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When turned on, lights come on, but will not blow...

I just installed a used Whirlpool ACQ122XK airconditioner, that has been stored for about a year. Anyways, I turned the unit on before I inserted it into its housing unit and it worked just fine. Then I inserted it into the housing unit and ran it for about 10 minutes and it ran fine, but the front radiator looking piece was sort of grimy, so I turned it off and vacuumed it, even though the bottom of it was sort of wet. I did not bend any of the aluminum pieces or anything, but now it won't turn on. When I turn the unit on, the lights come on and it sounds like it is going to start blowing, but then it clicks, behind the "power square" with the on/off switch and the cool/fan speeds, and the blower turns back off. Then about 30 seconds-1 minute, it clicks again, like if the blower is going to come back on, but then it clicks again and turns off. I have tried to unplug it and let it set for 3-5 minutes and try it again, but it does the same thing over. Do I need a new unit or is this a minor problem that can be fixed? Or even a solution, that I can possibly try, that might make it work? Thank you for any help that I can get!!!

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First off, I dont think you caused this problem by vacuuming the unit. It is possible that you did not leave much time before restarts but you then said you tried leaving it off for 5 minutes which should be adequate enough. f you let the unit set for a couple of hours before a restart that should be enough time for the compressor to cool down to ambient temp. I would then try restarting the unit, if it works leave it on for a while and make sure it is producing enough cooling. If there is no change in the situation I would suggest that it would need to come back out of the housing and check that the compressor is receiving voltage to it. It is possible a start capacitor or relay is the cause of the problem. If it started first time I would suggest it is worth having it checked by a professional as it could be the charge or the starting devices. First off though let it completely cool down and try again. Hope this is of some help.

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