On 3/20/2012 9:23 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
The thermostat on your AC is designed to cut off the compressor when the
indoor temp is below a certain temperature. In this case that is the
outdoor temp, so if it was cooler than say 65 outside, it won't run. The
fan may run, but not the compressor.
So, what happens if you bypass the thermostat? Because heat pump
temperatures are much lower than when you are air conditioning, pumping
heat from an already cool place will drive the evaporator below
freezing, and freeze up the coils.
Heat pumps have a defrost cycle (a temporary reversal usually) to
counter the evaporator freezing. Your window AC does not.
Note that window ACs usually have bent over fins, from handling. What
could have been a good AC won't work well with obstructed air flow
through the condenser. Fixing fins and cleaning coils is basic maintenance.
Use your AC for what it was designed for. Get a space heater.
It does work, but not as well as I
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