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Tarheel Technician

Whirlpool A/C

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I have a Whirlpool a/c, model # ACQ142XJ0  that cools, but not cool enough. The air coming out is about 60 degrees. The coils on the front get cool but they don't frost. The thermostat checks out good. It cycles on and off like normal.

I put an amprobe on it and when the compressor comes on, it draws about 14 amps. It slowly draws more and more amps, within about 5 minutes it's drawing 20 amps.

Seems to me that the compressor is going bad. Am I correct?? Thanks for any help.

And by the way, around what temp. should the air coming out of the a/c be?......just for future reference.

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What is the amps on the model number tag, that sure sounds like too many amps for a 14,000 btu unit. Should be around 12 or so.  See if the inside of the back coil is clogged with dirt as this will cause the unit to not cool well and make the amp draw rise, these have to be cleaned every year.  the front coil would only get frosty if it was low on freon, you do not want frosty, should be cold and sweaty all the way back to the compressor.  These should put out about 52-58 degrees, so 60 might not be far off if the coils in the a/c were clogged.  Clean the unit and then see what the temps and amps are.  If this does have a compressor going out it should have a 5 year warranty from when you bought it.

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The amps on the model number tag is 12. Thanks for the info!

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;)  Welcome...

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Start with a good thorough gleaning. Take it out side, take the outer case off, and wash it out with a hose. Do both sets of coils.

Also, inspect your plug and receptice for signs of heat , replace if they look discolored.

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If the condenser looks like it has a dog blanket of dirt on it, I usually take it to the car wash. Does wonders for a dirty a-c. Just be careful not to aim at the fan motor though. Look on the blade side of the condenser for the dirt.

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The car wash is a great idea when they are real dirty, it does a great job.

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