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19) Make sure after cleaning any strainer , you A) open the thru hull. B) check the strainer and hose clamps for any leaks C) after starting the a/c unit back up you look for water coming over the side.
So how do you know if the A/C system is working properly? When running, it should be pumping water over the side. Find the discharge side of the line leaving the compressor and find out where it goes out the side of the hull. When you turn the system on and the compressor kicks on a few minutes later, you should see a stream of water going over the side for EVERY unit you have. You should make yourself familiar with where the a/c waters exits the boat.
More than likely you're going to come down to the boat one day and the A/C will be off and the display will be flashing HI PS. This means High Pressure and generally means the water flow has been interrupted to the compressor and senses this the compressor shut itself off. Once in awhile a fish or plastic bag can just get up against the thru hull and shut water flow off and consequently shutting the system down. So you can try to restart the system but if you don't see water streaming over board, you're going to be better off just shutting the system down and checking the strainer as we have already explained.
After clearing the strainer. Make sure you turn back on the thru hull before starting the A/C system. Then after starting make sure you check for water flow over the side. It may take a few seconds before it starts a steady stream but you should see something coming out. If not. Then the clog is not cleared or it could be further up the pipeline from the strainer.
In this case, you will have to go back and troubleshoot the system. Start back at the strainer. Is it full of water or air. If it's full of air, crack it open and bleed the air out by leaving the thru hull partially open. Then re-secure the strainer, reopen the thru hull fully and try again.
Still no water? When the compressor kicks on the pump also kicks on. You should hear it running or be able to feel it vibrate. If it is not you're pump is probably bad. It's best then to stop here and call for some professional help unless you feel confident you can change out the pump.
The strainer is clean, full of water, the pump is definitely
running, you even hear water gurgling in the strainer and pump, but still
not water. You still have two more solutions before quitting for good.
The unit is probably air locked meaning the pump pumped all the water
out of the compressor when it got blocked. Turn the unit back off. Find
that outlet line on the compressor. See photo 3. Usually it's a simple
1 or 2 hose clamps. Loosen that hose clamp enough to where you can slip
the hose on and off. Now get a buddy to turn on the a/c. (NOW CAUTION-
You are about to have a 500 gallon per hour pump pumping salt water at
you thru this hose you just disconnected and also possibly all over a
110VT (READ POSSIBLE ELECTROCUTION) Compressor. Only do this if you feel
confident that you can do it. The pump should come on and at the same
time you should have the hose just partially off the nipple on the compressor.
Just enough to let the air that the pump should now be pushing out. If
this is now happening then the water is coming real soon and as soon as
it does, make sure you've got the hose back on and then tighten up the
clamps. Maybe even have your buddy shut the unit off before tightening
the clamps. Do not leave the unit running without the clamps tight as
the pressure can blow the hose off.
If by chance this didn't work, you still have one other solution. The pump has a hard impellor in it. When the water stops flowing the pump gets hot and sometimes it will seize to the walls of the pump housing. The pump can sound like it's running and still not be turning the impellor if it's seized. Go back to the pump. Disconnect the outlet size hose clamp and remove the hose. Have your buddy turn on A/C. If the pump is running and nothing is coming out try tapping the housing (On a red March pump the housing is also plastic, so tap light) with something. If it's seized this may just break it loose. If it does and starts pumping. Shut everything back off. Hook it back up and also figure that you may have to bleed the unit at the A/C compressor outlet again.
If none of this works, you probably should call one of local area A/C fellows to help you with the unit.
A few notes. If you have the more modern Cruise Air SMXII a/c system, the unit is quite smart and will display to you warning signs to tell you what is wrong.
HI PS (high pressure) means loss of water flow
Remember that the unit is going to cycle 3 times before any displays for HI or LO PS come up. There is also a setting for low or loss 110vt voltage that will come on anytime the voltage has dropped.
To turn on the dehumidifier you hit the COOL, HEAT, FAN buttons at once.
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