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Condenser is buzzing so there is power, but the

Ruud condenser is buzzing, so there is power, but the fan won't kick on

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  • clbranco Jun 27, 2009

    thank you rockitman187. it turned out the circuit was a tripped, prob. from the lightning storm last nite. all is well now. thanks for having me check the power



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The buzzing sound is from the contactor and only means you have low voltage at the unit,Check and make sure you have 240 volts at the unit and post back.

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