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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.

Posted on May 05, 2010

Testimonial: "Thanks for the help and I will definitely look at getting a window unit. The furnace is in the basement and the duct work is all metal and mostly covered in insulation so I will double check for leaks at the inside unit."

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