Originally Posted by ShermanD
The Airconditioner will NOT immediately shut off when you turn the thermostat to off. it has to complete its cycle before it shuts down. Shutting off the breaker is a sure way to destroy the unit.
that is not actually true, it may apply to your unit, but most of the units I have worked on the compressor does in fact shut down as soon as unit is turned off with the stat. There may be a fan delay and there is normally a start delay to allow the pressures to equalize.
Unless his rig and yours are identical reading the manual does nothing to solve the problem.