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GE AMH06LA Use and Care Manual
UseandCare& Installation Guide
Air Conditioner
Safety Instructions ........................ 2
Problem Solver...............................13
Things that are normal ...............................13
More questions ?…call
Operating Instructions
GE Answer Center® 800.626.2000
Air Direction .................................................... 4
Control Settings......................................... 3, 4
Installation
Care and Cleaning
Air Filter............................................................ 5
Grille and Cabinet .......................................... 5
Outdoor Coils.................................................. 5
Electrical Requirements............................... 6
Extension Cords ............................................. 6
Grounding........................................................ 6
Installation Instructions ........................ 6–12
Window Installation ........................... 7–9
Through-the-Wall Installation ......10–12
Consumer Services ...................15
Appliance Registration................................. 2
Important Phone Numbers........................15
Model and Serial Number Location .......... 2
Warranty ....................................... Back Cover
Models: AMH06
AMH08
This unit is designed for use in a standard
double-hung window. It can also be installed
in a standard sliding window using kit RAK808
(optional slider window installation kit).
GE Appliances
HELP US HELP YOU
Before using your air conditioner,
read this guide carefully.
It will help you operate and maintain your new air
conditioner properly.
Keep it handy for answers to your questions.
If you don’t understand something or need
more help, call:
GE Answer Center®
800.626.2000
24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
If you received a damaged air
conditioner…
Write down the model and serial numbers.
They are on a label on the right hand side of the case
and/or behind the grille on the front end of the base pan.
These numbers are also on the Consumer Product
Ownership Registration Card that came with your air
conditioner. Before sending in this card, please write
these numbers here:
Model Number:
Serial Number:
Use these numbers in any correspondence or service
calls concerning your air conditioner.
Immediately contact the dealer (or builder) that sold
you the air conditioner.
IF YOU NEED SERVICE
To obtain service, see the Consumer Services page in
the back of this guide.
We’re proud of our service and want you to be
pleased. If for some reason you are not happy with the
service you receive, here are three steps to follow for
further help.
FIRST, contact the people who serviced your
appliance. Explain why you are not pleased. In most
cases, this will solve the problem.
NEXT, if you are still not pleased, write all the
details—including your phone number—to:
Manager, Consumer Relations
GE Appliances
Appliance Park
Louisville, KY 40225
FINALLY, if your problem is still not resolved, write:
Major Appliance Consumer Action Panel
20 North Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60606
IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
Read all instructions before using this appliance.
• This air conditioner must be properly installed
in accordance with the Installation Instructions
before it is used.
• Repair or replace immediately all electric
service cords that have become frayed or
otherwise damaged.
2
• Unplug your air conditioner before
making any repairs. NOTE: We strongly
recommend that any servicing be
performed by a qualified individual.
SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS
OPERATING YOUR CONTROLS
Thermostat Control
HI FAN
5
6
LO COOL
7
8
3
LO FAN
O L E R
C O
Cooling with
low fan speed
4
High fan speed–
No cooling
2
Cooling with
high fan speed
1
SELECTOR
10
HI COOL
OFF
9
Low fan speed–
No cooling
If You Need Service
Selector Switch
THERMOSTAT
CAUTION: If you move the switch from a cool
setting to OFF or to a fan setting, wait at least
3 minutes before switching back to a cool setting.
For maximum cooling
O L E R
C O
5
O L E R
C O
6
10
SELECTOR
THERMOSTAT
SELECTOR
THERMOSTAT
For quieter operation
Ventilation Control
O L E R
C O
5
HI COOL
9
HI COOL
6
LO COOL
The VENT control is a lever and is located above the
control panel.
When the VENT is set at CLOSE, only the air inside
the room can be circulated and conditioned.
When set at OPEN, some indoor air can be exhausted
from the room.
CLOSE
Air circulation & filtering only
Select either LO FAN or HI FAN for air circulation
and filtering.
HI FAN
VENT
Operating Your Controls
SELECTOR
THERMOSTAT
OPEN
Energy Saver Switch
The fan cycles
on and off.
The fan runs
all the time.
LO FAN
ENERGY SAVER
Important Safety Instructions
For normal cooling
NORMAL
SELECTOR
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OPERATING YOUR CONTROLS
(continued)
For ventilation
The cooling effect is reduced when the vent is open.
Use open vent
position for air
exhaust
Close vent
to filter and
recirculate air
Freezing up
If you notice that your air conditioner is not cooling as
it should, it may be that ice has formed on the cooling
coils. The ice blocks air flow and stops the unit from
cooling the room. This “freezing up” is a temporary
condition that most often occurs at night when the
Thermostat is set on the coldest setting and the Selector
is set on LO COOL.
To correct the condition, set the Selector at HI FAN
or HI COOL with the Thermostat at 1 or 2.
Inside air
feels
uncomfortable
To adjust the air direction
Fingertip pressure
adjusts the air direction
up, down or straight out.
Levers let you adjust
the air direction from
side-to-side.
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Outside air
temperature
dropping
CARE AND CLEANING
Outdoor coils
Turn the air conditioner off and remove the plug from
the wall outlet before cleaning.
The coils on the weather side of the air conditioner
should be checked regularly. If they are clogged with
dirt or soot they may be professionally steam cleaned,
a service available through your GE service outlet.
MILD
DISH
DETERGENT
Use water and a mild detergent.
DO NOT use bleach
or abrasives.
Air filter
The air filter behind the front grille should be checked
and cleaned at least every 30 days or more often if
necessary.
The filter can be cleaned with a vacuum cleaner to
remove light dust, or washed in warm soapy water.
Rinse and let the filter dry before replacing it. When
replacing, be sure the word FRONT is facing you.
DO NOT operate the air conditioner without a filter.
Operating Your Controls
Grille and cabinet
To remove: Grab the
tab on the filter and
pull it to the right.
Front grille
To replace the grille:
Place the two tabs on the grille’s
top inside edge with the two
slots in the case.
Press on the lower right and left
side of the case and push the
grille until it snaps into the tabs.
Pull the grille with your
thumb while pushing the
case with your fingers.
Push the grille to the left
and raise it up.
NOTE: Do not pull the bottom edge toward you more
than 3 inches or you may damage the tabs of the grille.
Make sure the vent control
is in the correct position.
Replace the screw and the
air filter.
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Care and Cleaning
(Before first use, remove the tape that holds the front
grille to the case and the foam shipping block taped to
the back of the grille.)
To remove the grille: Remove the air filter. Remove
the screw that holds the grille in place. If this is the
first time the grille is being removed, the screw will
not be in place. It is packed in a separate plastic bag.
INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS
IMPORTANT: Leave these instructions with the appliance.
OWNER: Keep these instructions for future use.
Electrical Safety—IMPORTANT…Please Read Carefully
For personal safety, this air conditioner must be
properly grounded.
Electrical requirements
• Do not change the plug on the power cord of this
air conditioner.
• Follow national electrical codes or local codes and
ordinances.
• Aluminum house wiring may present special problems–
consult a qualified electrician.
The 115-volt models require a 115/120- volt a.c., 60 Hz
grounded outlet protected with a 15-amp time delay fuse
or circuit breaker.
The power cord on these models has a 3-prong (grounding)
plug that mates with a standard 3-prong (grounding) wall
outlet (Fig. 1) to minimize the possibility of electric shock
hazard from these air conditioners.
If the wall outlet you
plan to use is only a
2-prong outlet, it is your
personal responsibility
to have it replaced with
a properly grounded
3-prong wall outlet.
PREFERRED
METHOD
Fig. 1
INSURE PROPER
GROUND EXISTS
BEFORE USE
Do not, under any circumstances, cut or
remove the third (ground) prong from the
power cord.
Use of adapter plug (115-volt models only)
Because of potential safety hazards under certain
conditions, we strongly recommend against the use of
an adapter plug. However, if you still choose to use an
adapter, a temporary connection may be made where
local codes permit. Use a UL-listed adapter, available at
most local hardware stores and make sure the 2-prong
wall outlet is properly grounded (Fig. 2). You should
have the circuit checked by a qualified electrician to
make sure the outlet is properly grounded.
When you put the adapter
TEMPORARY METHOD
(ADAPTER PLUGS NOT
plug into the wall outlet,
PERMITTED IN CANADA)
make sure the larger prong ALIGN LARGE
goes into the larger slot. This PRONGS/SLOTS
provides the proper polarity
in the connection of the
power cord. For proper
INSURE PROPER GROUND
AND FIRM CONNECTION
Fig. 2
grounding, you must also
EXISTS BEFORE USE
screw the adapter to the
outlet, using the outlet cover screw.
CAUTION:
Screwing the adapter to the cover screw will not ground
the air conditioner unless:
1. The outlet is already grounded through
the house wiring; and
2. The cover screw is metal and not insulated.
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When disconnecting the power cord from the adapter,
always hold the adapter with one hand while pulling the
plug with the other hand. If this is not done, the adapter
ground terminal is likely to break with repeated use.
Should the adapter ground terminal break,
DO NOT USE the air conditioner until a proper
ground has again been established.
Use of extension cords
Because of potential safety hazards under certain
conditions, we strongly recommend against the use of an
extension cord. However, if you still choose to use an
extension cord, it is absolutely necessary that it be a
UL-listed 3-wire grounding type appliance extension
cord. The current-carrying rating of the cord in amperes
must be equal to or greater than the branch circuit size
shown on the rating nameplate of the air conditioner.
WINDOW INSTALLATION
Type A
Qty-7
PARTS FURNISHED
Sealing ribbon
Window locking
bracket
Top
mounting
rail
Foam top
window
gasket
Type B
Qty-4
Type C
Qty-8
Panel
retainer
plate
Left window
filler panel
Bottom
mounting
rail
Sealer
Right
window
filler panel
Panel
retainer
plate
BEFORE INSTALLATION
WINDOW REQUIREMENTS
• Remove the foam shipping blocks taped to the
front grille and the compressor.
Front Grille
(Back)
Window
Minimum
required
vertical
opening
215⁄8″ to 35″
145⁄8″ min.
Standard
double-hung
window
opening width
Stool
Compressor
REMOVE
Shipping Blocks
TOOLS NEEDED
• #2 Phillips head screwdriver
• Knife or razor blade
• Ruler or tape measure
• Level
• Pencil
• Scissors
NOTES:
• The air conditioner will fit in a window as narrow
as 173⁄4″ if the filler panels are not used.
• The installation will need to be modified for windows
other than the standard double-hung window.
• Install the air conditioner in a window where
there will be enough clearance around the case
to allow ample circulation of the air through the
air conditioner.
• All supporting parts should be secured to firm
wood, masonry or metal.
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WINDOW INSTALLATION
3. PREPARE THE CASE.
1. REMOVE THE FRONT GRILLE.
• See the Care and Cleaning section of this guide.
Install the top mounting
rail onto the top of the
case with 3 type C
screws.
2. REMOVE THE AIR CONDITIONER
FROM THE CASE.
Remove the air
conditioner
locking screws.
Attach the bottom
mounting rail to the
bottom using 3 type
C screws.
Remove the
locking brackets.
4. ATTACH THE WINDOW FILLER
PANELS.
1
Remove the
knobs and
the control
panel.
2
Remove the
ground screw
and move the
ground wire
aside.
NOTE: Save these screws. They will be used at
the end of the installation.
• Remove the air conditioner from the case using
the base pan as a handle.
8
Slide the left and
right window filler
panels into the
top and bottom
mounting rails.
Top
mounting rail
Bottom
mounting rail
Insert a panel retainer plate in the first
fold of each filler panel and attach to the
case with 2 type B screws on each side.
WINDOW INSTALLATION
5. INSTALL THE CASE IN THE WINDOW.
Cut the
sealing ribbon
to the window
width and
stick adhesive
side to the
bottom of the
lower window
sash.
7. INSTALL THE WINDOW LOCKING
BRACKET.
Window locking
bracket - Use a
type A screw.
Measure and mark
the centerline.
• Install the case into the opening and center on the
line marked. Lower the window behind the top
mounting rail. The case should be installed level or
with a slight tilt toward the outside.
Use 2 type A
screws.
Secure
the top
mounting
rail with 2
type C
screws.
Extend the left
and right
window filler
panels to the
vertical window
sashes.
Use 4
type A
screws.
6. INSTALL THE FOAM TOP WINDOW
GASKET.
Cut the foam top
window gasket to
the window width.
8. INSTALL THE AIR CONDITIONER IN
THE CASE.
• Slide the air conditioner into the case. Do not
push on the controls or the finned coils. Make
sure the air conditioner is firmly seated toward
the rear of the case.
Reinstall the
locking brackets
and screws
removed earlier.
9. RECONNECT THE GROUND WIRE.
IMPORTANT!
• Reconnect the ground wire to the air conditioner
and replace the control panel and knobs. Remove
enough power cord to reach the wall outlet.
10. CHECK FOR AIR LEAKS AND
REPLACE THE FRONT GRILLE.
• Seal small openings around the case with the
sealer provided.
• Replace the front grille and the air filter.
See the Care and Cleaning section.
Stuff the foam between the glass and the window to
prevent air and insects from getting into the room.
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THROUGH-THE-WALL INSTALLATION
IMPORTANT NOTES
1. PREPARE THE WALL OPENING.
• The case may be installed through the wall in
both existing buildings and new construction.
• Any side louvers must project on the outdoor
side of the wall.
• The room side of the case must project into the
room at least 1″ from the finished wall.
• The case must be installed level from side to
side and with a 3⁄8″ tilt from front to rear.
• Determine the size of the opening.
TOOLS NEEDED
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
Phillips head screwdriver
Blade-type screwdriver
Magnetic stud finder (optional)
Tin snips
• Drill
Handsaw
• Hammer
Level
• Caulking gun
Chisel
• Tape measure
Concrete saw (if installing through a masonry wall)
MATERIALS NEEDED (obtain locally)
•
•
•
•
12 #10 wood screws, 1″ long
1 tube high grade caulking compound
Wooden framing studs
Lintel, if required, to support bricks or blocks
above opening
• Flashing, aluminum or galvanized steel
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MEASURE
HEIGHT
+
1/8″
MEASURE WIDTH + 1/8″
• Choose the wall opening location. Be sure a
power outlet is (or will be) installed nearby.
• Make the opening. Frame it to support the
weight of the air conditioner.
• Add metal flashing over the bottom of the
frame opening and 1″ up on the sides to reduce
the possibility of moisture entering the area
between the inner and outer wall. The flashing
lip should be 1″ wide and bent down 45°.
See the illustration on the next page.
2. REMOVE THE FRONT GRILLE.
• See the Care and Cleaning section of this guide.
THROUGH-THE-WALL INSTALLATION
3. REMOVE THE AIR CONDITIONER
AND PREPARE THE CASE.
• Secure the case sides and top to the wooden
frame.
Use four 1″ long #10 wood screws.
Remove the
air conditioner
locking screws.
Use six 1″
long #10
wood screws.
Remove the
locking brackets.
NOTE: Drill holes in the case sides and top, if
necessary, for proper installation. If the frame is
oversized, use shims to prevent cabinet distortion.
Remove the
knobs and
the control
panel.
Remove the
ground screw
and move the
ground wire
aside.
NOTE: Save these screws. They will be used at
the end of the installation.
• Remove the air conditioner from the case using
the base pan as a handle.
• With caulking compound or electrical tape,
seal all holes provided in the case for window
installation hardware not used in this installation.
• Caulk all four sides on the outdoor side of the
case to prevent moisture from getting through
to the interior wall. Use of flashing will further
prevent moisture from getting into interior walls.
Plaster
line
Brick veneer
Lintel angle
(if required)
Trim
molding
(if desired)
Caulking
Holes for #10
1″ long wood
screws
Inside
4. INSTALL THE CASE IN THE WALL.
• Place the case in the wall opening.
Sill channel
Caulking
Flashing
Secure the case bottom
rail to the wooden frame
with two 1″ long #10
wood screws.
1″
min.
• Install wood trim molding, if desired, around the
roomside projection of the case.
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THROUGH-THE-WALL INSTALLATION
5. INSTALL THE AIR CONDITIONER IN
THE CASE.
• Slide the air conditioner into the case. Do not
push on the controls or the finned coils. Make
sure the air conditioner is firmly seated toward
the rear of the case.
Reinstall the
locking brackets
and screws
removed earlier.
6. RECONNECT THE GROUND WIRE.
IMPORTANT!
• Reconnect the ground wire to the air conditioner
and replace the control panel and knobs. Remove
enough power cord to reach the wall outlet.
7. REPLACE THE FRONT GRILLE.
1.Place the two tabs on the grille’s top inside edge
with the two slots in the case.
2.Press on the lower right and left side of the case
and push the grille until it snaps into the tabs.
3.Make sure the vent control is in the correct
position. Replace the screw and the air filter.
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Things that are normal with this air conditioner
You may hear a pinging noise
caused by water being picked up
and thrown against the condenser on
rainy days or when the humidity is
high. This design feature helps
remove moisture and improve
efficiency.
You may hear the thermostat
click when the compressor cycles
on and off.
Water will collect in the base pan during
high humidity or on rainy days. The water
may overflow and drip from the outdoor
side of the unit.
The fan runs continuously when the
Selector switch is in the COOL or FAN
position.
Installation Instructions
QUESTIONS?
THE PROBLEM SOLVER
PROBLEM
AIR CONDITIONER
DOES NOT OPERATE
FREEZING UP—
ICE HAS FORMED ON
THE COOLING COILS
Questions?
AIR CONDITIONER
“DOES NOT COOL
AS IT SHOULD”
POSSIBLE CAUSE
• It may not be plugged in. The plug may have been bumped loose by a vacuum
cleaner or furniture.
• If it is plugged in, the fuse could have blown or the circuit breaker may
have tripped.
• Curtains, blinds or furniture blocking the front of air conditioner will restrict
the air flow.
• The Thermostat Control may not be set high enough. Turn knob to a higher
number. The highest setting should provide maximum cooling.
• The air filter is dirty. It should be cleaned at least every 30 days.
See the Care and Cleaning section.
• The room may have been very hot when the air conditioner was first turned on.
Allow time for it to cool down.
• Cold air may be escaping through open furnace floor registers and cold air returns.
• The cooling coils have iced up. See Freezing Up below.
• Ice blocks the air flow and stops the unit from cooling the room. This is a
temporary condition that most often occurs at night when the outside air is cool.
To correct, set the Selector Switch at HI FAN or HI COOL with the
Thermostat at 1 or 2.
The Problem Solver
If you need more help…call, toll free:
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NOTES
14
We’ll Be There
With the purchase of your new GE appliance, receive the assurance that if you ever need
information or assistance from GE, we’ll be there. All you have to do is call—toll-free!
GE Answer Center®
800.626.2000
Whatever your question about any GE major appliance, GE Answer Center®
information service is available to help. Your call—and your question— will be
answered promptly and courteously. And you can call any time. GE Answer
Center® service is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
In-Home Repair Service
800-GE-CARES (800-432-2737)
For Customers With Special Needs…
800.626.2000
Upon request, GE will provide
Braille controls for a variety of GE
appliances, and a brochure to
assist in planning a barrier-free
kitchen for persons with limited
mobility. To obtain these items,
free of charge, call 800.626.2000.
Consumers with impaired hearing or speech who have
access to a TDD or a conventional teletypewriter may
call 800-TDD-GEAC (800-833-4322) to request
information or service.
Service Contracts
800-626-2224
You can have the secure feeling that GE Consumer Service will still be there
after your warranty expires. Purchase a GE contract while your warranty is still
in effect and you’ll receive a substantial discount. With a multiple-year contract,
you’re assured of future service at today’s prices.
Parts and Accessories
800-626-2002
Individuals qualified to service their own appliances
can have needed parts or accessories sent directly to
their home. The GE parts system provides access to over
47,000 parts…and all GE Genuine Renewal Parts are
fully warranted. VISA, MasterCard and Discover cards
are accepted.
User maintenance instructions contained in this booklet
cover procedures intended to be performed by any user.
Other servicing generally should be referred to qualified
service personnel. Caution must be exercised, since
improper servicing may cause unsafe operation.
Consumer Services
A GE consumer service professional will provide expert repair service,
scheduled at a time that’s convenient for you. Many GE Consumer Service
company-operated locations offer you service today or tomorrow, or at your
convenience (7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. weekdays, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saturdays).
Our factory-trained technicians know your appliance inside and out—so most
repairs can be handled in just one visit.
YOUR GE ROOM AIR CONDITIONER
WARRANTY
Staple sales slip or cancelled check
here. Proof of original purchase date
is needed to obtain service
under warranty.
WHAT IS COVERED
FULL ONE-YEAR WARRANTY
For one year from date of original
purchase, we will provide, free of
charge, parts and service labor in
your home to repair or replace
any part of the room air
conditioner that fails because
of a manufacturing defect.
FULL FIVE-YEAR WARRANTY
For five years from the date of
original purchase, we will provide,
free of charge, parts and service
labor in your home to repair or
replace any part of the sealed
refrigerating system (the
compressor, condenser,
evaporator and all connecting
tubing) that fails because of a
manufacturing defect.
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This warranty is extended to
the original purchaser and any
succeeding owner for products
purchased for use in the 48
mainland states, Hawaii and
Washington, D.C. In Alaska the
warranty is the same except that it
is LIMITED because you must pay
to ship the product to the service
shop or for the service technician’s
travel costs to your home.
All warranty service will be
provided by our Factory Service
Centers or by our authorized
Customer Care® servicers during
normal working hours.
Should your appliance need
service, during warranty period
or beyond, call 800-GE-CARES
(800-432-2737).
WHAT IS NOT COVERED
• Improper installation.
If you have an installation problem,
or if the air conditioner is of
improper cooling capacity for the
intended use, contact your dealer
or installer. You are responsible for
providing adequate electrical
connecting facilities.
• Replacement of house fuses or
resetting of circuit breakers.
• In commercial locations labor
necessary to move the unit to a
location where it is accessible for
service by an individual technician.
• Failure of the product resulting from
modifications to the product or due
to unreasonable use including
failure to provide reasonable and
necessary maintenance.
• Failure due to corrosion on models
not corrosion-protected.
• Damage to product caused by
improper power supply voltage,
accident, fire, floods or acts of God.
WARRANTOR IS NOT
RESPONSIBLE FOR
CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES.
• Service trips to your home to teach
you how to use the product.
Read your Use and Care material.
If you then have any questions
about operating the product,
please contact your dealer or our
Consumer Affairs office at the
address below, or call, toll free:
GE Answer Center®
800.626.2000
consumer information service
Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitation or exclusion
may not apply to you. This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state.
To know what your legal rights are in your state, consult your local or state consumer affairs office or your state’s Attorney General.
Warrantor: General Electric Company
If further help is needed concerning this warranty, write:
Manager—Consumer Affairs, GE Appliances, Louisville, KY 40225
Pub No. 49-7317-2
Part No. F56949
11-96
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