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Old 10-09-2015, 08:10 PM   #1
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AC blowing hot air

Is this normal or do I have a problem? Temp in high 90s and all I get is hot air till it cools off in the late PM.
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Old 10-09-2015, 08:44 PM   #2
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No, of course A/C units are designed to blow cold air, not hot air when set on COOL. You should be able to cool your RV during the day, in the sun, and not have to wait until evening. Are you sure that you don't have a heat pump unit that is capable of heating as well as cooling? You could also have an a/c unit with heat strips that is also designed to heat. Do you have a thermostat that controls the unit or do you use the knob/switches that are on the unit it's self.
Bottom line is that you either have the a/c controls set incorrectly or you have a defective a/c. The a/c unit is a closed loop system so you cannot add "freon". If it's low on "freon", the unit will need to be replaced! I'd verify my a/c setting before I did anything else!!
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Old 10-09-2015, 10:04 PM   #3
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I do have thermostat and is set on cool, set at 75 deg, was fine last nite actually too cool then today up to 98 and all is blowing is the fan, temp is dropping now and unit is starting to blow cool air again. I did not touch the thermostat.
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I do have thermostat and is set on cool, set at 75 deg, was fine last nite actually too cool then today up to 98 and all is blowing is the fan, temp is dropping now and unit is starting to blow cool air again. I did not touch the thermostat.

If it's made by Dometic, it's probably defective and needs to be changed out. They're having a very bad year.


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Old 10-10-2015, 11:51 AM   #5
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Do you hear the compressor running or just the fan? The compressor will make a deep rumbling sound, quit different than just the fan. If the compressor is not running you could be low on Freon. A service center should be able to hook up his pressure gauges and determine if low Freon is the issue. The compressor should start and stop to control the temperature in your RV. The warm air you are feeling tells me the compressor is not running. It could not be running due to low Freon or a bad relay.
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Old 10-10-2015, 12:19 PM   #6
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It always helps if you can identify the RV (make, model, year) to get proper answers to a question. But, if you have a Dometic AC and is not cooling it may have lost it's charge. They are sealed units and can not be recharged, only solution is replacement. If the RV isn't very old it may be covered by warranty. Dometic usually has at least a 2 year warranty on their products and possibly a 3 year warranty.
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It is a Coleman AC. Again last night it worked fine cycled on and off now is not as cool as should be. I turned off the water heater to see if that will help as there may be too much power draw, yesterday AC water heater and hair dryer blew the shore breaker.
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Why are these units made as a closed loop. It seems ridiculous to have through away units.
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Old 10-10-2015, 03:55 PM   #9
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Why are these units made as a closed loop. It seems ridiculous to have through away units.
I agree, but had to replace my unit last spring as there is no way to add refrigerant. Luckily, it was covered by Dometic's 2 year warranty. However, the warranty period did not restart with the new unit, they retain the original 2 year time frame.
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Old 10-10-2015, 04:33 PM   #10
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Any A/C repair person can add ports in both the suction and highside. They really do not have to replace the whole unit to recharge it, A/C people have self tapping ports which will leak again so the solder in valves are better. Why pay 650.00 for a unit and installation when you can call and have a person repair it for probably under 200.00.
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Old 10-10-2015, 04:39 PM   #11
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Any A/C repair person can add ports in both the suction and highside. They really do not have to replace the whole unit to recharge it, A/C people have self tapping ports which will leak again so the solder in valves are better. Why pay 650.00 for a unit and installation when you can call and have a person repair it for probably under 200.00.
If it is under warranty, adding ports invalidates the warranty.
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If it is under warranty, adding ports invalidates the warranty.
Yes I understand, that was meant for people out of warranty. Should have made that clearer in my post...Thanks...
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We had a similar issue. There is a divider between the intake and the air outlet in ceiling mounted units. Ours had shifted resulted in cold air being sucked with the warm air. It worked at night, lower load, but during the day it was poor. We pushed it back to where it goes and sealed the cracks with some metal duck tape. It then worked like it should.

you need to measure the inlet and the outlet temps, there should be a 20 deg min difference. Also in humid areas, you can loose a bunch of cooling as you suck the water from the air.
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I had the port added to my front AC unit while on a trip this summer. When I got home I took it in for service and was told I had voided the warranty on unit. I contacted Domestic and explained why it was necessary to add port and they reinstated my warranty. That unit is still working. However while at the RV dealer the rear AC unit stopped working and they removed it and replaced it with a new unit.
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Old 10-15-2015, 05:58 PM   #16
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There are several other forums about the Dometic Brisk Air II models...they are GARBAGE! going to have mine replaced tomorrow.
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I had the port added to my front AC unit while on a trip this summer. When I got home I took it in for service and was told I had voided the warranty on unit. I contacted Domestic and explained why it was necessary to add port and they reinstated my warranty. That unit is still working. However while at the RV dealer the rear AC unit stopped working and they removed it and replaced it with a new unit.
I'm glad it worked out for you, I don't know why they refuse to ports in at the factory, It kinda of makes it a throw away unit without them and that may be reason $$$$ for them after warranty 2 years is over. Only other A/C that will not come with them are window units, but they are a lot cheaper to replace then a RV roof top unit. Even cars and trucks come with them installed....
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I'm glad it worked out for you, I don't know why they refuse to ports in at the factory, It kinda of makes it a throw away unit without them and that may be reason $$$$ for them after warranty 2 years is over. Only other A/C that will not come with them are window units, but they are a lot cheaper to replace then a RV roof top unit. Even cars and trucks come with them installed....
I'm pretty sure you're spot on. They didn't want to over engineer the product. It's much more profitable to sell replacement units.

I didn't know recharge fittings could be installed in these units. This is the first I hear of this. It makes sense though. Last September while RV'ing I noticed both AC units were not cooling as well as they had in the past, primarily the unit in the bedroom. The compressor would kick on periodically with the thermostat being set at the coldest setting.

I definitely want to try to find an AC outfit that is willing to install the fittings and charge the system to the proper level before I have to replace both units. A mobile repair guy quoted me 1K installed per unit. OUCH!
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Recharge Fittings

Any AC repairman or installer will have these fittings in his box. It is a simple job to install. Having worked in the AC field most of my life I agree with you that they should be installed on all units when built. Over a period of time most Ac units will require a slight charge.

The roof top units on most RV's can be replaced in a little over 1 hour when exchanging like units and $1000.00 is high. Find another shop to do business with. Independent AC repair shops will do the job for less money than the RV dealers.
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AC blowing hot air

Simple job

Working on putting my second a/c on.
This is the second time I've installed my own a/c, the hardest part is getting on the roof unless you have help.
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