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I have a comfort aire PE 121A, it leaks water out the bottom.

I have the bottom port plugged, and the top I let drain into a bucket to slow down how much water leaks from the bottom. What is wrong? How do I get into it to see the reservoir that people talk about, there is not anything on the outside like this.

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Try viewing the owner's manual here for further instructions about the reservoir. Page 10 of Heat Controller Inc OWNER MANUAL Portable Air Conditioner PE...

Posted on Jul 07, 2014

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    Jeff Cummings Jul 07, 2014

    It doesn't show the resevoir in the owners manual or how to take the housing off to get to te resevoir. It is somewhere inside the unit

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