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post #21 of 34
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I'm beginning to see the light of the end of the tunnel regarding my question. I just have a couple of questions though:

1.) Why do air get trapped in high spots? Is it the same principle as "hot air naturally rises"?

2.) When air is already in the res, why does it stay/get trapped there?
post #22 of 34
The simplest answer to the first question would be that water is a lot heavier than air. This means that water starts filling your parts from the bottom up. In a radiator for example, if the outlet is lower than the highest point in the loop, that means water is able to flow all the way through it without filling up the top part. In that case you'll have to tip your case in order to get the air "trapped" in there to move our of the radiator and end up in the reservoir.

That leads into your second question. If the air ends up in the reservoir, you just open up the fill port and fill it with liquid again. The reservoir will fill up, and the air will be removed from your loop (displaced by the water, and escaping through the fill port)
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post #23 of 34
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Ok, got it.

So in order to remove all air from the loop, do you need to fill the reservoir until it overflows to the opening of the fill port itself? Or in my case with the H220X,should I only fill up to the Max level?
post #24 of 34
There's no harm to having some air sitting at the top of your reservoir, really.
Most of the time you'll just want to fill it up to max level, or in case of a custom loop just top it off.

The little bit of air that's in your reservoir won't be sucked into your loop again, and if it's not in your blocks or your radiator, it won't affect cooling performance either.
So basically, you should be fine thumb.gif
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post #25 of 34
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Got it. I was under the impression that "top off" is overflowing. So what I understand, it really means "nearly full".

How do I know if I bled the loop properly already though? With the H220X, the tubes are not transparent so I don't see air packets visually.
post #26 of 34
After filling my loop, I usually just tilt it around until there's no more air bubbles arriving in the reservoir, then I just use the system normally for a day or two, tilt it around once more to get rid of any remaining air bubbles, fill up my reservoir again and call it done thumb.gif
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post #27 of 34
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Ok smile.gif So the first time you fill the loop you really don't top it off yet? You just fill it up until it gets to a point that the liquid is already at a stablr level (without topping it off yet), correct?
post #28 of 34
Either way is fine, really. You just have to be careful that your reservoir doesn't go empty when trying to bleed your loop.
If the reservoir is empty, the pump doesn't have any water to move, and since it relies on the waterflow to cool itself, it might overheat and/or get damaged.

Just make sure there's always liquid in your reservoir, and you're fine!
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post #29 of 34
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Yup, got that. But what if you already top it off to the max level and there are still air bubbles, you don't have enough room to do another "topping off" to get rid of the extra air packets, right?
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Yup, got that. But what if you already top it off to the max level and there are still air bubbles, you don't have enough room to do another "topping off" to get rid of the extra air packets, right?
You're asking ridiculous questions now.

Just bleed it and everything will become obvious.
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