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Ac unit barely runs

Lightning damaged my receptacle,i replaced it and now the unit barely runs.any suggestions?

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Re: ac unit barely runs

Hi, Sounds like the lightning got your unit too. You could run an extension cord from another plug temporarily just to make sure the plug isn't the problem but I think its time for another unit. Good luck. May want to contact you home owners ins company if there are more appliances blown. kstfas

Posted on Aug 28, 2007

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