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I had an Air Con unit installed in the Living Room and another in a bedroom adjacent to the Living Room, both from the same brand. The Air Con units are actually next to each other, and only separated by a wall that has a doorway just 3 feet from the Air Cons.

Most of the time, when I am on the couch and turn on the Air Con in the Living Room using the Remote Control, it also turns on the Air Con in the bedroom, which is a waste of energy. Likewise, when I am in the bedroom and turn on the Air Con in the bedroom with its Remote Control, most of the time it also turns on the Air Con in the Living Room, which is also a waste of energy.

How can I fix this very frustrating problem without moving the units and without having to keep the door always closed between the bedroom and the Living Room?

EDIT: As requested, the 2 indoor units that are interfering are the Daikin FTXS20K and the Daikin FTXS35K: http://www.daikin.co.uk/products/index.jsp?singleprv=FTXS-K

  • Including the make and model of the units will help folks provide the most accurate information possible. It's likely that there's a way to adjust the remote/receivers to eliminate interference, but it's impossible to provide the exact procedure without knowing more about the device. – Tester101 Jan 10 '14 at 12:49
  • @Tester101: Thanks for your advice. The 2 indoor units that are interfering are the Daikin FTXS20K and the Daikin FTXS35K: daikin.co.uk/products/index.jsp?singleprv=FTXS-K – ProgrammerGirl Jan 10 '14 at 13:57
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I have 3 units air con of same brand in my office room. So all 3 units will turn on/off at the same time, by single one remote control. So I used a brown tape to cover the signal emitter to weaken the signal strength, and it works. But i have to place the remote control very near to the relatively air con, and i can control each air con individually.

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The remotes use infrared light to control the AC units. Because the AC units are both in the same general direction from the remote, the wide angle beam from the remote is controlling both units. I see two solutions:

  • Move one or both AC units. I'm guessing it's not practical, or you wouldn't be asking for advice.
  • Keep the bedroom door closed so light from the living room remote can't control the bedroom AC unit. It may not be the best solution, but it would work.
  • Find a way to use the remotes without pointing them at the AC units. You could use strategically placed mirrors or IR remote extenders to redirect or retransmit the signals to the correct unit.
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As already noted, the remotes use infrared light. The problem is that they all use the same codes. This is, in fact, why there are "universal remotes" for TVs - each manufacturer picks a set of codes and uses it for many different models of equipment, and for replacement of a lost or broken remote all you need is a remote that uses the same codes. With TVs this is usually not an issue as most people only have one per room.

The solution is to limit the range of the beam. First figure out where the signal is coming from. Typically this is on the end, but it may not be obvious. You can figure it out by selectively blocking sections of the remote until you find out which section prevents the remote from functioning.

Then make a cone or tube out of some material that blocks the remote and tape it around the signal emitter so that the signal will only be "visible" in a narrow area. You may need to experiment a bit to find an effective material. A solid opaque plastic should work (one site I found indicates that typical black plastic trash bag will transmit infrared) or cardboard (white paper will decrease infrared signals some but probably not enough).

Once this is done, you will need to aim the remote at one A/C unit and it should not activate the other unit.

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Change the address on one of the units.

This manual (page 5) is for the L series units, but by memory the remotes and controls are the same/very similar.

Page 5 of daikin manual

Cut the jumper J4 in the battery compartment of the remote, and jumper JA in the electrical compartment of the indoor unit.

Be aware that the electrical compartment has live wires inside. Cut power to the unit before opening it.

Only do this on one unit, or you'll have the same issue again.

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