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Post# 999369   7/5/2018 at 10:14 by Reversajet (Westchester, NY)        

This 220V unit was installed thru-the-wall probably in the ‘70s and until now performed well. This a.m. I came to find it had blew a fuse during the night. Once rebooted on startup the compressor sprung to life but the fan sounded slow on all 3 speeds, say about 300 rpm rather than the high pitched roar I was used to. I shut it off rather than wait for another incident.
Question, is this a capacitor issue for the blower or could more testing be involved. It is inconveniently mounted head height, and self service would be precarious by myself. Since it would seem to be inefficient by today’s standards, should I just remove and replace, assuming a similar size unit could be located? It also doesn’t feel to be as “ice-cold” as the Fedders I remember from that era.


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Post# 999388 , Reply# 1   7/5/2018 at 12:19 by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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most likely a capacitor...…

you always have to factor in, in your case, your going to have to hire someone to pull the unit, and replace the capacitor...…

in which the diagnosis may come back of more issues, and not worth investing for repairs.....yet you still have a service charge...

or, purchase a new unit, which may be more efficient, but you have to factor in, price of product and installation...


I somewhat fall into your same boat, as I have a 30,000btu unit, not on it last leg yet, but at 24 years old, will eventually give out....granted I have the ability and help to install this myself...

some of the big questions are:

buy one now, or wait until it gives out, and then scramble to find a replacement in stock....stores are selling out as we speak...

I am not wild about the new digital units....as with things today, most reviews are from people who aren't getting much longevity out of these new designed units...

I do know one thing, for the coldest air, get one with the lowest EER rating...and buy a unit with a higher BTU than what is recommended for your area to cool...

I too would like to get a Fedders unit, not even sure if they are still available...Frigidaire looks about the best choice, Friedrich KUHL are supposed to be built really well, but at a price tag to go alone with it...

can't say I am at all wild about todays Haier Styrofoam units, yet I have an older one that works superb, if I could only find another like it...


good luck, and keep us posted on your progress....


Post# 999453 , Reply# 2   7/5/2018 at 20:33 by Gyrafoam (Roanoke, VA)        

Back in the day an Air Temp "window-shaker" was a superb unit. The ones in a Chrysler could freeze a person out of the car. My folks had a central Air-Temp unit at the house that could turn home into a meat locker every summer. Loved it!

The old GE units had weak blowers but the air they pumped out was so cold it dropped to the floor like liquid nitrogen. Superb cooling.

Had a huge Frigidaire window shaker early seventies mod at. Had a powerful fan -and blasted the front half of a large house with very cold air,


Post# 999455 , Reply# 3   7/5/2018 at 20:53 by superocd (PNW)        

I have to laugh at the styrofoam evaporator chambers of the Walmart specials on the shelves (actually, even the "better" ones sold elsewhere seem to have them too). Evaporator chambers used to be made out of sheet aluminum or galvanized steel with foam insulation in between.

The styrofoam evap chambers are visible if you look through the slats on top of the unit as well as the sides. The elements will get to it and degrade it for sure. Once that happens, it'll get holes and it's highly touted efficiency will go down the toilet.





Post# 999581 , Reply# 4   7/7/2018 at 00:25 by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
fix it

at all cost, efficiency be damned, no new one will cool like this will


Post# 999587 , Reply# 5   7/7/2018 at 06:01 by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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Also possible that the bearings are getting dry in the fan motor. Some of them are serviceable, with ports for adding oil.





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