Summer is here, and with it comes air conditioning. Climate control is a big part of staying comfortable during the summer months, but not all air conditioners will perform well for the entire season. If your GE air conditioner beeps but does not turn ON, it can be frustrating to try and fix on your own.
Air conditioners can be a big help to home owners and businesses in the summer months, with their ability to cool off even the largest spaces. However, if you are among the unlucky ones whose air conditioner goes out in the middle of a heat wave, you will know how devastating this can be, especially if you have been without one for several days or weeks.
What could be more frustrating than your air conditioner not turning on? Even though it’s a hassle to have to call the repairman, knowing why your system is malfunctioning can help make the situation easier. When your air conditioner fails to turn on, there are several probable culprits to consider.
A GE air conditioner that beeps but doesn’t turn on probably means the control board that runs the system had gone bad.
In this post, we’ll help you determine what a GE air conditioner beeping means. We’ll also give you some basic troubleshooting tips that can solve the problem quickly and easily.
GE Air Conditioner Beeps But Doesn’t Turn ON – Troubleshoot And Diagnosis
If your GE air conditioner starts making a beeping noise, don’t worry – it’s actually a good sign! This sound indicates that the unit has power and is functioning properly. Here’s a quick guide to what the different beeps mean:
- One Beep
If your device is plugged in and receiving power, the LED lights on the display panel should turn on briefly to indicate this, followed by the ’88’ sign appearing for two seconds.
If there is a power outage, you will hear one beep as the unit restarts. The ’88’ sign will flash and the ac LED lights on the display should turn on.
One beep will sound when a button on either the control panel or the remote is pressed.
- Two Beeps
The air conditioner button was pressed but it failed to work. This may be due to a problem with the control panel or remote.
- Continuous Beep
An Air conditioner’s continuous beeping sound means a problem with one or several parts. This could mean the electronic control board, fan motor, compressor, or capacitor is giving out
During operation, air conditioners can make a variety of noises. Most of them are normal — for example, you may hear a motor running or humming. However, if the unit is making other types of sounds, like banging or chirping noises, it could mean that the unit is not working properly. In this case, you should always call professional technicians who handle GE appliance repair services to fix your problem.
If your air conditioner is beeping but not turning on, there could be a few different explanations. Perhaps you turned on the unit, heard a beep, but the system didn’t power up. In another scenario, you may have turned on the unit and it beeped, but the system powered up for only a few seconds before shutting off again.
There are a few reasons why your air conditioner might be behaving this way.
1. Reset The GE Air Conditioner
Resetting a thermostat is a more efficient way of troubleshooting than simply replacing parts.
While resetting an air conditioner may not fix major issues, it can resolve minor electrical and internal problems and glitches. If a system is ‘confused’ or malfunctioning, resetting the unit might bring it back to its default setting, allowing you to quickly get your unit up and running once again.
There are a few ways to reset your air conditioner, depending on the model.
You can either do a soft reset, which involves cutting off power to the unit and then restarting it, or a heard reset, which simply requires you to press a button.
To reset a GE air conditioner unit, turn off the unit, unplug it from the power outlet, and flip the circuit breaker switch to the off position for five to ten minutes. After that, plug in the unit and turn it back on.
Do a hard reset — Many modern air conditioners have a button to reset the thermostat. It’s usually red, and it may be labeled with words like “Reset,” “Refresh,” or simply “Power.” If you can’t find it on your AC, just consult the user manual.
Always make sure that your cool unit is completely powered off before you attempt maintenance. Shut down the thermostat and turn off the AC system. Press the reset button and hold it for 5 seconds. Let several minutes pass by before switching back on, just to be safe.
Note: If your air conditioner doesn’t have a reset button, there are still a few things you can try to get it working again. First, unplug the unit and wait a few minutes before plugging it back in. This can sometimes reset the system.
2. Check Power Supply
It’s important to make sure the air conditioner is receiving power before making your final judgment on the control board. Ensure that all cords are securely plugged in and check the circuit breaker to ensure it hasn’t been tripped.
To ensure that your air conditioner is receiving power, you should: Turn the switch to the “ON” position. Plug in your unit into a working outlet. Set the thermostat settings to your desired temperature and mode of function (cooling, heating).
Check that the outlet you are using works by plugging another electrical device into it. If the current circuit interrupter safety feature on your cord requires testing and resetting each month, press the test and reset buttons next to where you plug in your air conditioner.
If your air conditioner has a built-in circuit interrupter safety feature, first test it and then press the reset button. This will allow you to check that the GCI is working as expected.
One reason air con units don’t turn on is the low voltage supply. Your unit requires electricity, which it converts into cold air you can use in your home.
The standard requirement for most units is between 208 and 240 volts. To easily check the power supply, you can simply use a voltmeter — an instrument specially made to measure the electric current of a circuit. This will help you determine if your unit is receiving enough energy.
3. Check Error Codes
The error codes you’ll encounter most often with your GE AC unit will be found in the controller on the front of your device. During operation, a red LED light will flash and an audible beep with each code that appears on the digital display for several seconds before continuing to operate normally.
Like most electronic devices, GE air conditioners are programmed with error codes that indicate if the machine is functioning correctly. When you encounter an error code, your best bet is to look up the meaning of it online — there’s a good chance someone else encountered the same problem and wrote about how to solve it.
There are dozens of potential error codes that can appear when using a GE air conditioner, many of which will require you to contact customer support to address. If you’re unsure what an error code means, you can easily ask them for additional information and they’ll be able to walk you through how to fix the problem.
4. Reset The Circuit Breaker
If your air conditioning unit is not turning on, you may be thinking that something is wrong with the machine. In the vast majority of cases, however, ACs break down because of problems with a circuit breaker. If your AC does not respond when you turn it on, first check to see whether or not you have a tripped breaker for that part of the house.
In some cases, you may need to reset the circuit breaker or fuse that feeds electricity to your unit in order to turn it on. The process is simple: all you need do is flip the switch and let it cool down for a few minutes before turning it back on.
5. Clean Or Replace The Filters
An air conditioner that won’t turn on is a big problem for customers, especially when it’s scorching hot outside. In fact, one of the main reasons this happens is due to a clogged filter. When filters are restricted by even the smallest particle, they can prevent an air conditioner from operating properly due to the lack of airflow. A dirty or cracked filter will also negatively affect performance and lifespan — leading to higher energy bills and shorter equipment life.
With dirty filters, you won’t get your cooling dollars’ worth.
Be sure to clean or replace your filters regularly — at least once every two months — and give your cooling system a healthy boost.
Replace your air conditioner filter every 2 weeks if you live in an area with a lot of pollution or a lot of dust. However, replacing the filter is often one of the least pleasant parts of being responsible for your own AC unit. If you have reusable filters, start by giving them a good soak with soap and water. If they’re not reusable, change the filters when you normally would — or whenever the manufacturer recommends.
6. Check The Warranty
Your GE air conditioner unit may be under warranty, which could mean that it’s still eligible for replacement.
If you have any reason to suspect the performance of your air conditioning unit, there are several actions you can take — from scheduling an in-person visit from a mechanic to dealing with GE customer service and safety in a roundabout way.
7. A Defective Control Board
The most common reason for an air conditioner to freeze up or stop working entirely is a faulty main control board. The board, which can be found in the front of the unit, houses the main parts of the system — including the compressor and a device that meters refrigerant into the air ducts.
Frequent and lengthy beeps are not the only sign of a faulty control board. A faulty control board will also experience core, component, or compressor failure — which all mean that the air conditioner won’t turn on, even if it beeps at all.
This is because the control board which comunicates instructions to the other components of the unit isn’t sending those orders yet — in this case, the board has failed to send those instructions.
You may have problems with your air conditioning unit if the microchips on the control board are corroded due to moisture and temperature changes.
Moisture can get on the microchips through fingerprints, and corrosion can occur when water gets into the small cracks in your house’s walls and flooring that you cannot see. The corrosion spreads very quickly once it starts, so you should take urgent action.
Using a protective coat to protect the control board of your GE air conditioner is vital. A corroded or unprotected control board can cause your unit to overheat, even shut down. GE developed a unique coating that prevents moisture buildup and corrosion on the main circuit board
If your home air conditioning system is beeping and won’t turn on, the issue is probably a faulty control board. A GE technician can identify which component is malfunctioning and help you get it up and running again as quickly as possible.
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