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    My turn to whine

    The small window AC unit in the shop died. Refuses to start now and it's in the upper 90's here! Talked to my HVAC buddy and he says they are disposable and not worth fixing most times. It has a touch pad control and since it was working this morning, we are guessing it went bad. It simply does nothing now.

    In our discussion he made a comment that I am sure he wouldn't say to 99% of his clients. But he pointed out that I could straight wiring it. He said I might want to just bypass the controls. All I needed was power to the compressor and the fan(s). Since I just use it a couple hours at a time, just hot wire it and unplug it when I was done. I like that idea.
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    Would you like some crackers and cheese?

    I've done things like that.

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    That would work. Just be sure to unplug it before working on it. DAMHIKT.

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    Un plug and replug again. Sometimes......


    If you hot wire it you will bypass the thermostat and all parts will run non stop.
    Good luck.
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    Well it worked this morning..... for a while. Then it died again. Then it ran, then it died again. Controls are shot for sure. I simply did as my buddy suggested and bypassed the controls. We could add a thermostat on the wall pretty simply. But I typically run it 2 to 3 hours a day and it never cycles off anyway. Saturdays or on an off day off it runs all day. But again, it never gets it cold enough to shut down in hot weather. If it dies, I will just have to buy another one. But it's cooling again, now I can work!
    God grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway,
    the good fortune to run into the ones I do,
    and the eyesight to tell the difference.


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    I would think it's a pretty good time of year to replace an AC, summer is over for retail, heck it's time to start setting up Christmas displays
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    Alan DuBoff is offline Former Member (by the member's request)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Brown View Post
    summer is over for retail, heck it's time to start setting up Christmas displays
    Not to dispute that, but it is August, which IMO is traditionally the hottest month of the year in the U.S., humidity is also the highest in far away places like Alabama, Georgia, Carolinas, etc...

    It's been about 70-80 degrees out here on the west coast, but fortunately we don't have much in the way of that humidity...

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