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Old 08-02-2021, 07:06 AM   #1
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Coleman A/C Compressor

I have a 1996 American Eagle with two A/C units and one of them is giving me some issues. As soon as I turn the breaker on, the A/C compressor starts to run, even before I turn it from Off to Cool. Everything else functions correctly after I turn the fan on, it cools and the fans run, but the compressor never shuts off. Before I dive into the troubleshooting mode, has anyone ever had this problem. I have looked at the capacitors on the roof and nothing looks blown up or burnt. Any suggestions?

Dan Gray
1996 American Eagle - 39AF
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Old 08-02-2021, 07:28 AM   #2
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You’ve got a stuck compressor contactor - probably the contacts have welded themselves shut.

I’m not 100% familiar with the wiring on these units, but I do know that compressor current doesn’t go through the thermostat - so that means there has to be a contactor somewhere to handle the high current of the compressor.
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Old 08-02-2021, 11:30 AM   #3
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If you have a multi-zone system there will be a control board that has relays on it. MrMark52 is probably correct that one of the relays have arc welded themselves together and are not releasing anymore. Unfortunately I believe these are soldered to the board.

So you will either need a replacement board or a company to repair the board. Unless you are capable of replacing soldered parts yourself. I believe it is the Purple wire that runs the compressor on Coleman (although you will need to verify this yourself).

There should be a wiring diagram/schematic on the panels of the control board housing (usually on the inside after removing the cover that houses the board). Also, possibly another one near the compressor where all the wires terminate.

Good luck!
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