Frigidaire air conditioner error code 88

If your Frigidaire air conditioner displays an error code 88, it is best to replace it if it is under warranty or try troubleshooting if it is not.

Frigidaire air conditioners are known for their innovative designs and for having high customer satisfaction ratings.

However, these air conditioners may still give users error codes. In terms of the 88 error code, it is not an official error code and it is likely caused by a control board issue.

Are Frigidaire air conditioners good value for money?

Frigidaire has had a long-standing history of creating innovative products, including the first commercially successful room-cooler, which was the room air conditioner of its time.

Since this initial invention, Frigidaire has maintained its reputation as one of the most innovative and affordable brands for air conditioning units.

Frigidaire air conditioners have consistently been rated as some of the top choices amongst experts when it comes to value-for-money, and it is a reliable and user-friendly brand, which makes it accessible to most customers who want to cool their homes and/or other spaces.

Frigidaire air conditioner error code 88

Although many Frigidaire air conditioner models, like the Frigidaire 8000 BTU Portable Room Air Conditioner and the Frigidaire 6000 BTU Window-Mounted Room Air Conditioner, both have excellent ratings on Amazon and have won several consumer awards and rankings in “best air conditioners” ranking lists, this does not mean that Frigidaire air conditioners are without fault.

Many Frigidaire and GE air conditioner owners have experienced an error whereby their air conditioners show an “88” on the display screen while all the other lights on the display flash.

In this case, the air conditioner will only switch on for a few seconds and then it will switch off again. While the air conditioner is on for those few seconds, it does blow cold air, but it will not continue working after these few seconds.

This error code is not one of the official error codes listed by Frigidaire for their air conditioner models, which means that if your air conditioner starts displaying this code, it is best to contact a professional  HVAC technician, who can examine your entire air conditioning unit to find the source of the problem or to contact Frigidaire’s customer service department, which will assist you further.

If your air conditioner is still under warranty, you will likely receive a new unit. However, if this is not the case and you cannot rely on the warranty, there are a few do-it-yourself troubleshooting solutions that may get your air conditioner functioning again, including resetting your unit and your power, and removing your control board.

Resetting your Frigidaire air conditioner

As with most appliances, sometimes all your air conditioner needs is to be turned off, reset, and turned back on again, to work optimally.

Fortunately, most Frigidaire air conditioner models come with a built-in reset button, which allows you to reset the entire unit by following these steps:

  • Step 1: Find the reset button of your Frigidaire air conditioner. This button is usually on the plug of the power cord, but if your unit does not have a reset button on its power cord, you can consult the manual to find it
  • Step 2: Unplug the air conditioner
  • Step 3: Press and hold the reset button for three to five seconds
  • Step 4: Plug the air conditioner back in and power it on

This should eliminate any faulty error messages by rebooting your Frigidaire air conditioner’s system. Alternatively, you can switch off the power supply to the unit by turning the circuit breaker off for a few minutes, then turning it on again.

Frigidaire air conditioners and control board issues

It is not uncommon for Frigidaire air conditioners to experience control board issues. Many air conditioning units rely heavily on their control boards to function and when a Frigidaire air conditioner beeps or does not turn on, this may mean that there is an issue with its control board.

This issue can be caused by fluctuating currents, overuse, and many other things, but fortunately, you can easily find replacement control boards for your Frigidaire air conditioner model, such as this Frigidaire Air Conditioner Control Board for the 5304459872 AC model.

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How to know if your control board is the cause of the 88 error code

In order to find out if your control board or circuit board is the reason for the 88 error code on your air conditioner, you need to remove the entire front panel of your unit to view the control board.

If any circuits have water damage, carbonisation, or rust, this is likely what is causing the 88 error code on your Frigidaire air conditioner.

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