The obnoxious air conditioner

26 Aug

Beep.  Beep beep. Beep.  I sleepily opened my eyes, annoyed that I’d been dragged out of my deep sleep.  Beep. Beep.

ARGH!!! Seriously, right now?  It’s the middle of the night!

I braved the cold and crawled out of bed, bumping into things as I slowly made my way to the living room through the darkness.  I rifled around to find the remote that controls air conditioner.  I didn’t need any light to know which button was the power button.  Annoyed, I pressed the off button with my thumb.

Beep.  The AC turned off and the hard, cold stream of air stopped as suddenly as it started.

I walked back to my room, shivering in the middle-of-the-night winter air.

Beep. The stupid air conditioner turned itself on again, which is kind of ironic since the remote control for the unit claims to be an “intelligent remote control.”  I’m not sure what sort of intelligence thinks it’s a good idea to blast freezing cold air in the middle of the night in the winter, but that’s not really what I’d call intelligent.

The stupid thing isn’t even set to cold, it’s set to 24 degrees, with a little sun icon illuminating the fact that it’s set to warm.  When it turns itself on though, it decides the snowflake setting and 17 degrees is far more appropriate.

It turns on at the most random times.  At night, in the morning, in the afternoon.  No time is out of the question.  Sometimes it even fights with itself, turning on, then off, then on, then off again in quick succession, beeping with every on and off.  Beep. Beep. Beep. Beep. Beep. Until it finally settles on being on.

When I hear that obnoxious tell-tale beeping noise, I immediately run for the living room to push the off button before the house is filled with freezing air.

And then it turns back on.

I turn it off again.

It turns back on.

We fight for a bit, until I’ve thwarted it’s attempts at being on about 5 times and it finally gets the hint.

For now.  It will turn itself back on soon and I will have to win the fight again.

Aaron found it’s manual online to see what in the world the obnoxious air conditioner is doing. It’s not exactly easy to tell such things from the remote alone since it’s “intelligent.”  And by intelligent, I mean each button has a different picture on it that you need a manual to know what does.


The “intelligent” remote. Sorry about the blurry photo, at 5am on my iphone, I couldn’t tell.

I would just turn it off at the power point or unplug it, but….(excuse the horrible photos, it’s not even 6am yet, so it’s pretty dim, and they were taken on my iphone).


I don’t know where it is.  The unit is attached to the wall and all cords and power seem to be inside the wall. What sort of genius thought that up?  Sure it looks sleek, but what if there is a problem?  What If I want to unplug the ghastly thing?

When we turn it on to warm up the house (on the sun setting, of course), it runs for a little bit.

But then it beeps and turns off, only to beep again straight away and turn back on to COLD!!!

My daydreams lately always involve taking a baseball bat to it whilst yelling about how obnoxious it is.  Sometimes I do actually yell at it when I’m fighting to turn it off.

It’s clearly time to call a repair man.

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5 Responses to “The obnoxious air conditioner”

  1. Chrissy August 26, 2013 at 11:15 am #

    I had a garage door that decided to open & shut of it’s own accord. Unfortunately it came down on my car once and peeled the roof off like a sardine can.

    The technical problem was found to be that our remote was set on the same frequency to a neighbours.Weird hey…

    • Mommy Adventures August 26, 2013 at 9:29 pm #

      Wow, that’s crazy!!! I was thinking our problem might have to do with the neighbours as well, since we live in a duplex, so next door presumably has the same aircon and remote as we do. not sure why she’d be turning it on to cold in the middle of the night though. It’s just one very old lady who lives next door, and she is up at all hours, so who knows…. I’d feel pretty silly if I called the repairman only to find out it’s actually the neighbour controlling our unit!!

  2. Audrey Miller October 2, 2014 at 8:32 pm #

    I am sorry to hear your story. Your air-conditioner is totally acting weird and you are pretty patient about it. I mean, if I were in your situation, I would totally freak out. To think that you can’t unplug the machine because the cord is inside the wall. You made the right decision in calling a repairman.

  3. Bright July 7, 2015 at 10:51 am #

    exact same thing happening to me right now. Similar unit. I think it’s condensation shorting the remote-signal processing circuit. Did you ever get it shorted out?

    P.s. Your blog is top Google result for “air conditioner beeping randomly”.

  4. Chase July 23, 2015 at 1:30 am #

    Having the same issue, albeit with a different DeLonghi unit. Haven’t called tech support yet. Did you figure out the issue??

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