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When turning on cool and fan auto a snowflake blinks. My fan does not blow. What does this mean?

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The snow flake blinking usually is an indicator of a delay to prevent short cycling of the condensing unit. Wait for the snow flake to stop blinking, then the unit should start running.

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Hi Markmywords5,

If the fan of your Air Conditioner does not blow, it might caused by bad fan motor or fan wire/switch may not be connected properly. There are several ways on how to check this issue, either you check if the fan motor is already burned out or just check to make sure that the breakers for the furnace/air handler and the air conditioner are on. Here are some steps that you may apply on this issue.

1. Check the breaker. If the breaker is tripped, please reset it by shutting it off and then turning it back on. If it's still tripped, you need to check the wiring in the furnace/air handler for signs of damage.

2. If the breaker is not tripped, then the problem may be your thermostat, the furnace/air handler control board, or the wires between the furnace/air handler and the thermostat.

3. Also please check the contractor. Contractor is a type of switch located in the outdoor unit. Please check if it is "pulled in". If it is pulled in and the motor doesn't spin, you need to replace the motor.

Please leave the power off until the unit is repaired.

Hope it helps.

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Usually blinking means you are in a time delay. Obviously not for three hours but... Turn fan to on position and verify your indoor fan is working. If so check outdoor unit and see if it's running. If no indoor fan turn breaker off, and inside the tstat put the red and green wires together and turn breaker back on. If indoor fan runs you have a bad tstat. Good luck!!

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Try it one more time and set the timer on your smart-phone to ten minutes before you touch it again. If that time elapses and no cooling and it is still flashing there's possibly a problem in the thermostat that will necissitate replacement.

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If the thermostat has a blinking snowflake then it is in time delay mode which sometime can take between 5 to 7 minutes before it will turn the AC and Fan On......Then it will go to a solid snowflake.
When you turned it to fan On it starts the Fan right away..... After the snow flake has went to solid check to see if the fan is running and then look outside to see if the Fan Blade is turning on the AC..... The fan blade comes on the same time as the compressor does. Then with the fan running hold your hand above the air stream above the AC and if you can noticeablely feel warm to hot air comeing out the Top then the compressor is running also. If the outside unit is not running I would check to make sure the Main Breakers are turned ON.... After the AC has ran for a few minutes feel the copper lines that go into the house the smaller line should feel warm to hot and the bigger lines with insulation on it should feel cool to cold and sweating with beads of moisture on it..... That is a quick test to see if the unit is working properly.....If you have a Thermentor and can Check the Temperature of the Return Air and the Supply Air .. You should have about 20 Degree F Between the Supply and Return........ 75* Return - 55* Supply would Equal 20* TD Across the Coil......
That is about all you can do to check on your own....... If the compressor is not coming on or the lines are not the temperature difference then you will need to get professional help for your Air Conditioning System..... Goood Luck Hope this Helps.........

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Ok the snowflake means that the unit is cooling. The sun means that the unit is heating, the raindrop means that the unit is dehumidifying, the fan means that the unit is using the fan only as ventilation without cooling or heating and the funny triangle looking thing is auto mode where the unit sets the mode automatically. The little bar in the middle displays fan speed and the two little arrow things next to it means that the fan is in auto mode where it sets the speed automatically. There I hope that that helps.

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