Compressor keeps trying to start for 5 secs then shuts off
My condenser fan is running, but the compressor keeps trying to start for about 5 secs. and then cuts off. I looked at the name plate on the condenser and it says: Snyder General, Model AE024GA, Serial H901813273. Can you tell me what this sounds like and do you know where I can get/see a wiring diagram and/or manual? I don't see that name anywhere on the web except to refer to furnaces. Also, can you tell from the model or serial what size btu's it is? I have an old 1100 sq ft ranch with same size basement and it does not keep the house cool hardly at all. Thanks in advance.
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This sounds like the unit is low on freon. From the model plate you have a 24,000 btu unit. This is the minimum needed for 1100 sq ft not accounting for windows and doors. Other factors have to be looked at for a good cooling AC, where is the unit located? In the basement is good. in the attic is bad. look at all the duct work is it all metal and insulated (good) is it plastic tubing (bad). The more insulation on the duct and the better it is sealed the better. You could use more btu's but you would have to replaced the whole system inside and out. You might look for a good 12,000 btu window unit or 2 - 3 8000 btus in different rooms. Now back to the problem I think you unit is low on freon. Should be using R22, unless you have a brother-in-law in the HVAC business you will have to call a local AC company to check out and add freon. Repost if you find other problems.
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Jason, MOST refrigerators get there cold from the freezer side and circulate it via a fan that's also normally inside the freezer. There are three motors normally in a refrigeration system. The inside Evaporator fan motor that circulates air across the evaporator coil inside the box, the Condenser fan motor near the compressor that cools the freon after compression, and the compressor itself. If you open the doors (and sometimes you may have to hold in the door switches) do you hear a fan running? If not you could have a couple things going on: 1. The fan(s) has failed. 2. The freezer Evap coil may of iced over and the fan too is frozen stopped. 3. Your condensing unit:(compressor, condenser fan, condenser coils) has a problem. It is important to know if the compressor itself is running. If there is a loose connection to the compressor via the start/over load relay (normally attaches directly onto the compressor), or if the start/over load otself is bad the compressor will not run. Best way to tell is via gauges but I doubt your frig has ports. Check to see if your compressor is really hot. Could be bad start/over load relay or bad compressor. Try unplugging your frig for say 30 min then, with your hand on top of a cool compressor, plug the frig back in and see if compressor smoothly vibrates for at least 5 min without becoming very hot or shutting off even though fan continues to run. The fact your fan is running TYPICALLY means the thermostat is calling for lower temps and the fan/compressor kick in together.
If you hear a clicking noise coming from the compressor there is about a 80% chance that the compressor is dead. But you'll have to call someone out to be sure. If the fan motor behind the grill is running (condenser fan) then the compressor should be running and vice versa. If the compressor is hot as a pistol and clicking and the fan motor is not working then it may cool down if you shut it off and you might just have a bad fan motor. With power turned off the condenser fan motor should freely spin. Compressor have a 5 year warranty from the manufacture not including labor and additional materials. Hope this helps.
Hello, That condenser fan motor needs to be replaced. You and doing the right thing as far as using a seperate fan to keep compressor cool,buy replacing the fan the compressor will run cooler and click off by being too hot as you have heard/seen.
Find your model number and call your local appliance parts store and see if they have a CONDERSER FAN MOTOR in stock
Problem #1:Outdoor condensing fan motor has stopped running. This problem
could be caused by a bad motor run capacitor.
your motor capacitor is not the problem, then more than likely you need a new
motor. Is the fan blade tight, stiff or hard to turn? If the fan blade is hard
to turn then you probably need a new motor.
Problem #2: Air conditioner compressor will not start. When power is applied
to the air conditioning outdoor unit the fan starts, but you hear a sound like
the compressor is trying to start, "UGGG"..., for about 5 to 10 seconds and then
all you hear is the outdoor condenser fan run. The compressor is locked and will
not start. What is happening is the compressor is trying to start, but because
the compressor motor is locked it tries to start for a few seconds and then
because of the high amperage being drawn goes off on internal overload. The
internal overload protects the compressor windings from overheating and burning
up. I see this many times during the start of the air conditioning season. Some
compressors just have a hard time starting after sitting all winter long. Some
compressors are locked up so bad that I can not start them and must tell my
customer that they need a new compressor . Many
times I can get the compressor started again without having to buy a new
compressor or new air conditioning system by using the device known as a "Super-Boost." I keep two or three of these on the truck. They
have saved many of my customers from having to buy new air conditioning compressor. Another good device is called a "5-2-1" kit.
Hi, freezer and/or refrigerator do not work right because of a dirty condenser coil...there are also many other things that can go wrong. If you are hearing a clicking or buzzing then check out the last two tips. If your refrigerator is running but warm, then… Check out this tip that I wrote about that... it is a great place to start trouble shooting your unit...and something that you can do rather then calling a repair person to do a simple thing for you...
MY HAVE A LOOSE SPADE CONNECTION AT MAIN THERMOSTAT RELAY. MOST OF THESE UNITS DONT HAVE HIGH OR LOW FREON PRESURE SWITCHES BUT YOU NEVER KNOW ON NEW UNITS CARRIER MAY HAVE THEM WHICH MY MEAN LOW FREON OR CLOGGED CONDENSER COIL THE OUTSIDE COIL LAYERS IN DIRT,BUT THATS NOT A QUICK ON OFF .BURNT WIRES ON COMPRESSOR OR BLOWN RUN CAPACAROR CAN CAUSE QUICK ON OFF. WE HAVE INSTALLED A START CAPACATOR WHEN COMPRESSOR DOES NOT START AT ALL. CHECK FOR LOOSE WIRES ON TERMINALS THEY MUST BE PULLED TO CHECK THEM,THEY CAN SEEM CONNECTED BUT THEY ARE LOOSE. OTHER CAUSES MAY BE THE PROBE IN FRONT OF EVAP COIL WHICH IS TSTAT BULB. STICK IT IN HOT WATER AND IT SHOULD KEEP STAT CALLING FOR COOL.