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My GE portable a/c will cool when I first turn it on. The compressor kicks on and it cools fine, but after it runs a few minutes it kicks off and never cools again. The fan just runs. It does not appear to be froze up and the filter is clean. It has been about 4 years since it has been used. Does it need freon? Thanks Bill

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I would say that if it starts cooling when it's turned on, then it has freon in it. Sounds more like it's kicking off on high head pressure, meaning the condenser is not getting cooled, head pressure builds up then a safety limit switch shuts it down to save the compressor from burning out.. Is there a condenser fan maybe not operating? or are the condenser coils clogged up with dirt?

Posted on Jul 16, 2010

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Did you find what was wrong? My ge unit has just started doing the same thing. The coils are clean and the filter is too. It runs for about 15 minutes and then goes into fan mode for 5 minutes blowing out warm air. It no longer disperses any condensate out the hose into a bucket anymore. All of this has been happening for the past 2 days.

Posted on Jul 03, 2012

  • Tony Jun 30, 2013

    I had same problem. I cleaned off filter and dusted and wiped the coil good. Then unhooked the lil wire that is either the coil or temp sensor and let it hang there. When I say unhooked, its not disconnected just freely hanging. Works perfect again.

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