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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: Won't heat or cool
as a general rule you sound like you have a compressor that is mechnically locked up. in other words it can't free itself from a stationary position and begin pumping and moving the piston. this is caused by one of several things. first kill power ,and carefully, and methodically examine all wires and terminal connections. be sure all are clean , snug and not burnt off etc. even the ones attached to the compressor itself. the compressor wire cover comes gently off and is usually held in place by a spring clamp be sure to replace when your done checking. if all wires check good then go to step two. that is a check of the capacitors. the silver metal large capacitor is the run capacitor. it keeps the compressor power in the windings out of phase so it runs same way everytime. it has a rated value stamped on its side. it should check with a volt meter that checks capacitors at not less than 90 percent of its rating . a 60 needs to check no less than 54 microfareds. etc. some capacitors have a common input side and a dual output side. they are labeled on top where the wires connect.one goes to the condensor fan and the other goes to the compressor. the larger circuit ,common in, to herm out is for the compressor. if in doubt label all wires , make a diagram and remove it and take to an electric motor shop and let them test it. in addition to the run capacitor that keeps the compressor going, you may also have a start cap that is usually black plastic. they have a" Yes by gosh you will" start function and store up voltage and deliver a powerful boost on start up to make the compressor get going. it can be tested the same way. be sure to ground the capacitors before testing after power is turned off by shorting across the terminals to bleed off any stored voltage. , with a screwdriver blade. by the way if you look at the silver run capacitor and its swollen up or bloated looking then its bad. you'll know what i mean if you ever see one. looks like it has the mumps. they really puff up. top and bottom should be normally close to flat. if all that checks good then you must apply and amp probe to the black wire going to the compressor. when it tries to start observe the amp draw. if it is like 48 to 65 amps then the compressor is mechically locked up and probably needs replacing. if you don't have a plastic hard start capacitor and relay you can add one and it can many times break the compressor loose and you can get a few more years out of a compressor thats getting weak. try a T05 hard start kit or a KS1 hard start kit. to5 for up to three ton and a ks1 for 4 and 5 ton. simple to install .be sure the start relay is positoned correctly, instructions are on the package. good luck let me know outcome.
Posted on Nov 04, 2008
You may want to check that the pressure switch is not functioning? Secondly there is also a thermo sensor on the condenser coil which could be faulty.
Posted on Mar 04, 2009
SOURCE: heat pump not running
check your house circuit breakers first that should be labeled heatpump or outdoor unit
make sure it is on and or not tripped
then if you have a box outside near the outdoor unit open it up and see if there is a breaker or maybe fuses that could be blown
Posted on May 26, 2009
Sounds like reversing valve is stuck or metering device or check valve is stuck open. If it is a scroll compressor on 3 phase you may need to reverse 2 motor leads. try tapping reversing valve with rubber mallet when running. This may have done in last compressor by sending discharge gas to suction side.
Posted on Jun 28, 2009
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