Window air conditioner symptoms

When your window air condition is running but not cooling, not running at all or leaking water inside the house, you'll need to take action fast. Our symptoms and troubleshooting solutions guide you through the steps to fix any window air conditioner failure. Get the repair parts you need by entering the part number or your air conditioner model number in the search bar. Follow the steps in the window air conditioner repair guides to install replacement parts and get the AC working again.

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Symptoms common to all window air conditioners

Choose a symptom to see related window air conditioner repairs.

Main causes: bad compressor, lack of refrigerant, bad compressor start relay, electronic control board failure
Main causes: turning the air conditioner off and the back on too quickly, dirty or restricted condenser coil, compressor failure
Main causes: dirty air filter, air conditioner is too small for the room, temperature set too cold, control failure
Main causes: clogged drain hole, air conditioner not leveled properly
Main causes: clogged condensate drain, air conditioner not leveled properly, leaky window air seals
Main causes: lack of electrical power, bad electronic control board, wiring failure, bad temperature sensor

Repair guides for window air conditioners

These step-by-step repair guides will help you safely fix what’s broken on your window air conditioner.

How to replace a window air conditioner ambient thermistor

If your window air conditioner isn’t cooling properly, it might need a new ambient thermistor. You can replace it yourself following these instructions.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 45 minutes or less
How to replace a window air conditioner user interface control board

Control buttons or lights on the user interface control board can stop working. This repair guide shows how to replace it.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less
How to replace a window air conditioner electronic control board

The electronic control board is the brain of your window air conditioner. Here’s how to replace it.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 45 minutes or less

Articles and videos for window air conditioners

Use the advice and tips in these articles and videos to get the most out of your window air conditioner.

October 26, 2016

How to repair broken or damaged wires video

By Sears PartsDirect staff

Learn how to repair broken, frayed or damaged wires in your appliances.

January 20, 2015

How to fix a smelly room air conditioner

By Sears PartsDirect staff

Learn how to remove and prevent odors in a window air conditioner.

December 22, 2014

Room air conditioner installation and operation tips

By Sears PartsDirect staff

Window air conditioner installation tips.