My Penguin II has strictly manual controls. After AC installation a year or more ago (I forget), 10 days ago it was a hundred degrees outside. I used the AC for the second time ever. Manual is simple, right? There are two dials, analog all the way.
I see the words “AC Fan” on the left dial so naturally I think that turns AC on. I don’t see good without my readers. Paid no attention to the cute little symbol on the right dial. See it? A snowflake. Maybe the intense heat was frying my cognitive ganglions. Half an hour later we are still baking slowly, it’s even blowing warm air, and I am having a Lewis Black moment. Thinking the damn thing is broke, we are fricazeed. (No offense, but it is a Dometic.)
No amount of dial fiddling changes the situation. I finally resort to digging out the Operators Manual. Thank goodness I always bring my 3-inch thick loose leaf notebook of Escape Vital Documents on a trip. Page 9 has Fig.14, showing the controls. I quote: “Model…has a five position Selector switch including “OFF”. This controls fan speed and cooling modes. See Fig. 14.”
But …a Big Butt… Figure 14 diagram does not explain, specify or identify the key fact that that cute little snowflake is meant to represent the cooling control thermostat. Oh, great, chalk one up for the brevity boys who wrote this manual. Only two controls, the left one is labeled “AC” (!) and, the right one has a snowflake you need a telescope to see.
My readers on, figured out my mistake. Cold air begins, Lewis Black moment over.
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