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Old 09-11-2017, 01:52 PM   #1
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Clean your A/C filter!

I'm posting this in case someone else has neglected their trailer's air conditioner.

Yesterday I noticed that my trailer's air conditioner was just barely working. The air coming out was cold enough, but there was almost no velocity; it was barely moving.

I suspected a low voltage situation, but by the time I managed to check the voltage with a multimeter it was okay at 120V. Hmm. Then I looked at the intake grill and thought "ya know, maybe this thing has an air filter." I'd never considered it before because the intake grill doesn't look like it's removable. So I finally decided to read the fine manual. Sure enough-- the air filter is supposed to be washed after every two weeks of A/C use. Oops.

The intake grill is removable after all, but it's tricky, and removing the filter from the grill is a bit tricky as well. But after I washed the filthy thing, let it dry, and put it back in, the A/C worked much better. I'm still not convinced that this was the only problem and I'll check the voltage again, but it was certainly most of the problem.
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Old 09-11-2017, 03:31 PM   #2
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If you now have enough airflow, but the air is not quite cold enough, try checking the outdoor side to see if the condenser is obstructed. We have poplar trees here, and get a lot of seed fluff in the "radiator" of the air conditioner if it is run during the spring.
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Old 09-11-2017, 11:21 PM   #3
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I'm posting this in case someone else has neglected their trailer's air conditioner.

Yesterday I noticed that my trailer's air conditioner was just barely working. The air coming out was cold enough, but there was almost no velocity; it was barely moving.

I suspected a low voltage situation, but by the time I managed to check the voltage with a multimeter it was okay at 120V. Hmm. Then I looked at the intake grill and thought "ya know, maybe this thing has an air filter." I'd never considered it before because the intake grill doesn't look like it's removable. So I finally decided to read the fine manual. Sure enough-- the air filter is supposed to be washed after every two weeks of A/C use. Oops.

The intake grill is removable after all, but it's tricky, and removing the filter from the grill is a bit tricky as well. But after I washed the filthy thing, let it dry, and put it back in, the A/C worked much better. I'm still not convinced that this was the only problem and I'll check the voltage again, but it was certainly most of the problem.
Just so happened to remove and clean my filter today. It definitely something you don't want to overlook. Escape did mention to clean the filter periodically during our Orientation.

We received an instruction paper on the digital thermostat but nothing on the A/C unit from Escape. I sent an email to Dometic today with the SKU# 9105305700 and Mfg # 640310C451C0 asking if there was a manual or documentation available online as I haven't been able to find any.

My AC unit is a Dometic Penguin II and I assume it 11000 BTU although you get conflicting info on the website where in one place it says 13500 and in another 11000. Couldn't find anything on AC label to indicate the BTU of the unit. Also there was a relay box that was not secured shoved up in the unit, Is that normal?
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Old 09-12-2017, 12:05 PM   #4
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Thanks Mike....
There's a lot of flex in that grill.... I imagine that contributes to the noice when the unit is running.
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We received an instruction paper on the digital thermostat but nothing on the A/C unit from Escape. I sent an email to Dometic today with the SKU# 9105305700 and Mfg # 640310C451C0 asking if there was a manual or documentation available online as I haven't been able to find any.

My AC unit is a Dometic Penguin II and I assume it 11000 BTU although you get conflicting info on the website where in one place it says 13500 and in another 11000.
There are dozens of variants, even within the Penguin II model line of the Dometic RV air conditioners. They range from 11,000 BTU/hr (no indication of capacity in name), through 13,500 BTU/hr (includes "13,500 BTU" in name), to 15,000 BTU/hr ("high capacity"). Although I don't see a unit with exactly that SKU, the SKU# 9105305701 is an 11,000 BTU/hr unit, so my guess is that is the capacity that you have.

There can be very little difference between related models with different cooling capacity. Other features - such as package height, controls, a resistance heating strip, and heat pump functionality - make much more difference to the design and operation (and to the price).

The Dometic web site for manuals is organized by Product Number (not SKU), so you might want to include that (it's on the label). Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to provide a manual for 936002239.
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There are dozens of variants, even within the Penguin II model line of the Dometic RV air conditioners. They range from 11,000 BTU/hr (no indication of capacity in name), through 13,500 BTU/hr (includes "13,500 BTU" in name), to 15,000 BTU/hr ("high capacity"). Although I don't see a unit with exactly that SKU, the SKU# 9105305701 is an 11,000 BTU/hr unit, so my guess is that is the capacity that you have.

There can be very little difference between related models with different cooling capacity. Other features - such as package height, controls, a resistance heating strip, and heat pump functionality - make much more difference to the design and operation (and to the price).

The Dometic web site for manuals is organized by Product Number (not SKU), so you might want to include that (it's on the label). Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to provide a manual for 936002239.
I did hear back from Dometic and they sent me a pdf copy of the Installation and Operation manual for my AC model based on Mfg#/Model number of 64031 which also covers Models 459530 459530A B59530 640310. They certainly due have a lot of different models. Can get confusing. Appreciate the response.
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I did hear back from Dometic and they sent me a pdf copy of the Installation and Operation manual for my AC model based on Mfg#/Model number of 64031 which also covers Models 459530 459530A B59530 640310.
Excellent!
It would be nice to have in the forum's Files collection, in the Manuals folder.
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Excellent!
It would be nice to have in the forum's Files collection, in the Manuals folder.
Done, it's now waiting on Moderator approval.
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It;s in the Files area
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