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Old 09-20-2020, 10:25 PM   #1
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A/C controller

I am having issues with the A/Cs on my 2006 Newmar Dutch Star
Two of them stopped working and I plan on replacing them.
Does anyone know where i would fine the A/C controller
I have the 5 button thermostat.
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Old 09-21-2020, 06:36 AM   #2
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How did the A/Cs stop working? Both at the same time? If so, strange.
Have you done a thermostat reset? Does the thermostat have power indicated by the face being illuminated. Touch any button to see if the light turns on. If it does illuminate, you have power to the thermostat. Then do a reset by turning the T-stat off. There is a black switch on the bottom, move it to off. Then, press on the top and bottom buttons on the face of the T-stat and hold them in while moving the on-off switch to on. Continue holding the buttons in until the screen shows ff in the display. Now release the buttons and the T-stat is reset.
Select what mode you want on the T-stat. I would suggest selecting the Fan only mode to see if the T-stat is talking to the roof units. The fans should come on immediately. If a cool or heat mode is selected, there is about a 3-minute delay before the units come on.
If there is no illumination of the T-stat when going through the reset process, check the fuse, I think it is a 7.5 amp. It will be located in the bed room panels somewhere near the major breaker panel. There will be a bunch of fuses on a fuse block. They should be labeled. Check that it is good, remove and replace even if you think it is OK.
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Old 09-21-2020, 10:53 PM   #3
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A/C units

Both A/C units were running fine until late evening then one made aloud bang and quit running all together the other just blew hot air and now will not do anything
All the controls work ie thermo
I just need to locate the controller to see if it is compatible with newer style A/C units.
I already removed one of the units, does any one know how to bench test these
I realize that u need 110 ac power to the unit but how do you excite it to get it running
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Old 09-21-2020, 11:56 PM   #4
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Just bypass the thermostat/controller, energize the unit on the bench with 120VAC at the connection lugs for the compressor and fan...You may have a start/run capacitor problem, check them all.
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Old 09-22-2020, 12:48 AM   #5
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The controllers are above the filter return in each A/C pull the filter down you will see them. Zone 1 normally the front one is the master rear zone 2 is the slave.
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Old 09-22-2020, 09:53 AM   #6
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You don't say what A/C units you have but on my Dometic Penguin II units the control boards are separate in each unit. I have to remove the shroud on top and then take off a cover to get to the control board. The only thing other than that is the thermostat that controls both units.
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Old 09-22-2020, 01:23 PM   #7
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shop for AC parts on pplmotorhomes or dyers.com. Pretty much our old AC equipment is incompatible with anything new. You will need the 10 button dometic controller. In addition to the 2ACs, you will probably need to replace the furnace controller.
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Old 09-22-2020, 11:00 PM   #8
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A/C units

Ok here is the latest, I called NewMar support today and the controllers are inside each unit along with the capacitors etc
I have I believe one Dometic Penguin 1 and two Penguin 11, some one must have replaced at one time.
The Penguin 1 is now off the roof and on the ground and sure enough the controller is inside
Now as I asked before how does one test these I connected 110v ac to the appropriate leads and of course it will not run unless there is an excited wire
to start.
Think about this you have constant power going up to the unit something else starts it.
I plan on removing the Penguin 11 this weekend.
By the way I own an electrical company and have my own scissor lift to get these units down
For you readers check out my web site (DoubleTroubleHotRod.com)
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