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One of our Fedders AEY12F7F through-wall AC/heater units has stopped heating (AC still works fine). Unit is about 4 years old. I know it has a separate heating coil (it's not a heat pump). Is there a fuse I should check first? (where?). If there isn't, or if that isn't the problem, do I assume the heater component needs replacement? If so, is this something that a skilled handyman could do? Is a manual available? If we need professional help, is someone recommended for the Portland,

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Hi - there is a fuse inside the unit and if replacing it does not solve the problem, it could be a problem with the heating element itself. The heater looks like this:

If this part has failed, you may have trouble locating a replacement - as an online appliance parts store has indicated that the part is no longer available from the manufacturer. You may find the part on another parts supplier's (whether online or at a local store) shelf however. You'll have to do some checking or calling to see if someone has though. Of course, if it is just a bad connection or blown fuse, replacement of this part won't be needed.

A handyman should be able to tackle this - as it is an issue with the electric heater circuit - not a cooling circuit or refrigerant problem. Explain the problem to him and ask if he feels confident troubleshooting this problem for you, first. The heater itself will be located behind the grille and cold refrigerant coil. Tracing the 2 wires back far enough should reveal the fuse location. The fuse may be an in-line type - or one that is mounted to a panel. Either way, your handyman should be able to find it.

Good luck!

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