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Relay is stuck in on but fan and compressor does not start

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If relay is stuck pulled in it may not allow for reset or the relay may be no good. try pulling it out. listen for it to click if it does, put it back in after a few minutes,and see if unit will start,if not it needs to be replaced as it is bad, if it does not click the relay was not actually pulled in and you will need to explore why it wasnt

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