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Old 06-12-2013, 05:47 PM   #1
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AC, how long should I run it on a hot day?

I have a 30 ft. MH Itasca with one AC unit, 1480 BTU. A RV
service shop said that I should run it only for 3 or 4 hours
at the most and then shut it off for 45 mins.

Extended runing time, like 6 or 8 hrs. could damage it.

Any ideas?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 06-12-2013, 05:51 PM   #2
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Old 06-12-2013, 05:55 PM   #3
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I have two ACs and not all are alike. At times I run both together or one alone. But to take the load off of the AC, will use an exhaust fan to evacuate the hot air and I also run a box fan to circulate the cool AC air.
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Old 06-12-2013, 05:55 PM   #4
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We run ours all day, all night as needed...for days at a time.
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Old 06-12-2013, 06:07 PM   #5
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Curious as to what his reasoning was for not running it for extended periods? That's what these things are meant to do!
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We run ours all day, all night as needed...for days at a time.
same here!
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That's what you get when someone thinks they know what they are talking about. AC's like generators are meant to run.
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Old 06-12-2013, 06:14 PM   #8
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It is amazing at the stories these idiots at the service level come up with. Go find another shop. I'd also make a point to tell the owner of the place about why you do not use them.

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Run it until the thermostat shuts it off.
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Old 06-12-2013, 06:18 PM   #10
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I feel the same as everyone already said. Of course, what the man said is-in a way, true. If you don't use your RV as much it might last longer too. Totally illogical, but factually true.
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If that AC is only 1480 btu, it won't cool a closet, so I assume that's a typo. Anyway, that guy must be an idiot. Leave it on as long as you need it.
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I've been plugged in and running one a/c for a year, on and off. Being in Florida, the humidity has to be pulled out of the idle coach. Opening sliding windows here is not a great idea unless you are always around to close them when a t-boomer rolls through. My BIL was an appliance repair guy and he told me more than once, "slam the door shut on the microwave, set the fridge temp where you want it and run the p%# out of the dishwasher, washer and dryer and you will have less problems with them. They were built for abuse". But then again, he made his living fixing the dang things.
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Lots of things will last a long time if you don;t use them. You could put your whole RV in a vacuum bag and seal it.

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