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Control fuse keeps blowing on a htg/cooling call

The control circuit fuse blows on a htg or cooling call so removed all but 24vac to t-stat. I then called for heat/ cooling and fuse wouldnt blow. hooked them back up call for just fan still wouldnt blow..... led's are also lit must be some kinda fault? seems to only blow when calling for htg or clg

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There is a short somwhere in the low voltage circuit. Test the continuity of the remaindimg wires to ground, you should have no resistance, if you do have resistane the wire will have to be replaced. Also, the thermostat can have an internal short which can cause the fuse to blow.

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In troubleshooting A/C problems you have to determine if the problem is a control circuitry issue or a line voltage issue or component.The first thing you want to do is determine if you have line voltage. You check the breaker at your main fuse box and any fuses at the disconnect box next to the outdoor unit. To check the fuses, turn the power off at the breaker box and remove the fuses. Take a multimeter and place it on the resistance setting. (Rx1) Place one lead on one end of the fuse and the other lead on the opposite end. If the meter arrow goes to zero, the fuse is good. If it stays at infinity (a sign that looks like an 8) it is bad or open. Replace the fuse, as they will blow especially during initial season start-up of the compressor.

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If you are not getting any response from your furnace and your furnace is not working, then the first thing you want to check is that there is power coming in.

If you have 120VAC coming in, then check to see if you have 24VAC coming from the transformer. If you do not have the 24VAC from the low voltage transformer then the transformer has burnt out. Power surges and especially brown outs (low voltage) can cause the transformer to burn out.

If there is 24VAC coming from the transformer secondary then check to see if there is a fuse in the low voltage circuit. Sometimes the fuse on the circuit board and often are an automotive type fuse that plugs into the circuit board. Sometimes the fuse will be an inline fuse that will be in a black round tube type holder. If the fuse is blown do not replace with a higher amperage fuse, you will cause more damage, or blow the transformer.

If the fuse is blown then unhook the t-stat wires and check again. This will tell you if the short that blows the fuse is external to the furnace or internal.

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