220 AC Dangerous Now?
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220 AC Dangerous Now? (by AllyM [NJ]) Jun 15, 2019 6:51 AM
       220 AC Dangerous Now? (by Tony [NJ]) Jun 15, 2019 7:55 AM
       220 AC Dangerous Now? (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Jun 15, 2019 9:17 AM
       220 AC Dangerous Now? (by AllyM [NJ]) Jun 15, 2019 12:15 PM
       220 AC Dangerous Now? (by myob [GA]) Jun 15, 2019 2:58 PM
       220 AC Dangerous Now? (by Landlord ofthe Flies [TX]) Jun 15, 2019 3:20 PM
       220 AC Dangerous Now? (by AllyM [NJ]) Jun 15, 2019 6:52 PM
       220 AC Dangerous Now? (by Travis [OK]) Jun 16, 2019 1:22 PM
       220 AC Dangerous Now? (by AllyM [NJ]) Jun 16, 2019 6:56 PM

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220 AC Dangerous Now? (by AllyM [NJ]) Posted on: Jun 15, 2019 6:51 AM
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So 220 window unit breaker went off last week. Electrician checked out situation and reset it for me. Has breaker on plug. Kind person here told me how to reset it with a pencil top. Have not used it for several days due to cold weather. Looked at it last night and breaker off again. It rained hard the day before. I reset the breaker, plugged it in and it came on for 10 seconds and unit went off. I pushed power button and it came on and ran. Last week during rain I heard pop pop noises like hailstones hitting it. It was off. Next morning it was not working at breaker. So rain on Thursday and Friday AM and now it didn't work last night. I am going to buy a new one this morning. Before it is delivered, I can plug this in again and use it. I will unplug it if I leave the house. I am going to put a rubber mat over the top of it outside to keep out any rain and then remove the mat before use. How dangerous does all this sound to you folks who handle ACs a lot or work on them?

--173.61.xxx.xx




220 AC Dangerous Now? (by Tony [NJ]) Posted on: Jun 15, 2019 7:55 AM
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Based on your rain story it sounds like water (possibly from windy rain blowing in through outside vent grille) has created a shock hazard. The "breaker" is actually a GFI plug which limited your danger. Unit MIGHT be reparable but it's best left to an expert. If it's old money is better spent on the new one you ordered. --73.112.xx.xxx




220 AC Dangerous Now? (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Posted on: Jun 15, 2019 9:17 AM
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It's time to stop using it. Don't fool around with electricity. If it isn't working, get it fixed because it can be dangerous when it isn't working correctly. --98.146.xxx.xxx




220 AC Dangerous Now? (by AllyM [NJ]) Posted on: Jun 15, 2019 12:15 PM
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I ordered a new one and it is coming on Tuesday. I got a door mat at the hardware store and I am going to put it on top of the unit when rain is expected. Hopefully I can still plug it back in if it gets too hot in the room. I have an 8000 in the kitchen window and a portable I can plug in and vent into the door that goes to the basement. I might be able to vent it out a window if I move a bunch of stuff. They all say 230 now and not 220 so I called the electrician and he said it's OK. I should have done this when the mini split died since this thing is five years old. Unused but five years covered with plastic in winter and in the rain in summer is not ideal. --173.61.xxx.xx




220 AC Dangerous Now? (by myob [GA]) Posted on: Jun 15, 2019 2:58 PM
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Ally no matter 110 or 220- if it keeps tripping something is wrong-- fix or get new. Why take a change -- you or someone could get electrocuted or house burn down? --99.103.xxx.xxx




220 AC Dangerous Now? (by Landlord ofthe Flies [TX]) Posted on: Jun 15, 2019 3:20 PM
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Do you have problems with outlet if AC unplugged? If so, water could be getting into your conduit or outlet cover/box but I doubt it would spark at that point. It would just trip the plug.

--108.69.xxx.xxx




220 AC Dangerous Now? (by AllyM [NJ]) Posted on: Jun 15, 2019 6:52 PM
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Thank you. I will not attempt to plug it in again. I will use the portable roll around in that room. It's a 220 outlet so I have nothing else to plug in there to test the outlet. Nothing else is having issues in the 110 plugs. The mini split went bad and that is on the same 220 line but is wired directly into the house through a gray box with fuses in it. The breaker is divided in two slots or whatever, I don't know how to explain that. The window unit is not tripping the main breaker just it's own breaker. I think I heard it trip the other night even though it was not running. It sounded like an animal jumped onto the AC unit outside. .The installer for the York minisplit came out and saw the error code was E6. He went to his truck to look it up and ran back in and said he had an emergency call and had to reschedule. Do I believe that or is E6 scary? --173.61.xxx.xx




220 AC Dangerous Now? (by Travis [OK]) Posted on: Jun 16, 2019 1:22 PM
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I have had several ACís trip because water got into the GFCI on the plug. Loweís sells a GFI replacement, not sure they have a 220v but Iím sure you can find one online. Of course you can order a replacement cord through the manufacture, but they are usually $150-200. For the sake of diagnosing the air conditioner, I personally would remove the GFI plug and install a non-GFI plug, assuming itís on a dedicated circuit and a trustworthy breaker/breaker box. I also wouldnít be touching the AC when I plugged it in. If it tripped the breaker at the box, Iíd put it at the curb. If it worked, Iíd invest in a new GFI cord. My most recent experience with a bad GFI was a situation were the air conditioner iced over and then thawed back out and ran down the cord. The AC iced over because the tenant placed their couch right in front of the intake. I donít know why the GFI wasnít waterproof and thatís something you might consider when replacing the cord. --68.12.xx.xx




220 AC Dangerous Now? (by AllyM [NJ]) Posted on: Jun 16, 2019 6:56 PM
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Thank you Travis. I didn't plug it back in at all and it will be leaving on Tuesday when the appliance place brings a new one. I also bought a roll around that has a tube going out the window. I fixed it up to run today and it just ran for about two hours and even though its only 8k btu it cooled the whole first floor. I am wondering though if a critter will try to force it's way in tonight with the partly open storm window. I think these are probably better on a second floor. --173.61.xxx.xx



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