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Old June 22nd, 2006, 11:48 PM
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Default AC Magnet - explain this one.

I was reading where a family brought a magnet to attach to the air conditioning (or something to do with the AC). What is this about?
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I believe this is a siuation regarding a balcony cabin, in which the a/c will not run i\f the balcony door is open. Putting a magnet on the sensor makes the a/c think that the door is closed. :-)
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So who out there has used a magnet to fool the AC system while the balcony door is open? Did it work? Did the room stay cool?

We are going on a Carnival Conquest cruise next week, so it will be hot!!!
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There is a reason why the AC cuts off. Why would you want to waste energy and screw up the cooling system to keep the door open at night?
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Thanks for the input daddy....

Now is there anybody else out there that has used this technique?
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Old June 25th, 2006, 08:46 PM
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Yeah - the people in the balcony cabin next to me did the trick with the magnet.....and it did affect MY air conditioning as it did not work as well....gee wonder why? If you want the balcony door open, great, but please don't trick the a/c with the magnet. It does affect the a/c in the cabins around you.
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Not that I don't believe you, but how did you know their magnet trick affected your room? Did you run a comprehensive test by asking them to try it "with" and then "without" the magnet in conjunction with their door being opened and then closed?

If we forget (for just a second) the waste of energy angle, surely the ship is equiped to handle an AC unit running all the time without affecting others; that is, unless your test results proved differently.

I've got an idea....my family will be in the adjoining rooms, so I'm going to do the magnet thing, then see if I get yelled at by my mother-n-law, and then I'll report back to you....
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This could explain why some people in up going overboard?
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I know the magnet trick worked because the room stewards and I investigated and asked my neighbors (on 3 of my cruises with different cruise lines.) When they didn't have the magnet tricking the a/c, my cabin was just fine. When they did, the temp and humidity in my cabin jumped quite a bit. So, it is just common courtesy! If you want to feel the ocean breeze and hear the ocean, fine. Just don't trick the a/c to work when it shouldn't or you will affect those around you. Suffer the humidity and warmth if you want to hear and feel the sea. Don't penalize me because I don't. Period. I paid my fare just as you did.
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Good job on the research. I knew you had it in you. You've answered my initial question.

Now it's time to go buy my magnets....
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It worked!!

I placed the magnets in the proper location on the door of the balcony, and the AC kept working. It was great!!

Now here is the really cool part, I had family in the the adjoining rooms and the two rooms directly across the hall. Throughout the cruise we made random checks to see if their rooms were affected by my magnets. They weren't!! In fact they were very comfortable the whole week.

I also asked the attendant if he cared and he said the individual systems were so big it wouldn't be an issue.
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OK, what kind of magnets and where do you put them?
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I stayed in a balcony suite last week. personally it's so humid that I preferred the door closed cause it got the room to humid. Sitting on the balcony without the ac blowing on you is not uncomfortable. I can't believe people need to waste their energy doing this and I had read about this before I left and thought about it on the cruise. My guess if you bring it you'll forget to or not need to use this but to each his own.
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