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Old 01-16-2011, 09:16 AM   #1
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I fixed mine......


We have a 2000, Fleetwood, Pace Arrow and our heating/cooling is controlled by a ''Electronic Climate Control by Intellitec'' control center. For some time we have been having trouble with the control when we try to turn on the furnace. Sometimes it works perfect and sometimes it will not work at all. The control center has two ''selector switches'' to control the Air Conditioner on the front and one for the back and on the left selector switch you push it up past the ''off'' position to turn on the furnace. The left temp control sets the furnace heat and the cut off point of the furnace.

It got to where the furnace would work sometimes and other times it would not work at all or it would develop a mind of its on and it would simply ''come on'' .... I would ''mess with it'' and I could usually make it work most of the time.

We are in Florida now and a couple of nites ago it got down to 28 and guess what........... Yep, the furnace stopped sometime in the middle of the night and me and Willa had to fight for the heating pad. She won. Come daybreak I got up and lit two burners on the stove so we would not freeze to death and when it got warm in the coach I decided it was time to ''fix that flamin control unit'' once and or all. I got all the info and after about an hours calling and looking on the internet I found a dealer out in North Dakota that could ship me one in about a week for only $255.00 plus freight, handling charges, packing fees and misc charges. I said I would call back later.

I got out my trusty ''flip tip'' ''combination'' ''do all'' screwdriver'' and my flash lite and went to the bed room where the control is located.

Right here I want everyone to understand that I am not a trained tech. Concerning motor home electronics but I figured for $255.00 plus all that other stuff I could maybe fix what I had .. I do not advise any of you to try this but here is what I did.

I took my screwdriver and removed two phillip head screws from the face plate and tugged on the control ''thingie'' and it popped off the wall revealing four wires attached to the back. I took a felt tip pin and marked the color of the wire associated with the place it plugged into the box thingie.......

I carefully took my insulated handled needle nose pliers and carefully removed the wires and put tape on the exposed ends for safety and carried the controller to the kitchen table. I put down a large white towel on the table and removed two screws from the back that held on the cardboard cover. Inside I found a couple of little plastic ''donut thingies'' that are spacers for the back cover.

I took the controller outside and took my ''On board Air Compressor'', turned the pressure control valve down to five pounds and carefully blew all the ''stuff'' out of the controller. Cob webs, dust, lint, an I.O.U. From Wayne the Marine concerning a bet, a scribbled note in Crayola Crayon from Paul the Army guy on how to get to Florida, two dead bugs and a couple of things that looked like orange peel came out. I took the thing back inside and got out my contact cleaner and sprayed the contacts under the ''selector slides''....... I sat it down to let the contact cleaner do its magic and waited. While waiting I slid the ''slide switches'' up and own to help clean the contacts and noticed that they were both really hard to move now. Seems that the ''contact cleaner'' cleans everything. It cleans all the ''oil'' off the slide switches and I could see that soon I would need a small hammer and a punch to be able to move the ''slides'' .. I said SHUX ..
With this in mind I got out my trusty WD40 and with the controller on its face on the towel on the table I carefully put a ''tear drop'' size dab of WD40 on the face of the slides. This was to put oil on the slides but not on the contacts..... I slid the slides up and down and the were smooth again. I let the whole mess sit for about 30 minutes and let everything kinda ''dry'' and went back to the bedroom to reinstall the controller. Willa came back to hold the light and to cheer me on. Man oh man she looked good.
Tosseled hair, no make up, fuzzy bunny bedroom shoes and that night gown with the torn button and that ''fuzzy bathrobe'' with the stain on the front. I looked at her and grinned and she said ''not now fool'', ''fix the furnace so we dont freeze to death tonight''....I asked ''Maybe later?'' she said ''Maybe''..........

I re hooked the wires as needed and stuck the controller back on the wall using the two screws to secure it. I pushed the slider up to ''heat'' and the furnace came on. I let it burn for about five minutes and I pushed the thermostat down to 50 and the furnace cycled off.

So far the furnace is working fine and the AC's work also and I just saved $255.oo plus all those other charges.

DISCLAMER...... I do not advocate you to try what I did because you might get hurt or electrocuted or shocked or something but this worked for me and I now have money for beer and other stuff.

Remember this...... if you use this valuable information (and dont get killed) you will owe me ten cents and you must pay me the next time you see me..............
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Old 01-16-2011, 10:06 AM   #2
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Good info to store for later. I have a 1999 Pace Arrow with what sounds like the same kind of set up.
I always like to benifit by someone elses trials.

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Old 01-17-2011, 06:41 PM   #3
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Seajay, Always enjoy your posts as well as your sense of humor.
My 99 PA also has the same setup. Navy vet here as well. Semper Fi, or whatever those guys with the ears say!
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Old 01-18-2011, 03:43 AM   #4
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LOL, lol....interesting interlude about 3/4 the way through. Made my day....
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Old 01-18-2011, 04:06 AM   #5
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I hope your "maybe" became a reality...
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Old 01-18-2011, 05:50 AM   #6
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Good job Seajay,

I have heard of similiar situations where folks with Fleetwoods have removed the fuse to 'fix' a problem like yours. Acts sort of like a 'reboot' to clear out the bad stuff. You did a better job of it thou.

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Old 01-18-2011, 07:56 AM   #7
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I've pulled my controller out a couple times to replace switchs that the light went bad on.
My policy (After repairing electronic equipment for 40 years) is to disconnect shore power and disconnect engine and house batteries before working on any powered controls.
This is to prevent destroying anything else while in the process of reparing the current problem. Been there, done that.

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