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Mitsubishi Air Conditioner Remote Control Symbols

Mitsubishi Air Conditioner Remote Control Symbols Explained

Mitsubishi is one of the most reputable air conditioner brands in the world. Their products come with a lot of useful features that can be activated via a remote. If you get your first Mitsubishi split air conditioner, it could be difficult to figure out what icons and symbols mean on its remote control. 

In this post, I will explain the meaning of each icon and symbol on a Mitsubishi AC remote. You can get the hang of it within a few minutes. 

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Set the temperature 

Mitsubishi ac adjust temperature button

There are two big buttons under the display of the remote – an upward arrow and a downward arrow. You can increase and decrease the set temperature by pressing these two buttons after turning on the power button on the left. 

Each time you press the button, the set temperature will increase or decrease in 1°C increment. Depending on the models, it can range from 16°C to 31°C in cool mode and 10-31°C in heat mode.

Select the mode 

Mitsubishi ac mode button

The standard operating mode of a Mitsubishi air conditioner is similar to modes in other brands, including an auto mode, a cool mode, a dry mode, a heat mode (optional), and a fan mode in turns.

You can choose the mode by pressing a button with the “MODE” characters above. Every time you press the MODE button, the mode symbol will jump to the next one in the display. 

Mitsubishi ac auto mode

Auto mode: This mode is denoted by a round of arrows symbol. Your AC will detect the ambient temperature and decide if it turns on the cool or heat mode.

Mitsubishi ac cool mode

Cool mode: This mode has a snowflake symbol, indicating that AC will start to cool the room.

Heat mode: This mode has a sun symbol. The AC will turn on the heat pump and begin to heat the room.

Mitsubishi ac dry mode

Dry mode: It is denoted by a waterdrop symbol, meaning that your AC will dehumidify the air.

Mitsubishi ac fan mode

Fan mode: This is different from the “fan icon” we will discuss later, it means that the AC will only circulate the air in the room without changing the temperature and humidity.

Two special modes 

There are two extra modes that will only be able to activate when the cool or heat mode is on.

Econo cool

Mitsubishi ac econo cool

The Econo cool mode also comes with a snowflake symbol, but you can see three curves inside the snowflake.

After turning on the cool mode, you can press the button with this symbol to turn on this mode. 

Mitsubishi ac econo cool symbol

By changing the airflow direction and set temperature, it can save you a bunch of money. It is similar to the “ECO mode” in other brands.

Powerful cool

Mitsubishi ac powerful cool

This mode needs to work with the cool mode or heat mode together. As the name implies, your Mitsubishi AC will work at the maximum capacity for 15 minutes to quickly cool or heat the room.

If you come back home after a long day of hard work and want to enjoy the cool air immediately, you can turn on this mode by pressing the “POWERFUL COOL” button.

Change the fan speed

Mitsubishi ac fan speed

There is a fan button on the remote, which has a “fan” icon on the button and a “FAN” character above the button. By pressing the button, you can start to adjust the fan speed. 

Mitsubishi ac fan speed auto

This symbol means that your AC will adjust the fan speed automatically. 

Mitsubishi ac fan speed manually

You can adjust the fan speed manually from level one to level four or five.

Some models will show a human ear symbol beside the fan symbol, indicating that the quiet fan speed is on.

Control the vane 

You can control the movement of the vane from horizontal and vertical directions. 

Mitsubishi ac vane
Mitsubishi ac vane auto
Mitsubishi ac vane manually
Mitsubishi ac vane swing

The “VANE” button is for adjusting the horizontal vane. It will turn from the auto, different directions of the vane, and then to swing. 

Mitsubishi ac wide vane
Mitsubishi ac wide vane swing

The “WIDE VANE” button is for adjusting the vertical vane. You can set the direction from left to right and then swing. 

Mitsubishi ac area

The “AREA” button is for deciding which area in your room you want the airflow to cover.

Set the timer 

Mitsubishi ac set timer

The button with the symbol “clock to circle” allows you to set the time to stop your AC, whereas the button with the symbol “clock to I” lets you set the time to start your AC automatically.


Mitsubishi ac d s plasma

This is a button with a symbol of “lightning.” When you activate it, the indoor unit will start to purify the air. That is, to remove airborne mold spores, viruses, or allergens. 

3D i-See sensor control

Mitsubishi ac 3d sensor

This symbol indicates that your AC will detect the movement of occupants and the ambient temperature so as to adjust the set temperature. 


This is a summary of the symbols and icons on the Mitsubishi air conditioners. Try these buttons one by one will help you remember their meaning. The Mitsubishi units are easy to operate, I am sure you can be familiar with these buttons soon.

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Liz Yang is the founder of Airsmartly. She has been working at home for a few years and realizes that the performance of the HVAC system plays such an important role in our life. She has tested more than 150 products in person, including humidifiers, air purifiers, dehumidifiers, and ACs, and wants to share tips about using or troubleshooting these products with you. Her uncle is an HVAC expert with over 30 years of experience in the field, and often offers assistance when she is unsure how to handle a situation. He is also in charge of reviewing the articles on this site.

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