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How do I use the summer fan button on my vulcan powerhouse system

I have a white control box under my heating control box on the wall, which has three buttons on it....DSI Indicator, Summer Fan, and Economy. These buttons used to light up but dont anymore, so I am wondering what could have happened, and how to use them if they do still work?
I've had a central heating expert(?) to service the unit last winter, but he had no idea what the buttons meant, and promised to find out but never got back to me! Have a feeling he may have turned off the control box under the house when he was servicing the unit, because it hasnt lit up since.
Any help or suggestions, or even an idea where to get a manual would be great,
thank you in anticipation,
Anne

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It sounds like the direction switch has a broken connection on the "reverse" side.  Should be an easy fix (but you might need a soldering iron).

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Hello, W/D here. It sounds like you have bypassed your on/off switch.
The white wire is the common wire, which returns the power to ground, and completing the circuit. By connecting this wire, you have completed a circuit, indicating that power was constantly on to the fan.
Gain access to your wiring in the ceiling (trip the breaker first, please).
If you have tied your hot wires to a twisted bundle of black wires, you have tied to the hot thru line. Look for a single black wire. What normally happens with the ceiling wiring is that the circuit hot wire goes to your ceiling box. Another wire connects to this one. It passes on to the next device on the circuit. Yet another wire ties to the bundle. It is your switch hot wire. It goes to the switch, and returns to the ceiling box. The return wire from the switch is the one you're looking for.
Regards, --W/D--

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Try to move the clock to a different place. Atomic clocks work by receiving a radio signal. If it has no reception, it may do that. However, I would suspect that no reception would lead to it not setting at all(at least based on the ones I've seen) and it may be something wrong with it (i.e. having difficulty detecting where it's hands are) Good luck.

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