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Isn't running properly

Unit is powered up and turned on. Fan is set on"continuous" as is running. Every 15-20 seconds, there's a whirring sound like something else (compressor?) is trying to start up and then it clicks off. Advice welcome.

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  • Tom Feller Apr 04, 2007

    Fan is set on "continuous" AND is running.

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Probably is compressor. there is an overload which detects high heat and excess current. that is what is clicking. the only way to be sure is to access compressor and see if power is present or get you ear as close as poss and be sure it is compressor clicking

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