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Coleman Air Conditioner Won’t Run

The part(s) or condition(s) listed below for the symptom Air Conditioner won’t run are ordered from most likely to least likely to occur. Check or test each item, starting with the items at the top of the page.

Most Frequent Causes for Air Conditioner won’t run

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Cause 1Control Board

The control board regulates the voltage to the compressor and the fan motor. If the control board fails, some components will not function properly or will not work at all. Control boards are often misdiagnosed; make sure to check more commonly defective parts first before replacing the control board.

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Cause 2Main Control Board

The main control board regulates the voltage to the compressor and the fan motor. If the control board fails, some components will not function properly or will not work at all. Control boards are often misdiagnosed; make sure to check more commonly defective parts first before replacing the main control board.

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Cause 3User Control and Display Board

The user control and display board allows the user to operate the unit by selecting fan speeds and cooling temperatures. If the board is defective, the air conditioner may be unable to run. If you've confirmed power it reaching the unit, it's possible the user control and display board is malfunctioning and will need to be replaced.

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Cause 4Selector Switch

The selector switch directs voltage to the fan motor. If the switch is faulty, the fan motor may not turn on and the air conditioner won't run. To determine if the selector switch is at fault, try making selections on the air conditioner’s control board. If the fan runs intermittently after you press a button, replace the selector switch. Additionally, if there is any arcing or smoke coming from the selector switch, replace it.

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Cause 5Incoming Power Problem

Confirm the air conditioner is plugged in and there is power at the wall receptacle. If the wall receptacle is 120 volts, you can plug another small appliance into the receptacle to confirm there is power. For 220 volt units you will need to use a multimeter. If there is no power, confirm the circuit breaker has not tripped. Most air conditioners will have a separate breaker on the power cord plug. Confirm this breaker is not tripped. If the blower motor is working then the unit has power.