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Not working A piece of styrofoam actually got cought in the fan motor blade and stopped the blades from spinning. Now the unit overheated, I think, and everything is getting warm inside. Is there a reset button I can put to jump start it again?

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If your fan is not runnig now it would be in your best interest to turn the machine off and call a service company so you don't do any damage to the compressor. you can reset macine back to default setting by turning the rf off for 4 min then turning it back on. if that does not get your fan running turn it off until a tech looks at it

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