How do you deal with an overflowing air conditioner?
September 10, 2007 1:42 PM Subscribe
The portable air conditioner (an AMCOR PLM 12000EH
) in my server room keeps filling up with water. It used to operate without my ever needing to drain the reservoir. What changed? How do i fix this?
posted by dkg to technology (6 answers total)
The server room doubles as a storage room, and is about 3m x 3m. It has a half-dozen running computers in it and other storage up on shelves. It's relatively well-sealed, and the A/C vents via a short hose into the neighboring room (a large auditorium). When the reservoir in the A/C fills up, the A/C turns off and must be drained. While the A/C is off, the room heats back up again, which is not so good for the machines. i've had heat-related hardware failures on machines in that room in the past (before the A/C was installed).
This particular A/C ran fine for 3 months without ever filling the reservoir. But two weeks ago, the reservoir filled for the first time. Since then, it's a non-stop chore to keep the A/C running. The ~1 liter reservoir fills in an hour or two.
I've gone back over the room and sealed what leaks i could find with duct tape. But i have to open the door to go into the room to drain the reservoir, so it's not like it's permanently sealed.
And unfortunately, i don't think there's a drain nearby that i can easily run a hose to, though i'm happy to explore other options.
What's causing this? How do i put a stop to it? Help me get back to doing the work i'm supposed to be doing!