4 Troubleshooting Tips for RV Air Conditioners

Proper maintenance and care of your RV is a sure fire way to keep it in tip top shape so you can enjoy it for many years to come. One of the most significant parts of an RV is the air conditioning unit. Sometimes the air conditioner unit can have problems. Everything from an improperly functioning motor to luke warm air will happen to your air conditioning unit from time to time. There are several things you can do to trouble shoot the RV air conditioner. Each component is separate and can be looked at independent of one another.

1 - Checking the Thermostat

The first place to look when you notice your RV air conditioner is not working properly is the thermostat. Make sure you have it set to the right temperature. Next, take a look to see if your air conditioner thermostat is powered correctly. If operated by a battery, check to see that the battery is still functioning properly. If operated by a hard wire, check the fuse or the circuit box. If the circuit breaker has been tripped, reset it. If the fuse has been blown, then change the fuse.

2 - Check the Power Cord

Most RV Air conditioners are powered using an extension cord, running from the compressor to the outlet. Make sure the power cord is plugged in. Check the power source to be certain it is functioning properly. If you think there is a problem with the power cord, replace it.

3 - Change the Filter

Too often, we notice that the air flow coming out from the RV air conditioner is either weak or is not cold enough. This can be because we have not changed the filter on the air conditioning unit when it is due. Check the filter, and if it looks like it is filled with a lot of dirt and grime, change the filter immediately. You should notice a much cooler air flow.

4 - Check the Fluids

Take a walk around the condensing unit of your RV air conditioner. Do you see any signs of leaking? If you do see liquids coming out of the condensing unit you likely have a leak with your condensing fluid or freon. If this is the case, you will need to stop the leak and replace the air conditioner fluids appropriately to return the unit to a cold air flow.