Ross
Can you control cooling with some type of thermostat?
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2ty
Replacing the existing thermostat with a digital programmable type is a common upgrade on Retro's, very simple since the wiring is already in place.  Doing the same for controlling the A/C is not so easy.  First, you must have an A/C unit that can be controlled with an external thermostat, ours are not, then wiring must be installed, not an easy task.
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TravelingJeff
Where does the AC unit draw power? Is it plugged in to a traditional outlet somewhere?
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TravelerGuy
Speaking for the 177SE, the A/C gets power directly from a 15 amp circuit breaker in the load center.  But to control the A/C remotely with a thermostat, the thermostat would have to be wired into the guts of the A/C, in series or parallel with the temperature knob on the A/C unit.  This would certainly void the warranty, and likely a standard theremostat would not be able to handle the load of that circuit.  If it were possible, the A/C would have to be switched on to one of 3 fan speed settings, and the compressor would come on and off according to the theremostat.

If you just want to kill power to the A/C, you'd need an electrician to properly wire a relay in series with the power to the unit, controlled by some low power R.F. remote control.
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