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Old 04-01-2013, 09:21 PM   #1
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36RE air conditioner problems

My husband is in Texas working night's and staying in our FW. He woke up this afternoon with the AC in the main living area not working. It was blowing warm air and the hour glass symbol was on the thermostat. I looked up on domestic website and that icon says its the compressor start up delay. What ever that means. Anyone have a clue what we should check or do? I've attached an image of the thermostat. We looked through our paperwork and can not find anything to tell us what AC unit we have.
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Old 04-01-2013, 09:24 PM   #2
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It may be froze up.

Shut it off for 30 minutes then restart.
If you close off to many vents and block air flow they will sometimes freeze up.

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Old 04-02-2013, 07:04 AM   #3
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X2 on icing. If indeed the culprit once it melts off the fins the unit should begin to cool when restarted. Your control panel looks exactly like mine in my 2010 SATS. I have a Dometic 15k btu unit.
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Old 04-03-2013, 06:49 AM   #4
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Another issue could just be hung up electronics. Modern electronic controls can get hung up in a particular mode and refuse to budge. Sometimes just turning off the power for 5 minutes will reset everything. You may have to pull power to the camper and turn off the batteries to do this. Verify power is off to the thermostats and wait 5.

Let us know if you find the cause.
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Old 04-04-2013, 11:03 PM   #5
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Thanks for the tips. When this happened, my husband turned it off and went to work for the night. Then a cold front blew in which dipped temps and we are using the heat now. But this weekend should be warmer again so we can see what happens when we turn the AC back on. Optimistic it's had plenty of time to reset and "behave". Thanks again.
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Old 04-06-2013, 01:57 PM   #6
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Weather warmed up enough today to turn on AC and see what it would do. It's blowing cold air. YAY! When AC is running, readings on the thermostat are normal. But when it shuts off, thermostat shows hour glass. (See image). Can't find anything that tells me what the symbol means. Is it normal or indicating a problem? It's been through 4 cycles of on/off and still cooling. Hoping there is no problem and that it just froze up earlier this week.
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Old 04-06-2013, 03:14 PM   #7
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The hourglass indicates the system timer is activated. There is a 2 minute delay timer built in to protect the system. It's a
good thing.
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Old 04-07-2013, 09:39 PM   #8
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One cause of 'freezing up' can be reduced airflow. This can be due to clogged air filters or having too many of the vents closed (trying to direct all the air to a single spot).

Yup - I've made both mistakes
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