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  • meccie Nov 16, 2008

    I replaced the thermostat on my Carrier AC and evidently shorted out something probably the TRANSFORMER and now I have nothing going to the thermostat. If I have a transformer I cannnot locate it. I need to know where the transformer is and how it is wired.

    Thanks

  • meccie May 11, 2010

    I thought the same thing but I cannot find the fuse. By the way I did have a short at the thermostat.

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I found my problem it was a fuse. The hadest thing was finding where the fuse was located. I kept looking and taking apart until lo and behold it was in the unit inside behind the big plate. I replaced the fuse 5amp and every thing is ***** dodey. I hope some one gets some use from this article.

Posted on Nov 16, 2008

I took care of the problem. I think my unit is older than 10 yrs. and it did not have a fuse protection, but I installed a fuse and now it's protected. The problem was at the thermostat, for some strange reason the thermostat burned out. Well, it was not a strange reason, the friend who helped me cleaned the unit ...He shorted out the thermostat. So I went and got a new one and also a new transformer. The unit is up and running like new!

I thank everyone for their input...

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Usually if a tranformer burns out you have a short in the 24v side of the system. What type of system do you have? Most units built within the last 10 yrs should have some type of fuse protection.

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