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Old 07-24-2016, 11:01 AM   #1
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AC and Heater issues

Hello everyone,
I guess its my turn to ask for some advice. I'm on a short campout and my heater and ac have become too friendly. Seems that if I'm plugged in to 110 v and turn on my heater my air conditioner comes on at the same time. Both trying to do what they do best and both running perfectly except I don't need heat and cold at the same time.

I'm not sure where to begin looking for the problem. I suspect that its my digital thermostat / on off switch that is the culprit. Any suggestions to diagnos short of replacement? My trailer is still new enough to me that I have not had a conversation with its inner workings so I'm shy about ripping and snorting (my usual) until find out more.

Of course I'm out camping and its a Sunday.

Anyway thanks ahead for any suggestions.

Tom
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Old 07-24-2016, 11:05 AM   #2
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Hello everyone,
I guess its my turn to ask for some advice. I'm on a short campout and my heater and ac have become too friendly. Seems that if I'm plugged in to 110 v and turn on my heater my air conditioner comes on at the same time. Both trying to do what they do best and both running perfectly except I don't need heat and cold at the same time.

I'm not sure where to begin looking for the problem. I suspect that its my digital thermostat / on off switch that is the culprit. Any suggestions to diagnos short of replacement? My trailer is still new enough to me that I have not had a conversation with its inner workings so I'm shy about ripping and snorting (my usual) until find out more.

Of course I'm out camping and its a Sunday.

Anyway thanks ahead for any suggestions.

Tom
Hi: Starving Hyena... Is your digi thermostat set on "Aux"? Alf
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Old 07-24-2016, 11:06 AM   #3
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I too would think it would be with the thermostat, and it likely could be with the selector switch. I would open it up and check the connections and that there are not any shorted wires. Otherwise it could be something with the switch itself. I would then disconnect the leads to the A/C and see if the furnace is still working fine.

I am not familiar with this thermostat, but just assume it is similar to lots I have seen in houses. Hopefully it is something simple to work out, either by a setting or a quick fix.
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Old 07-24-2016, 11:26 AM   #4
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I believe there is a manual in your paper work explaining the thermostat's operation. If my memory serves me, set your speed to low and then set it to cool, not auto. Try that
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Old 07-24-2016, 11:49 AM   #5
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No "Aux" settings. Operates as such: push on/ off button .... fan option lights up ( there is no fan), push button again and "cooling" option lights up -allowing a temp setting for AC, push button again and the heater option lights up also allowing a temp setting for heater.

Mmmmmm ...... wonder if my temp setting for AC is set low enough that it wants to come on at 'need heat temps'? Excuse me while I turn on the power bush.
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Old 07-24-2016, 11:57 AM   #6
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There are three leads coming from the wall into the thermo box. Need a jewlers screw driver to disconnect any of those leads. Can't see any shorting wires.

Tools available:

1) multi meter
2) analog brain struggling with a digital world
3) Viking hammer, extra large size, designed in the 9th century for quick repair of all things digital
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The fan it speaks of is the one in the AC.
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Old 07-24-2016, 12:02 PM   #8
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You are right Jim and I am one who should have this tatoo'ed to the inside of his eye lids " if all else fails READ THE DIRECTIONS. I did read all the manuals when I first got my trailer ..... time for a review.

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No "Aux" settings. Operates as such: push on/ off button .... fan option lights up ( there is no fan), push button again and "cooling" option lights up -allowing a temp setting for AC, push button again and the heater option lights up also allowing a temp setting for heater.

Mmmmmm ...... wonder if my temp setting for AC is set low enough that it wants to come on at 'need heat temps'? Excuse me while I turn on the power bush.
Hi: StarvingHyena... Sorry I too am not familiar with the digi set up!!! We have Manual A/C with controls on the unit and separate furnace w/ thermostat. I'd need to study a digi thermostat manual first!!! If at first I don't succeed I'll call somebody that can. Alf
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Old 07-24-2016, 12:20 PM   #10
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We had the same problem if you read the small instruction manual you will find the correct answer. Do Not Take the thermostat apart. When we first tried to turn on the heater we had the same problem . The thermostat fan setting needs to read auto after that push the button for heat and set the temp. With the air it's the same push the button for air set temp. and the air will come on . My wife read the instructions while I was off getting the proper tool tools to take the thermostat apart. When I got back she had the heat running and a smug look on her face and said see I fixed it. Also you running the air on the low setting seems to work well.
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