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Old 02-22-2016, 06:24 PM   #11
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Here is a link to Progressive Dynamics converters at Tweetys, good prices.

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Old 02-22-2016, 06:53 PM   #12
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My converter died (right?)

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Old 02-22-2016, 07:01 PM   #13
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Everybody should understand that regardless of how poor the LEDs on the house panel are at determining battery state of charge, if they don't all light when on shore power, something is seriously wrong with the converter. Same is true when the engine is running in an RV or the TV is connected with a TT. At least they are good for that.
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Old 02-22-2016, 11:25 PM   #14
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My WFCO 55 amp converter died earlier this year. Symptoms included the refrigerator indicator lights clicking on and off. Even though the fridge "runs" on 120V it still needs 12VDC for the controller board. So when you lose the 12VDC then your fridge will stop running.

I checked voltage on the battery and it was about 8VDC. I checked the input to the converter and it was 120VAC - that's normal and correct. The output wires of the converter registered 0VDC - it should be around 13-14 volts.

Reading up on converters it was obvious that MANY WFCO converters were failing - possibly because the majority of the RVs have them. I called a local RV parts guy and he ONLY carried Progressive Dynamics Converters because he didn't want his customers coming back a 2nd time for this problem.

I bought the PD converter. It is SO much quieter I don't even know it is down there doing it's job day after day. The heat sink is so large that the heat generated when the converter is working is dissipated by the heat sink. I've never heard the fan run.
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Old 02-25-2016, 03:36 PM   #15
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Everybody should understand that regardless of how poor the LEDs on the house panel are at determining battery state of charge, if they don't all light when on shore power, something is seriously wrong with the converter. Same is true when the engine is running in an RV or the TV is connected with a TT. At least they are good for that.
Lesson learned. We noticed this when getting the RV, but weren't cynical enough to think there was a real problem. The RV guy said "well you can tell how low the battery is just by watching the lights get dim!" That should've been our clue...

I'm just thankful it may only be a $200 repair.
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Old 02-25-2016, 03:38 PM   #16
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My WFCO 55 amp converter died earlier this year. Symptoms included the refrigerator indicator lights clicking on and off. Even though the fridge "runs" on 120V it still needs 12VDC for the controller board. So when you lose the 12VDC then your fridge will stop running.

I checked voltage on the battery and it was about 8VDC. I checked the input to the converter and it was 120VAC - that's normal and correct. The output wires of the converter registered 0VDC - it should be around 13-14 volts.

Reading up on converters it was obvious that MANY WFCO converters were failing - possibly because the majority of the RVs have them. I called a local RV parts guy and he ONLY carried Progressive Dynamics Converters because he didn't want his customers coming back a 2nd time for this problem.

I bought the PD converter. It is SO much quieter I don't even know it is down there doing it's job day after day. The heat sink is so large that the heat generated when the converter is working is dissipated by the heat sink. I've never heard the fan run.
Thanks for the input. Sounds like you may have the same setup I did with the WFCO 55amp.

Question about the PD replacement-- the ones I've seen (4655) seem to have the fan pointing in a different direction than the WFCO unit - 90 degrees off.

Isn't this a problem? There is no exhaust in the panel where the fan looks like it would be.
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Old 02-25-2016, 05:07 PM   #17
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If you decide on Progressive Dynamics, you need the PD4655. It is a direct drop in replacement for the WFCO. You keep the distribution center and replace just the converter. I also had the WFCO 8955 as original equipment. Have had zero problems since replacing it. The fan on the PD sucks cool air in thru the front faceplate of the distribution center and over/around the electronics and heatsink. Took me about 30 minutes to swap it out.

4600 series Upgrade Kits
About the best price - - if not the best price - - you'll find and some of the best customer service you will ever get. Randy will answer e-mails and answer questions before you buy.

4600 Series Upgrade or Replacement Power Converters
The Progressive Dynamics website ... you can download the install and users manual here.

There is a youtube video of a guy replacing his WFCO with the PD. Should be able to google it ... that's how I found it.
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Eazy, my model was the WF-9855 deck mount converter. I replaced it with a similar-in-size PD9160A. It is located under the stairs so it is a pretty large area for the heat to be dissipated.

I see that the Original Poster had the 8955 Distribution Center which is a bit different, to say the least. BUT, my recommendation for the PD replacement for that model also stands, since I've never read anyone say that their PD Converter had died.
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My WFCO 55 amp converter died earlier this year. Symptoms included the refrigerator indicator lights clicking on and off. Even though the fridge "runs" on 120V it still needs 12VDC for the controller board. So when you lose the 12VDC then your fridge will stop running.

I checked voltage on the battery and it was about 8VDC. I checked the input to the converter and it was 120VAC - that's normal and correct. The output wires of the converter registered 0VDC - it should be around 13-14 volts.
If a battery get as low as 8 volts, many converters will simply shut down. They are just not built to bring a dead battery (anything below 10v is dead) back to life. Usually, fuses will blow.

The WFCO converters will generally not charge a battery that is below 10-11 volts, which is pretty low. I've seen it for myself.

When I replaced the dead battery, and replaced the fuses, my WFCO worked just fine.

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