Question about Whirlpool ACQ158XP Wall/Window Air Conditioner
If the AC is coming on with no air output the problem is that although the compressor is running - the fan motor is not.
This can be because of a 'switch' malfunction, a wire burnt into, a bad fan capacitor or a bad motor.
Of the four possibilities the easiest two to identify are the 'wire that has burnt into,' and a bad fan capacitor. A wire that is burnt into is obvious and so is (sometimes) a bad fan capacitor. A fan capacitor which btw - is a little module (usually gray or silver in color) with wires attached to it. I would check all my wires to it and to the fan motor and anywhere else I could in the unit. Also examine the fan capacitor itself - looking for burnt damage or a 'bulge' in the module which are direct symptoms of a bad fan capacitor.
If it's the capacitor you can remove it making sure you mark your wires in such a way you can connect them up after acquiring a new capacitor.
You can buy capacitors at any Air Conditining Supply house - and they will run about $15-$25 or less.
A bad motor is usually indicated by the motor 'not starting/running' and/or 'the motor being hot to the touch' - there's not much that can be done these days if the motor is bad but replace it. And unless you're really mechanicaly inclined and have plenty of specility tools I would not attempt it. A Service Tech is the best bet here, and you're looking at a repair bill of around $150-$250.
A 'switch' problem is really not that likely but for a nominal fee (usually around $35-$50 you can buy a switch and change out the old one. Like I said this is not likely the problem and I would probably not do this on a hunch.
Posted on May 09, 2010
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
if you used it alot, i would check it for freon.
checkthe air filter, make sure it's not dirty.
check the front panel, make sure there's no "ice/frost" in the unit.
Posted on Jun 30, 2008
These will defrost themselves automatically when they need to - internal sensors. If it is icing up at all in cooling, then the charge is wrong. Units such as this are very sensitive to incorrect charge, so I would recommend that you have a qualified tech come out, recover all the freon and weigh in the correct charge. If this is a "new" problem, then a leak check/locate would be in order.
Posted on Sep 01, 2009
possibly have a capacitor out on the compressor side of the a/c Since the unit works and its only blowing air the compressor isn't kicking in. The capacitor boosts the compressor to activate the compressor. I would have the capacitor to the compressor replaced first before going any further.
Good luck on your repair
Posted on Oct 17, 2009
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