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Problem with capacitor of air conditioner?

The compressor of my air conditioner (Samsung AW24F1MBC 24000 btu/h) is trying to kick on but it can't start. I suspect of the capacitor but it have not specification (erased?).
I need this specification or a detailed circuit diagram.

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    Claudio Bustos Jan 10, 2008

    Hi again, i downloaded the parts list of this model and similars and found the magic number: 45mF. It's working fine.



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The ratings of the capacitor should be on the capacitor itself in mfu sounds to me like the compressor stuck and cycling on overload is the capacitor distorted or swollen

Posted on Dec 29, 2007


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