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Old 01-13-2020, 11:39 AM   #1
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Hello Everybody. I'm new to Rving and just bought a 1999 Adventure last year. My aft air conditioner is not drawing any amps and needs to be repaired. Has anybody added more Freon to their system? Any hints that might be useful??
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Old 01-13-2020, 12:10 PM   #2
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If it is not drawing any amps, it likely compressor is not starting. due to stalling or a thermostat issue that its not getting power. Are you able to use a voltmeter?
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Most RV air conditioners are not normally serviceable as far as Freon goes, no hose attachment schrader valves. But if no amps - check electrical; the fan should pull amps.
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Hello Everybody. I'm new to Rving and just bought a 1999 Adventure last year. My aft air conditioner is not drawing any amps and needs to be repaired. Has anybody added more Freon to their system? Any hints that might be useful??
Need more info. How do you know it is not drawing amps? You have an amp meter and know how to use it? Is the fan running? Is the compressor running?

Do the start and run capacitors look to be in their original shape or are they puffed up and bulging?
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If it is not drawing any amps, it likely compressor is not starting. due to stalling or a thermostat issue that its not getting power. Are you able to use a voltmeter?

My Rig is in storage now with snow on the ground here in the Midwest. I'm trying to get some ideas so when the weather get better I'll have an idea what to do.
Counting the days.

Thanks for the help.
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Ghostrider, what does "drawing no amps mean" When you call for cooling you hear nothing? do you hear anything? is fan running and not cooling? Do you hear compressor at all? We need a more descriptive symptom.

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The fan does run when I turn of the A/C, but only 1 amp is show on my display when I'm on the Generator of hooked to shore power.
I did you it last summer and the A/C unit did not put out much cold air. It did however show about 6-8 amps when I turned it on. Now again, it's only 1 amp and that might be from the blower motor.
I'll get up on top of the rig this spring and try to see if the compressor is receiving voltage to start, but not sure if I can fix this unit. So what you are saying, not much and be done to these units other than changing them out. I'm I correct or am I still missing something? Thanks again for your insightful help.
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Sorry to say it's a > 20 year old unit and probably well past it's servicable life. I have a 2010 RV and have already replaced my rear heat pump and just recently replaced the fan motor on the front unit.
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I kinda though that. Where is a good place to start looking to find a replacement.
My paperwork says its a RVP A division of AIRXCEL, Inc. But I guess I can replace it with any air conditioner.

Thanks again for your help....
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I have a 2017 Adventurer and the rear A/C spit out it’s refrigerant last fall. 45-days after its 2-yr warranty expired. Not repairable I was told.

I have heard that if folks have the unit removed and physically take it to an A/C repair shop that they can be repaired, but that they won’t work on them if the are on the RV.

I’ve also heard you can buy a working A/C from one of the RV junkyards, like Colaw or Visone. They strip A/Cs from wrecked RVs with body damage.
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I kinda though that. Where is a good place to start looking to find a replacement.
My paperwork says its a RVP A division of AIRXCEL, Inc. But I guess I can replace it with any air conditioner.

Thanks again for your help....

You should see if you can cross-reference what that would be now. I bet once you find that you can check Amazon. Gettting a unit that matches could save some re-wiring allowing you to use the same control unit/ thermostat.
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I have a 2017 Adventurer and the rear A/C spit out itís refrigerant last fall. 45-days after its 2-yr warranty expired. Not repairable I was told.

I have heard that if folks have the unit removed and physically take it to an A/C repair shop that they can be repaired, but that they wonít work on them if the are on the RV.

Iíve also heard you can buy a working A/C from one of the RV junkyards, like Colaw or Visone. They strip A/Cs from wrecked RVs with body damage.
On your unit check to see if any oil is around the tubing. That is a giveaway for refrigerant leak. If you do find that, I'd remove top unit and take it into get repaired. Probably only cost you 200 vs 1000 for a new one. Also you could explain to tech what you found and if its a simple fix they may do it on the roof
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Before buying just any replacement consider what models and brand will work with your thermostat. Not just any will work.
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Thank you very much. I can't wait for the weather to break here in the Midwest. I'll be out there with volt meter in hand as soon as the snow and cold are gone.
Again I appreciate all the feed back that I'm getting back.
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