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Starting capacitor failed. Replaced it and found new capacitor getting very hot. Does anybody know if this is a capacitor start or permanent split cap electric motor? No easy way to open the motor case to see if there is a centrifugal starting switch that has failed shorted. If this is the case, might be easier to try adapting a refrigerator starting relay... What are your thoughts?

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Hi, more than likely a psc motor on a `small pressure washer.
The usual problems with the capacitors failing is down to a poor power supply, wether it be using a long extension lead of too small a size, or the power supply itself.
check voltage to machine while using it, a voltage drop will cause characteristics of motor to change, phase angles etc..
A refrigerator starting relay would not have the required amperage ratings for a pressure washer..
hope this helps , andy

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    Bob Oppenheimer Oct 17, 2013

    Yes, it did fail on a long extension cord. Yours is the second vote I've gotten for a PSC (Permanent Split Capacitor) motor. ie no starting switch. Furthermore, found that there is a big difference in capacitor types. PSC motors use a RUN capacitor which has a plastic dielectric. Motors with a starting switch (if employing a capacitir) use a STARTING Cap. This one is an electrolytic type and will overheat when used in a PSC application.

  • the start capacitor will also be a lower voltage rating and intermittent duty rating as it just gives the motor a 'push' to get it going, then drops out of circuit..

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