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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
If your unit runs but does not cool, you have a "sealed system" issue. Either you are low on refrigerant which would be evident by frost build-up near the area where the freon first enters the evaporator plate. (lower middle, then travels left) or the compressor has lost the ability to develop the necessary differential pressure. You do not want to run the unit like that...you can **** in contaminants that will harm the compressor if you already haven't. You should contact a servicer to get it repaired. If you are still within the warranty period you should contact the dealer you got it from to initiate service.
Posted on Sep 15, 2009
Your problem seems to be fairly common but you may find a solution on the website at the link below:
I linked to that page because of the recall that affects your model and I suggest you read consider it before you worry any further about the problems you are having. You can link to their home page from the recall message.
Posted on Jan 03, 2010
Testimonial: "thank you for the information I linked to the home page as directed and found the thermistor resistance reading."
There are two main causes for this symtom...
Bad temperature control or low freon condition.
A low freon condition is caused by a leak and evidenced by heavy ice build-up on the left side of the evaporator plate and no to very little ice on the right side. This has to be repaired by fixing the leak and replacing the lost freon.
There are two different control systems used on the 61AR...before 2000 it was an electric-mechanical thermostat that had a sensing bulb exiting the back and routed to the top center of the evpaorator plate to sense plate temperaure. The part number for replacement is 42240590
The second control consists of three parts, a control board (SSAC Control), thermsitor and potentiometer. The most common failure is the thermsitor which senses temperature at the evaporator plate and reports it to the control board by varing it's resistance. You can buy a replacement kit that has all three parts or just the thermsitor from the factory by calling 800-223-3900. Write me a reply note if you need futher troubleshooting help. The thermsitor part number is 42244531 and comes with replacement instructions.
Posted on Jan 17, 2010
SOURCE: Bad thermistor easy to replace?
It is not "easy" but it is not rocket science either. You will have to have the unit pulled out from where it is installed to have access to the back of the unit to replace the thermsitor correctly (it feeds to the back through a hole in the upper right (as seen from the front) and follows the refrigerant tubing to the mechanical area where it connects to the control board on terminal #s 4 and 5. The thermistor itself is connected the the back of the evaporator plate. Depending on what year (and how accurate the assembly was) it should be on the right wing. Sometimes it was connected to the upper middle section of the evaporator plate like it is on the 6CAR. The repair can be done with common hand tools by someone who is average to above average handy. When you order the part, it should come with instructions.
There is short-cut for those units that are hard to remove from where they are installed but should only be used as a last resort since it requires cutting and splicing the thermsitor leads which if not done with care can lead to accelerated failure of the new thermsitor and/or control box.
Drop me a line if you need further assitance. - Subdriver
Posted on Mar 16, 2010
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