.
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The only way to stop it from dehumidifying is to stop it. A dehumidifier is a AC that is 'tuned poorly'. In your machine, while in dehumidify mode, you actually are running the AC in 'slow".
It is a law of physics. Warm air can hold moisture. Cold air can not hold moisture. When you remove the heat from the air, the water has to go somewhere, so it condenses on the coils and drips into the tank. Yes, that is true: Heat is a thing, you have to remove heat from the air. You don't simply "cool it", you remove the heat.
Your Danby should have a automatic shut off that comes into play when the condensate tank gets full. MY Danby, which is a sllightly different model than yours, has a connection that allows me to connect a hose that I lead to a floor drain to disponse of the condensate (water).
If yours is not equipped with a shut off nor a drain and you say it fills every 2 to 3 days, the options I see that you have is to dump it every day, or - don't run it all the time, or - turn the setting to a higher number which will reduce the AC and dehumidifying effect. On the down side of that, your humidity will remain high at the higher setting.
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Probably needs cleaning. I assume it is on a level surface. Water drips from the evaporator coil into a collection tray of some type and then drains into the holding tank, this tray is either broken or the outlet is plugged. Good Luck, Gilsh
Air conditioners cause the moisture in the air to condense on the evaporator coil. The water that is created needs to have somewhere to drain. If the unit is in a humid environment, it will create allot of condensation. This kind of operation is not uncommon.
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...
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.