What causes this APU problem

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by insipidtoast, Jul 10, 2019.

  1. insipidtoast

    insipidtoast Light Load Member

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    I’m about to have my thermo king tripac evolution APU worked on for the 5th time in the past 3 weeks, because the a/c still cuts out in the middle of the night. This is accompanied with the ! Icon near the controls.

    They cut the drainage tube first, which seemed to solve the problem for 2 weeks. During that time they also did an oil change. When the problem resurfaced they checked for leaks, added more freon, and replaced a shraeder valve that the mechanic said was leaking. Third time out of the shop that same night the error happened again.

    After the 4th and latest attempt...one night okay (temps dropped to 60 degrees that night, so I didn’t need the a/c to run very hard). Next night (last night) a/c cut out again.

    Motor still runs despite a/c cutting off.

    I spoke with another driver who said he had the same issue with his apu last year. They tried many different things, that didn’t work until they replaced the circuit board, which solved the problem.

    Any other ideas?

    This seems to happen after the unit has been running for six hours. If I switch to fan mode for a few minutes, then Turn the unit off, then turn it back on. I can get another five or six hours of a/c.

    If I just turn it off for a few seconds, then immediately turn it back on to a/c mode, it cuts out within ten minutes.
     
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  2. truckdriver31

    truckdriver31 Road Train Member

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    do you wash your truck alot. sometimes when i wash mine the water gets into the condenser fan and blows the fuse.
     
  3. it's probably just a circuit board..
    I had a ProStar back about 2009 that love to blow out the AC unit they said basically all you have to do is make sure you;
    which I found really weird cuz I had Peterbilt and Kenworth up till the time but turn on the bunk air..and yes when you ran the air conditioner and turn on the bunk air for some reason the whole ACM automatic control module behaved itself..
    but it was a circuit board issue also
     
  4. Hyweighman

    Hyweighman Medium Load Member

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    It could be a binary switch on compressor. Mine would stick opened. It works the fan out side of truck. On wall. I bypassed the switch it works now.. mine would work for about 6hrs then shut down.
     
  5. insipidtoast

    insipidtoast Light Load Member

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    So the Thermo King technician got under the bunk and moved temperature sensor on coil closer to the small pipes where freon enters.

    He also set the low temperature to 60F. It was at 40F.

    His reasoning is that the coil is freezing up, since the system isn’t being triggered to defrost the coil.

    Well this theory is probably wrong, because the A/C & fan cut out again last night with the ! Icon.
     
  6. insipidtoast

    insipidtoast Light Load Member

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    No, usually only about once a month.
     
  7. mustang190

    mustang190 Road Train Member

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    Have them check or remove the artic sensor. I believe that is what it’s called. It has something to do with very cold temps and cuts out the AC
     
  8. Misesian

    Misesian Road Train Member

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    Check to see if your unit has the active recall for the fuse that sits in your battery box. Mine was doing the same thing and that was the cause. That fuse that goes to your truck batteries is too low of capacity.
     
  9. insipidtoast

    insipidtoast Light Load Member

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    Ok thanks for the suggestions. The unit has now worked successfully 2 nights in a row. I don’t know why, because 3 nights ago (the night after leaving the thermoking) it failed. Since then we haven’t done any work to it, so I’m not sure why it’s worked 2 nights in a row.

    Of course I left it in the shop in El Paso last night to show them. Not sure what to do now.

    I think it might have something to do with the outside humidity, since it’s never messed up when I’m in the western USA.
     
  10. 86scotty

    86scotty Heavy Load Member

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    I had this problem for awhile with my Tri Pac. I unplugged/replugged and wiggled all the wiring on the condenser fan and everything on the back wall. Then I pulled the inside circuit board cover and unplugged/plugged in all the plugs, wiggled all the fuses and it has worked ever since.

    I think the wiring outside on the back wall is the problem on these. It's in direct sunlight and weather all the time. Wiring and plastic plugs break down causing shorts.

    Glad your working for now, if it comes back try fooling around with all that exposed wiring by your condenser fan.
     
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