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Portable Air conditioner alarm won't stop

Sorry getting the hang of this still, have posted 3 times but mucked it up :) The alarm sounds when the condensation tray is full. I've emptied the water tray and cleaned the filter, but the alarm won't stop. The A/C has a Toshiba motor, the brand is iTa. It's about 4 years old and blows 12000BTU. Can anyone help me?

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Sadly, if you still are not able to find an answer, it probably mean that the sensor is messed up and the best and cheapest option would be to get a new air conditioner unless you want to take it in to a repair shop and see what their quote for fixing it is.

Posted on Nov 29, 2012

Testimonial: "Sensor was cactus, when I opened it up the little radiator was leaking a lot of water, RIP air conditioner!"

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    leviburr Nov 29, 2012

    Thanks for that! It's hot in Australia tonight, and midnight. I just took the entire thing apart, there was a lot of dust in the bottom, vaccuumed thoroughly and reassembled to find nthe alarm still going! Off to eBay we go!

  • Caleb S Nov 29, 2012

    Sucks to hear that. I hope you can find something soon! I always prefered a box fan when i lived in a warm climate anyhow. Cheaper and easier to replace.

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you need to disassemble the rear fan shroud and clean the back of the condensor. If the compressor runs and the lines are cold, it is dirty. The rear condensor is the one discharging the hot air. Both sides must be clean and free of dirt/grime

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Hello,

I'm assuming the air conditioner is a window intallation. Some Air conditioners need water in the botton in order to maintain the condensator coil cool, other have a hole to drain the water. Check inside your equipment, I mean inside, open it and remember all the steps for reassemble. It is more likely inside is stuffed with dust. If its the case, use patiente, toothbrush and hose and carefull not use too much water pressure and mantain electronics and motor DRY!!!

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Hi,
There can be a couple of things that could be happening...
The first and easiest thing is to check the air filter. Make sure that it is clean... clean it or replace it. Next check the air vents to make sure that they are open and giving you good air flow...
Also check to make sure that you are not icing up on the indoor coil... ice will tell you that you are low on refrigerant. You also could be low and not be icing over, but you would need to have gauges on the unit to check that.
Finally check and clean the outdoor coil...this also can give you problems if the heat is not being removed from the outdoor unit efficiently...
You may also have a unit that is sized in such a way that it hits the balance point at about 85...that means that your heat gain is equal to the capacity of the unit...I often try to size them for about that here in Northern PA. because wqhen seldom get hotter then that and the unit then is much more effective at removeing humidity at lower temperatures...

You can also check out the tips that I have wrote about Air conditioning2_bing.gif trouble shooting and maintenance...

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A few basic principles for air conditioner troubleshooting. For both central home air conditioner or window air conditioner, the first thing to check is whether the unit is getting proper power. If the unit uses 220 volt power be sure that the proper voltage is getting to the unit. Same for 110 volt units. A voltage meter can be used to assure that the voltage is correct.

For window air conditioning units the voltage can also be checked before and after the thermostat. If voltage is being supplied to the thermostat but not from it then the thermostat probably needs replaced. This is a fairly common problem. Another place to check is the fan motor voltage. The fan on window air conditioners runs both the indoor blower and the condenser fan. If that motor fails than the compressor may run for a short time, but will overheat and shut off. Continued operation like this will result in compressor failure. This motor can be economically replaced for larger window air conditioners, but for smaller ones the cost of replacement will be more than a new unit.

Central air conditioners for the home are more complex and there are more things that can go wrong. As with the window air conditioner the thermostat can also be a problem. The central air conditioner thermostat will only have 24 volts going to it. So don't look for high voltage there. Some units the voltage will be coming from the outdoor unit and others the voltage will be supplied by the indoor air handler or furnace. Most home central air conditioning will be supplied by the indoor air handler or the furnace. If the air conditioner is for cooling only the unit will usually have only two wires going to the condenser unit. Make sure that you have 24 volts across those wires.

The next thing to check will be the indoor blower. If your thermostat is calling for cooling then the indoor blower should be running. If there is no air moving across the indoor cooling coil then you will soon have a big block of ice formed on the coil. This can happen for a few reasons. The indoor blower is not working, the air flow is restricted and not allowing air to move across the coil. A clogged air filter would also do this. Or the outdoor condenser unit has lost the charge of refrigerant.

Finally and worst of all is when you have a complete compressor failure. Often when this happens the compressor will "lock up" or not be able to turn when power is supplied to it. Overheating or lack of lubrication are usually the main causes of compressor failure. Overheating can be caused by the outdoor coil around the compressor getting clogged with dirt, leaves, or grass. Loss of the refrigerant charge will also cause the compressor to overheat. It is the cool return gas coming back to the compressor that helps to keep it from overheating.

As you can see there are many things that can go wrong with an air conditioner and I have not come close to exhausting the possibilities here. I have just touched on the most common problems in a very basic way.
There are some basic trouble shooting things that can be done very easily. Most problems are above out of the range of comfort for many homeowners and professional help should be consulted before any attempt is made at repairs. Remember also, that the release of refrigerant gases into the atmosphere is a federal offense in the
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