Constant beeping is not normal. Think about it. Some ACs will beep whenever you press a button or activate a function. But a continuous beeping is usually a sign of trouble. You should identify and eliminate the culprit before a more severe challenge arises.
One study from Tokyo City University and the University of Tokyo found that residential air conditioners last an estimated ten years. But you can drastically lower a GE air conditioner’s lifespan if you allow errors and malfunctions to persist. Keep an eye out for the following:
1). Some Models Beep When A Power Outage Occurs
You can’t do anything if the outage originates from a general blackout. However, sometimes the fault lies with a defective breaker, an overloaded electrical system, and broken wires.
Regardless of the reason, the AC will beep until you take action. That said, the sensor that responds to a power outage can malfunction. If you’ve reset the breakers and restored the power, but the beeping has continued, investigate the sensor.
2). Excess Condensation
Condensation is part and parcel of a GE unit’s operations. You can’t avoid it, and for the most part, it isn’t a big deal. However, excess condensation should worry you because it will corrode the air conditioner’s metallic components.
Excess condensation has numerous sources, including low refrigerant levels and a faulty condensate pump. Air conditioners have drainage systems that carry the condensation out of the unit. However, the drain line can clog. The air conditioner will warn you by beeping incessantly.
3). Dirty Filter
The filter is vital to your AC’s operations. Why? Because the GE AC influences your home’s air quality. You need a filter to remove impurities. Home Serve wants consumers to check the filter at least once a month.
If you forget, the GE AC may remind you by beeping. This is not a guarantee. It depends on the model. Some units track the filter’s usage. They can’t tell that the filter is clogged. However, they expect you to clean or replace it once a specific period elapses.
A faulty sensor may compel the GE AC to beep even though you cleaned or replaced the dirty filter.
Beeping can point to a glitch. Modern appliances are prone to glitches because they have sophisticated functions. Most of them have circuit boards. Therefore, you can’t rule out glitches. Fortunately, glitches rarely cause permanent harm.
5). Defective Circuit Board
The control board can go bad because of wear and tear. Remember that circuit boards run everything in the air conditioner. Therefore, they can disrupt the unit’s operations when they fail. Sonic Manufacturing Technologies believes printed circuit boards can remain in operation for 70 years in ideal circumstances.
But the circumstances under which circuit boards operate are rarely ideal. Open the AC and check for burn marks, scratches, bulges, and the like. An air conditioner with a bad control board will manifest heating, cooling, and defrosting issues.
GE air conditioners can self-diagnose. They have error codes that flash when things go wrong. Sometimes, beeping will accompany those error codes to let you know that something has gone wrong.
How To Fix GE Window Air Conditioner That Keeps Beeping?
- Start by checking the display. Which error codes do you see? Error codes will simplify the troubleshooting process. ACs can beep because of various faults, including frozen evaporator coils, refrigerant leaks, dirty condenser coils, electrical faults, and more. In most cases, finding and fixing these issues will eliminate the beeping.
- Perform a reset to combat glitches. Home Alliance recommends turning the appliance off, waiting five minutes, and turning it back on. You can also hold the reset button for five seconds. Where necessary, you can perform a hard reset by unplugging the GE air conditioner.
- Make sure the unit has a reliable power supply. Is the plug firm in the wall outlet? Did you reset the circuit breaker? If you notice voltage fluctuations from the grid, call the energy company. Ask them to send an expert to resolve the malfunction.
- Replace defective wall outlets. This assumes that you’re using a wall outlet. Technically, a GE air conditioner can run on an extension cord. The key is to get the appropriate gauge. However, extension cords are not only dangerous but unreliable, which is why manufacturers warn against their use. If you routinely plug the AC into an extension cord, switch to a wall outlet.
- Give the air conditioner a dedicated circuit to avoid overloading.
- If you’re using a generator, make sure the generator’s output exceeds the air conditioner’s electrical requirements.
- Clean the filter as frequently as the manual recommends. Don’t forget that many air conditioners don’t track the air quality. Their primary concern is the duration that elapses before you replace the filter. Cleaning or replacing the filter as frequently as the manual suggests will prevent the GE AC from beeping in the first place.
- Hire an expert to check and replace defective sensors. Don’t disassemble the air conditioner yourself. The practice is dangerous for laypeople.
- Find and fix the factors responsible for the excess condensation. That includes adding more refrigerant, replacing a corroded drain pan, and unblocking a clogged drain line.
- Replace a defective control board. If the board failed because of a surge or short circuit, identify and fix the cause of the short circuit. Many consumers blame surges on the grid. However, surges can also occur because of heavy-duty items in your home, particularly devices with motors whose electrical draw increases prominently when they cycle on.
- Try disabling the beeping. If you check the manual, it may show you how to mute the sound. This is not a good idea because air conditioners beep when things go wrong. Muting the beeping won’t fix the problem. But if you need peace of mind while you work to fix the error, disabling the beeping makes sense.
- Replace an old and worn-out GE air conditioner.