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My Amana Cool Zone stopped blowing cool air. I live on the 3rd floor in a small apartment and getting the A/C in the window and installed was a chore on its own. The unit stays in the window year round because I don't have a place to store it.

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    joecoolvette Aug 22, 2010

    The unit needs to be cleaned. Remove it from the window, take it to an area where you can wash the fins off with a garden hose. Yes, I read what you stated. Third floor, chore installing. Been there, I have the T-shirt. Unit sitting on driveway, or up on sawhorses, the case cover needs to be removed. Probably four screws on the back, two in the front. Once the cover is removed, all aluminum fins you see are squirted with a steady stream of water, ensuring all dirt, and dust is removed from in-between the fins. Unit is tilted, and drained. Let it dry. Reinstall the case cover, reinstall in your window. I know it may sound ludicrous to use water on a unit that plugs into electricity. Bear in mind that the unit is allowed to dry for a period of a few hours, in the hot sun, and also when it rains, guess what gets wet? The first time I was shown this by a motel owner, I thought the gentleman was crazy. Nope, works great every time. Have used this method for years now on my own personal stuff. (Suggest you obtain a dolly, and two guy's with size 5 hats, and 44 jumpers, to help you)

  • joannealyse Aug 22, 2010

    Thanks. I don't have a garden hose or access to one, but if I' m able to get this unit to my fire escape, would buckets of water work? I'm in NYC in a old building without an elevator and an absent super. Should I just buy new one and pay for delivery and installation?

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    joecoolvette Aug 22, 2010

    Appreciate your response joannealy. Would like to state that Heatman 101 is the absolute Expert in this field, IMHO. Boy you're in a pickle. Yes, of course purchasing a new unit, and having it installed is the best solution, IMHO. It isn't cost effective however, and money doesn't grow on trees. It is effective on saving your back muscles from possibly being strained, and peace of mind with a warranty, should problems occur with the unit. Buckets of water from the third floor of a fire escape. "Look out below!" lol! It really needs to be water under pressure. I suppose one could use a type of thin duster to dislodge the heavy 'gunk' in-between the fins, and then follow with buckets of water. Not a very professional approach at all, and can't guarantee the outcome.
    If funds are available to purchase a new unit, have it delivered, and installed, this IMHO is the way to go.



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