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Help: Opening/Cleaning a portable air conditioner Answered

I don't think this is the right place for it but I'm desperate. I have a portable air conditioner (Whynter Arc-14s) and need to vacuum and remove mildew from the inside, especially the fan blades. Now, I did contact Whynter support (e-mail) and they were able to help me remove the screws with a PDF guide. This allowed me to remove the front. Unfortunately, the back case won't come off, even though I took out all screws I was directed to. They couldn't assist me anymore after that. Now I'm stuck, summer is ending and I never got to use it this year.

So has anyone opened up a Whynter Arc-14s portable a/c?

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CuriousRiz (author)2016-08-31

So at 4:50pm I FINALLY DID IT!!!!! YAY!! I decided to go the "F it and Force it route". It was such a struggle, I had to take breaks to cool off. On my third try, that's when it happened. A magical *POP* and the back slumped off. I was shocked and surprised and so freaking ecstatic. My goodness, it was such a struggle. The mid section is where most of my remaining effort was put into. It seems that because of all the heat and humidity, that a suction or expansion was created and was what made it so difficult. I will be continuing tomorrow. Hopefully, when I'm done cleaning, I can put it back together without a struggle. Wish me luck. ?

Thanks for all the suggestions. Forcing it was the answer. ?

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Downunder35m (author)CuriousRiz2016-08-31

Here in AU we always say:
If you can't fix it use a bigger hammer, so it seems you found the right way LOL

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Toga_Dan (author)2016-08-30

this might be a matter of "nothin to lose". :. Force it.

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CuriousRiz (author)2016-08-29

First, the PDF Whynter support gave me. It supposedly shows where all the screws for the front and back cover are located.

Next, are pics of those same screws I took out. Then 2 pics of the inner top and bottom of the front section of the portable. The back won't come off. Although, it could be stuck but I haven't tried to force it because I'm afraid I'll break something.

PDF:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2Oos1_OPe06X1Mzd...

PICS:

http://imgur.com/a/jRwgl

I'm on a tablet and tried using the site uploader but it would not finish uploading (I waited 3hrs). Then, I tried imgur, lord was that a struggle. ?

Anyway, if you need more, I'll add them.

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Downunder35m (author)CuriousRiz2016-08-30

To me it looks like there is a chance the entire plastic cover lifts up.
Once the display is out.
I would check if you can lift single panels or the entire cover off the ground plate.

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Kiteman (author)2016-08-28

Pictures, including close-ups, would be a big help.

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CuriousRiz (author)Kiteman2016-08-28

I'll do that tomorrow. Thanks to all for the replies.

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caitlinsdad (author)2016-08-28

If the internals are attached to the back cover, you will need to look at the inside to see the mounting screws or clip on tabs.

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bravoechonovember1 (author)2016-08-28

are there any stickers covering screws?

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