Amana Air Conditioner Troubleshooting
November 6, 2017|Posted in: AC repair
I need your advice regarding Amana air conditioner troubleshooting.
I understand that; Amana’s quality went way downhill after they stopped having the collective make it and letting the cheapest factory do it instead.
How do I troubleshoot the Amana AC I have now?
There’s a 2014 class action lawsuit regarding the evaporator coils being too thin. They corrode and crack.
I heard some of the units had coils in the air handlers too thin as well.
If your unit relatively is working longer and harder to get the same level of cooling, I’d say that the coils are likely to blame. If it is literally freezing over and you’re not running it when it is 60 outside, that might be to blame.
If I was running the AC when it was sixty outside, I would not be surprised if it was recreating a scene from the Frozen movie – and I’d have a totally different problem.
The problem with leaky coils was bad enough for units sold between 2009 on that the manufacturer was giving sellers an allowance to fix them.
I think that was Goodman, and I already know they are not any good.
Goodman makes a lot of air conditioners that get sold under the Amana name.
That explains the decline in quality.
Problems with the start capacitor can be partially mitigated by installing a starter kit.
The thing works intermittently or gives weird error codes.
If it is erroring out after a power outage or power surge like a lightening strike, turn it off, wait five minutes for the power inside to dissipate, then turn it back on.
You’re telling me to reboot my AC.
At least it is a free thing to try before you assume a thousand dollar control panel needs to be replaced.
The control panels are several hundred dollars.
Add in the cost of the guy showing up to trouble shoot it, and it easily costs a thousand dollars.
That better be covered by the warranty.
Amana has very few people who work on their warranty, due to low reimbursement rates. So you’ll find lots of people willing to repair it, if you pay for it out of pocket.
What if the unit is frozen?
Set it to run on just fan mode for a while to thaw out, then turn the AC back on and look for a professional to recharge the refrigerant while you try to find someone to replace the cracked coils, leaking valves or whatever else is wrong.
The compressor might be failing.
Replacing that is approaching the cost of a new AC, though replacing the whole thing with a different model does technically solve your problem.