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Old 12-25-2011, 07:36 PM   #15
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Thanks for all the info Dave. What are your thoughts about the lackluster power to the lights? The issue with them don't coincide with the furnace being on or off. They have issues with adequate power even with the furnace off. This is why I was looking at issues with the power center
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If you are having problems with lights and furnace, then it is either a converter on it's last legs or you have several bad connections. You can see some of what can happen (as in things to look for) in the picture below. Burnt connectors like this are due to corrosion which creates high resistance and reduce voltage to the loads (dim lights). These were output power plugs from the PD converter I replaced. Your PD would use simular plugs. Connections to lights, switches, and junction boxes can also have these problems. While my old converter was working, I do have 4 house batteries that I wanted to keep properly charged. For battery charging, the technology of the old linear PD converters is far behind todays modern 3 stage converter.
Side note: Your dodge chassis connectors under the dash can exhibit problems like this also.

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Old 12-25-2011, 09:12 PM   #17
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Looks like you were lucky and did not have a fire with a connector like that, glad you caught it in time

I agree check for loose and dirty connections - as I suggested earlier

The older converters worked fine for what they were but did not properly charge a deep cycle battery bank and could if left alone boil the batteries. They were simple and hardly ever failed
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