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Old 05-10-2011, 08:39 PM   #1
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Arrow A/C Problem: Turns on Then Shuts Off

The AC unit on my 2008 Airstream Safari Sport 16' trailer is having a problem. I can turn it on and the fan will blow just fine, but what doesn't continue to work is the part of the AC unit which makes the cold air. If I turn the thermostat so that the cold air kicks on, it will come on, but then after about 1-2 minutes it shuts off for no reason. The air conditioner gets louder and louder leading up to its cutting off, and it almost sounds like it's running faster and faster, then when it does shut off, the shudder of it turning off almost shakes the trailer a little bit. As I said before though, the fan will keep blowing air even though the "cold air" part of the unit comes to a shuddering stop. Any help is appreciated!

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Old 05-10-2011, 08:53 PM   #2
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The AC unit on my 2008 Airstream Safari Sport 16' trailer is having a problem. I can turn it on and the fan will blow just fine, but what doesn't continue to work is the part of the AC unit which makes the cold air. If I turn the thermostat so that the cold air kicks on, it will come on, but then after about 1-2 minutes it shuts off for no reason. The air conditioner gets louder and louder leading up to its cutting off, and it almost sounds like it's running faster and faster, then when it does shut off, the shudder of it turning off almost shakes the trailer a little bit. As I said before though, the fan will keep blowing air even though the "cold air" part of the unit comes to a shuddering stop. Any help is appreciated!

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Are you using an extension cord?

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Old 05-10-2011, 08:58 PM   #3
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Welcome to the forums. It sounds like the compressor is shutting down due to excess head pressure. Have you checked to make sure all the vents on the outside of the air conditioner are clear, and not blocked by debris or an a/c cover?
Which brand a/c does your Sport have? Is it a Carrier?
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Sounds like you are having problems with the Compressor. Do you have a good service you are running off of. (Not going through an extension cord) You can check the voltage make sure its not much below 120V. Could also be a starting capacitor or just a failing compressor.
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Andy, I was using an extension cord (which wasn't nearly powerful enough) and it started doing the things I have been describing. After having it shudder on and off for a day or two, I went and bought a good 30 amp extension and ran it directly from a 30 amp breaker; so there is plenty of power now I would think, although it is still about 70 feet from the box to the trailer-not sure if that would matter much?

Some more information I would add is that I have been staying at a campground (hooked up to plenty of power) for 3 weeks. I just moved my trailer to where it is now, parked outside a building, and had it hooked up to a cord giving insufficient power, and that is when this problem started to occur. So until I hooked it up here, a few days ago to the low power source, I wasn't having any problems at all, but now that I am hooked up to a good power source, it continues to have the same problem.

Terry, I haven't checked. Yes, it's a Carrier-is that good or bad?

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