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Old 08-07-2010, 10:51   #1
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Cruisair Problem

Hi, we have a cruisair self contained air conditioning unit on our boat. It was working fine. We did try it on the heat mode that i dint think its been on before. The unit is a 1990 vintage. The fans fun the start relay clicks but the compressor will not start. Occasionaly the compressor will start, works and then seems to get quieter and after 40-60 seconds the compressor stops. There are three knobs on the control panel, its recently been gasses and thats ok. would it be the start or run capacitor? I did remove them and they are showing open circit. We are currently in Barcelona and the temperature is 32 celcius with two small children aboard, any ideas?

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Check to make sure that water is flowing through the unit. Sounds to me like the water pump">raw water pump isn't putting water through the system and the compressor's high pressure safety switch is activating. We go through raw water pumps about every 2 years, but since we live in the Florida Keys the A/C is running for 6 months at a stretch.

when you turn the unit on and the relay (actually the thermostat) clicks, there should be water coming out of the discharge. If not, then you've found your problem.

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Old 10-08-2010, 14:19   #3
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A capacitor will read open after a short period of charging, you should see (with the meter set on the OHMS scale) a gradual increase in resistance until it's charged. To double check, discharge the caps with a screwdriver across both terminals and plug the meter in again. This will catch about 90% of bad caps, but I don't think these are your problem, probable more along the lines of the water flow, or even the heat/cool shuttle valve stuck between heat and cool. Try turning on the heat again, let it run for a minute, turn the unit off for 10 minutes, then switch on to cool.
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This document describes techniques for the testing of capacitors using a multimeter without a capacitance test mode:
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