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Signs Your Camper’s AC Needs Repairs
Dirty parts, insufficient cool air, and water leaks are just a few indicators that your camper’s AC unit needs to be fixed. Most repairs can be done by hand, but some require a professional.
Since most traveling and camping are done during the hot summer months, it is essential your camper has a working AC unit. Regular maintenance should keep it functioning properly. But when you notice certain problems, they could be signs your AC needs to be repaired.
The most obvious sign that your ACrequiresrepairs is if it’s not cooling your camper enough. One reason it may not be working efficiently is that it is not a strong enough unit, in which case you simply need to install an additional one or a new one with a higher BTU. An additional reason is that you haven’t been cleaning the air filter every two to four weeks. Dirty filters make the AC work harder. This increased effort leads to more power usage—and thus wasted money—and a shortened lifespan. Getting your AC cleaned professionally will also cost you a lot of money, so it is wise to remember to do it yourself regularly.
Another sign of repair needs is if you have dirty condenser fins from an ill-fittingfilter not covering themcorrectly. Cleaning them is best left to a professional to avoid damage. Also, check for any bent fins and straighten them with a fin comb.Condenser coils should be kept clean as well to avoid restricted airflow. You can use a wet/dry shop vacuum or coil-cleaning products to remove grime thoroughly and carefully. If they are just a little dirty, you can blow out the dirt and debris from the inside out using an air compressor. Further evidence of disrepair is water leaking into your RV, which means the water-collecting pan in the AC unit has a blocked drain. You can clear it with a wire and by blowing it out with air.
If the fan motor is slow to start and oiling or nudging it doesn’t help, it needs to be replaced. Some models can be rebuilt inexpensively. If the fan or compressor doesn’t start at all, the capacitor might be faulty. If all other parts are working but the compressor still doesn’t, you need a new one. Too much or too little power reception also can cause damage, so if you have generator problems or if everyone else at the camp ground is plugged in on a hot day, you should take a look at your AC to ensure it is functioning properly.
If any of these issues occur with your camper’s AC unit, check it right away to prevent further harm. Always remember to turn off all power before making repairs, or the next thing that could need fixing is you. For more information about RV air conditioner service in Santa Cruz, visit this website.
Justin is a certified car nut and writes about all car topics. He has a special interest in performance parts, wheels and rims. Share his enthusiasm at auto care blog on Livejournal.
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