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Gold Star GWHD5000 capacitors.

Hello, I need assistance in discharging the capacitors on my GWHD room air conditioner. I need to clean the coils and fix a few bent fins on the condensor before summer starts, but I was told I need to discharge the capacitors before preforming any work on the unit. How do you discharge a capacitor? What does it require. Some help would be greatly appreciated!

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  • jdlowery Feb 09, 2008

    Great, but where are the insulated handles that I should hold on to. Alos, please tell me where I can locate the capacitors. Thanks

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If all your doing is washing it out and fixing bent fins it's not necessary to discharge the capacitors. I would only discharge them if I was disassembling it to the point that the capacitors were out in the open or there was a change I could touch the wires on them. To discharge any capacitor is pretty simple really, first make sure the airconditioner is UNPLUGGED , then using two screwdrivers, make sure that you are holding onto the INSULATED HANDLES ONLY, put the tips of the screwdrivers on the terminal connectors on the capacitor and cross the screwdrivers. Sometimes, depending on the capacitor, it is possible to do this with only one screwdriver by shorting across the terminals with the shank of the screwdriver. Just make sure the A/C is UNPLUGGED and you are holding onto the handle ONLY.

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  • kd3ke Feb 10, 2008

    Sorry, did not mean this to be confusing, but the insulated part of a screwdriver is the handle (as long as its not metal) . As to the location of the capacitor(s) , it/they will be either in the control panel area or accessible by taking the outer shell off the A/C.
    Just short across all the terminals to discharge.

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You need only a screwdriver short it across the terminals to discharge them

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    Gary Davd Feb 11, 2008

    Silver can ones

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