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chalkstar 12-25-2008 07:04 AM

Blown 5 amp fuse on Carrier System
 
Hello, I have a Carrier central unit that keeps blowing a 5 amp fuse on the control board of the air handler/blower.

Problem began about a week ago when we went to adjust the thermostat and the digital display was blank.

Upon further inspection we discovered the 5 amp that had blown.

Upon replacement, the thermostat came back but the fuse blew again when the heat tried to turn on.

After this we inspected the wiring at the outside unit and found no apparent problems. We disconnected the main black wire from the outside unit and replaced the fuse, and the display came back again and the fan worked inside. When we reconnected the black wire at the outside unit it ran fine on Heat, and EHeat for about a week and has just blown again this morning.

I'm beginning to believe there is a short somewhere in the wiring to the outside unit. Both times we blew fuses it had rained heavily in the previous 12 hours.

If anyone can offer any tips or suggestions to help us speed along the diagnosis to our problem I would greatly appreciate it!

hvaclover 12-25-2008 09:28 AM

You are right it is a ahort. If you have an ohm meter than start checking for the short.

Barring that you may have a bad contactor in line to what ever form of heating you are using.

chalkstar 12-25-2008 10:37 AM

Thanks for your reply. I am going to get to work with a meter as soon as I can finish all my holiday festivities. What a rotten day to have your heat go out!

kbsparky 12-25-2008 11:09 AM

That fuse is for Control wiring only. I would check the condition of that small thermostat wire going to the outside unit. Look for signs of damage that may have been caused by mice chewing, or weed whacking -- things like that. :eek:

hvaclover 12-25-2008 11:25 AM

agreed.

chalkstar 12-25-2008 12:22 PM

I'll look into it and let you know what I find. Thanks!

chalkstar 12-31-2008 11:45 AM

After a few days of searching (and not running my outside unit) I haven't found a short yet. We cleaned to contactor on the outside unit and tried to cycle on the heat. Now the thermostat does not go blank, but flashes a message of "HP" on the display. Any ideas? I can't seem to track this one down...

chalkstar 12-31-2008 02:13 PM

Turns out the HP message was just a product of having the breakers off outside. We got the unit to kick on for a few seconds, before the fuse blew again. Afterward we found a short to ground associated with the board on the outside unit. Anyone know a good place to get parts?

hvaclover 12-31-2008 05:16 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by chalkstar (Post 204995)
Turns out the HP message was just a product of having the breakers off outside. We got the unit to kick on for a few seconds, before the fuse blew again. Afterward we found a short to ground associated with the board on the outside unit. Anyone know a good place to get parts?


Dang those Gay electrons:laughing: always blowing something:eek:


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