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Old 07-05-2008, 11:20 AM   #15
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RV Wizard makes a good point. If the reversing valve is in fact cooling at some point that means it is funtioning as it is being directed by the solenoid valve. This failure is much more common than a R.valve replacement. If the sol. valve coil is getting a constant signal during cooling operation and it's dropping out and reverting to heat mode you know it's the solenoid valve. If the voltage drops when the valve changes you need to look farther upstream.
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Well finally got a/c fixed. Took it to Diekers R.V. east of Emporia Ks. They called Dometic who said it needed a new board, 3 days, anew board and $158.00 later it still did not work, another call to Dometic and they said a new unit at $1200.00. I said no thanks. caled ZZZ's RV. in Ottowa Ks. Took it in, They said a new reversing valve selinoid, which they ordered. I became curios and called Dometic and was told you could not replace the selinoid. I asked the cost of a new unit and was told to talk to a dealer. Selinoid came in and was installed, the unit works great. I for one am not a fan of DOMETIC and know your RV service place well. Thanks again for all suggestions. Gary
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Old 07-29-2008, 01:49 PM   #17
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I like Dometic products when they're working, but they have no customer service, they make the authorized service centers jump through hoops to troubleshoot, they place all of the burden on the customer and the service center, they will do anything to take the cheapest way out, and will do anything to avoid warranty expenses.

That's the nicest thing I can say about them.
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Thanks for passing that on - mine is doing almost exactly the same thing, but with a less defined hot/cold cycle. It's going in tomorrow for en evaluation, before I head down to the Canyonlands.
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I did take it in yesterday, to Camping World, Wilsonville, OR. Guess what? Operator error! I do NOT need a new unit. Based upon past experience as controller for a seventy store chain, I was running my roof air on low or medium, and not real cold, to keep it from icing up - and that is what was causing it to ice up! Duh! The tech said run it on high when you can. Whenever it ices up, whatever the setting, turn off the compressor and let the fan keep blowing. That cool air you begin feeling is the ice melting; you can see the water running off the roof. When the ice is melted, you can turn the fan back on.

Cost me a buck and a quarter to find that out, but still a lot cheaper than a new unit, plus installation. Dang! This is fun.
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The RV manufacturers would do themselves a big favor and save a lot of problems it they would simply wire the fans so that they will ONLY run on HIGH speed when the compressor is operating.

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