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Motor capacitor seems to be burnt, motor does not run

170 K model, a black wire exits the motor runs through a capacitor I think, then back into motor/pump. The device says CBB20, 370 VAC, 50/60 Hz and Max Temp 90c. One end of the capacitor looks to be melted with gray colored bubbles. Why would this happen and do I just replace it with a new one?

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I would replace that and the high heat limit control, it deffinitly got to hot.

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