Question about Air Conditioners
I turn on the Central A/C unit with the thermostat. The attic fan unit goes on and the system cools the house. When the system shuts down the fan unit shuts off but the outside compressor keeps running. The only way the outside compressor goes now off is when I flip the 240 switch on the main box. This just started. Is it a thermostat problem? Thanks.
SOURCE: I turn on the Central
could be a thermostat problem but even more likely the contactor on the unit outside is stuck. In order to change this part you will have to get in to the outdoor unit. The contactor is the automatic switch that the thermostat energizes when the thermostat calls for aircond. The location of the contactor is in the outdoor unit (electrical section) and where the power will tie in to the unit. It is a little box looking part with terminals where most of the wiring connects. If the contacts are welded together the outside unit will not shut off. If you tempt to replace this part, make a diagram of all the wires connected to it before you take any of them off. Turn off all power to the outdoor unit before inspecting.
Posted on Apr 13, 2011
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