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Went out last night, left my computer on, and came home to a burning electrical smell.


computer case was full of water, and my res/pump combo seemingly exploded, and I think caught fire?

I don't know how something like this could have happened, whatever the event was it was strong enough to crack some super thick acrylic.


Thankfully all my computer parts are seemingly okay.

Anyone else seen anything like this or have ideas of what could have caused the issue?


The pic above you can see where the acrylic split and cracked apart




Edited by Jixr - 10/4/15 at 8:54pm
post #2 of 15
Wow... What's the actual pump housing look like? Bit hard to tell from the photos.

On the plus side - It looks as if the acrylic res contained the explosion somewhat - may have been worse if the pump was not housed inside the res?
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Perhaps the pump failed, the water began heating up and the increased pressure was too much for the acrylic to handle? Then, the pump, which was still running (but not spinning the impeller) eventually burned out from running dry?

Very strange indeed.
 
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post #4 of 15
Did you happen to clean the acrylic with alcohol or anything?
post #5 of 15
Pump seal failed and had an electrical short maybe? Very bizarre indeed.
post #6 of 15
Water pumps explode. It's a fact of life but with the limited power running through a watercooling pump, this is strange.
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post #7 of 15
This is not the first case when these cheap internal pumps fail and crack the reservoir. I dont get why people buy these junk pumps and res combos. There are only two options, the D5 or DDC.
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How old was that thing?
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do you guys think it would be possilbe for a short to basically cause the water to boil?
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Originally Posted by Jixr View Post

do you guys think it would be possilbe for a short to basically cause the water to boil?
Depends. Your PSU should have had some short protection.
EDIT: From the look of the power wire, you weren't running this from a PC PSU.

EDIT: If the pump froze up in a closed loop, I can see this happening at the weakest spot in the loop. So I'm confused.
Edited by white owl - 10/4/15 at 11:23pm
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