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The Manual Heat/AC controller

This unit replaces the original control "amplifier" to manage the heat and air conditioning. It makes the system manual in the sense that the automatic attempt to keep the cars interior at a set temperature no longer works. The driver sets the servo manually by moving the temperature control knob along the temperature scale.

This first video is of the latest version of the board. The circuit board is more compact and comes fitted in a small box. The current boxes are a bit longer than the one in the video, but still are quite small

This is an earlier video about the previous version of the control board. Electronically the board works the same way as the later version, but the board itself is somewhat larger.

This is the earliest video with information about the Delanaire system and how the board works.

What Is It?

Several years ago I discovered that the "amplifier" that this system uses has several issues. One, and perhaps the largest, is the fact that it was prone to failure and also quite expensive. Also occasionally there was a real wake-up. If you left the car sitting in the sun on a cold day, the dash cap and by extension the temperature sensor, would get quite warm, resulting in a blast of cold air straight in your face. This led me to discover that the system was based on a motor driven servo that could be controlled by a simple servo controller. A bit of trial and error later, this board was born. Originally using relays like the OE board, it worked great. Later I found the motor driver chip that it now uses and was able to simplify the design quite a bit.

Here are downloads of the wiring schematic and parts list. The other is a simple way to drive the servo using a DPDT momentaty switch. The switch will drive the servo from limit to limit and can be used permanently as an alternative to the electronic controller if so desired.


Wiring Schematic

Parts List

DPDT switch to control the servo

Older install Guide
Principles apply to all versions

Wiring connections