My mother has this unit in her "in-law suite" and she turns it to "low fan" at night. We don't have the manual so I can't resolve our disagreement about how it works. When the dial is on "fan" does it actually use the heat pump action to cool at times, too, or does it JUST blow air in from the outside without conditioning it in any way? We all agree that if it was on "low cool" then it would be conditioning the air... Also, is it true that the best way to manage one of these units is to keep it at a moderate temp all day (even if you are not home), rather than making it work hard at one point to get the temp back to where you want it?
Hi Laurelrobin, When the unit is on "low fan", it is fan only, and is recirculating room air. If the damper is open, it can also bring in outside air. If the space is not occupied for extended periods, it's OK to turn the unit "OFF", as long as you have a newer unit with Heat Sentinel, and the Heat Sentinel is turned on. Heat Sentinel will not let the room temp get above 85F, as long as the unit is OFF. Also, in most cases it's best to keep the damper closed. You can check your owner's manual for more info on the Heat Sentinel and other auxiliary functions. I also have an article on the temperature limiting functions of the GE Zoneline.
Feel free to contact me at greg.mcnary(at)airdistributors.com if you need further info.
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There is ice forming on the evaporator coils. This is either from a low freon charge or a leak in the seals or windows and doors. Could also be that the drains are not working and water is building up and freezing
Boxes can be a pain. Do you have a Video or Av button on the box that you can try and press.
Sounds like TV is set up Ok otherwise the guide image would not go on the screen. My mother in Laws digital box often gives me curry. (first thing to advise - never buy mother in law technology - the old bag will call your cell phone at all hours to figure out why it isnt working - second words of advise - never give mother in law cell phone number)
First thing to do simply unplug the bloody thing from the power socket to reset it.
Failing this It is often the video mode outputs on the box that are not set up properly. Even though the startup image and guide comes on unless the correct video image output is set up properly you will not be able to view the TV.
I had the same problem with the fan not running and the compressor hard starsting. It turned ouot to be just needing a new capacitor. I also bought a "hard start" unit to hook to the new capacitor to ease the burden of the starting in case there is low voltage to the unit during high usage times. The very first thing I would check would be the capacitor. Don't fool with this yourself unless you first discharge the capacitor, as this is very dangerous unless discharged first.
My fan is doing teh same thing. I have been taking the cover off and spinning the fan blade manually. It takes about 1 minute of constant manual vigorus spinning but as soon as its warmed up the fan blade spins easy and just takes off and starts working. Im sure its not the safest thing to do but it does get the fan running for the rest of the night. Once the fan has been turned off for a while the blade is hard to spin again and I have to start over with teh manual process. I am thinking its the motor being I can manually get it started by spinning the fan blade and think I will check on the cost for a new motor
Four things cause icing up:
( 1 ) Is your filter clean? dirty filter blocks air flow causing iceing up. replace filter
( 2 ) Do you hear the Indoor fan running? If the fans not running the unit ices up. Check Capacitor to fan if good.
Bad fan motor... replace fan motor and cap. If both good
( 3 ) Check Air Handler evap coil if dirty and or clogged, restricts air flow causing unit to ice up. Use toilet brush to clean.
This is always a big possibility if you have pets.
( 4 ) If the above are not present then you are low on refrigerant.
Low refrigerant will cause icing up because the gas does not flash properly. This will require a service tech.
refrigerant leaks can be as simple as a loose cap on the king valve, leaking schrader core, to coil leak.
Have the service tech show you the leak. If it is in a copper line it can be fixed. If the system is over 10 years old limit the amount you want to spend. 10 years is the standard life expectantcy anymore. Good luck
Hi, Sitting for a year or more don't hurt them but bugs dirt and water could. Depending a lot on the size and quality of the unit, there are usually no charge ports on a window unit and the parts and tools to charge it would probably be about the price of a new unit. If the fan motor is running and the compressor is running and it wont cool, I would call around and see what someone would charge to repair the leak and recharge it. The price would be better if you delivered it to their shop for repair. If the fan runs with no compressor, probably needs a thermostat or switch. No fan, Needs a fan motor or has something blocking the fan motor from turning, stick, dirt daubers nest, whatever. In most cases though, if its not a simple fix, A new unit would probably be your best bet. Hope this helps.
I bought one a year ago and never thought it work well in cleaning the air. I get more dust on my counters than collects in the pure-ion. I recently got a letter from an attorney saying they are settling a class action suit on these purifiers because the are not effective. I called brookstone and they said they will refund my money because of the law suit. Good luck.