Voltmeter in the Green?

by Mike
(Lititz, PA)

Question: I bought a Voltmeter like the one suggested here (Very Nice). The campgrounds are mostly on the low side of green. When I turn on the air conditioner (only the air conditioner), the power consumption makes the needle drop into the red. Does that mean that I shouldn't use the air conditioner, or is it ok since it started out in the green?



Robbie: No-one likes the AC running in the red. But if you have an older unit and the AC is a piston style this could be normal. If newer than 10 years you don't want to see the voltmeter in the red. Have someone test the voltage with a digital meter while the AC is running and see just how low it gets. You need to remember the lower the voltage means the lower the amps to the AC and the hotter the components will get. Let me know what the voltage reading is when you can.

Good luck...
Robbie

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