Embarrassing as it is, this isn't actually a very technical question:
I have a window A/C unit that won't run, probably because of debris stuck in the fan after the winter -- this has happened to me before, but I forget the instructions the repairman gave me to open it up to access the part that needs cleaning. It was stupidly simple, but obviously not simple enough to figure out by myself. I've lost the manual and don't want to damage the unit by fiddling with it when I don't know what I'm doing. I live on the 6th floor - no balcony - so I can't clean it from the outside, and because it's bolted in and the bolts painted over (was like that when I moved in), I don't think removing it is really an option.
This is the unit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/99241221@N00/501625852/ -- it's a Kenmore, if that helps at all.
We have already cleaned the filter - just don't know how to access any other part of the inside of the unit.
Thanks in advance!
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There are many questions about the E-1 error code that seems to pop up on many of the window air conditioning units. The problem is that there are a number of different meanings to this code depending on the brand of air conditioner that you have.
For many window air conditioners this code is simply a reminder to clean the air filter. After like 750 hours of run time this code pops up and you have to clean the filter and then reset the unit before it will work again. To reset the code you need to simply unplug the unit and then plug it back in again. On other units you need to hold down the power button while you reenergize the air conditioner.
On another make of window air conditioner you need to push the “fan” button twice and then the “mode” button once to reset this code. Still another person found that the circuit boards where going bad and they had to replace them to get the unit to work.
The best and most reliable way to find out how to reset the code is to go the website of the company that manufactured your air conditioning unit and download their manual directly from the site. This manual will give you the sequence needed to get the code reset. I do realize that some companies do not make these manuals available to download. In that case the best thing is to call the customer service number and see if they have a technical support number or service that you can talk to directly. They will be able to help you with your problem.
The other problem that this code seems to come from is the thermistor sensing too cold of temperatures on the coil. This can be caused by the coil being so dirty that not enough air is going through, the fan going bad and not moving enough air, or just a faulty thermistor.
If the fan does not seem to be running at full speed anymore or your unit has been run with a very dirty air filter, or no air filter then you may need to clean the coil. This can be washed out using a spray bottle and some careful cleaning of the fins so you do not bend them. A mild soap and water solution followed by clear water will often do the trick there.
You can see now that this code has many and varied solutions. There is no one exact solution to the E-1 code. You will need to do some checking and research to figure out which of the problems you have and how is the best way to remedy that problem.
If you clean and reset the unit, and the fan isn't still working, contact Frigidaire to see if you qualify for any assistance or limited warranty. Most of these small appliances do not have replacement parts since they are so small in BTU size.
There technically isn't a drain pan in AC units. Some have a little hole in the back, some do not. If they do not, then the evaporator fan "slings" up the water accumulated from the condensation in the air, unto the coil to help cool the inside of the unit. If there is no hole, do not drill into the machine. You are likely to hit a sealed system component and damage the unit entirely.
Due to high humidity and perhaps, an air intake filter that needs to be removed and cleaned. That "steam" is actually a misty fog and is harmless. Window & Thru the Wall AC units often do this when the outside humidity and temperatures are high. Keeping the air intake filter clean will help to lessen this mist.
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Quite often the window units need to be tilted slightly toward outside to allow drainage to run outside the window. Try pulling bottom inward slightly so rear is tilted downward at outside and see if that doesn't cure it. You should soon see dripping outside at back of unit where it should be. Make sure you check for small hole under back end and check that it is clean and open.
There is no drain plug,if it is not draining,then the drain holes are stopped up with trash and debris,remove the unit from the window,and take it out side,use a water hose to clean it out,and you will be fine,if this was at all helpful,please rate,thank you.
Remove it from the window,just slide it out from the shell,make sure there are no retaining screws,remove the front from the unit,and set it on a table outside,use a water hose and spray all debris from inside the unit,just remember not to spray hard stream of water directly into the coils on the evaporator,or condenser,you may have to remove some debris by hand if it is to large for the water hose to remove,make sure drain holes are clear,and let drip dry for about 30 minutes,then tilt unit one way,or another to finish draining the water,coils can be cleaned gently,just make sure nothing is restricting the air flow threw them,and make sure the fan has no objects in it`s way,then place the unit back in the shell in the window and you are ready for another hot hot summer.