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I have a goodman CKL36-IH. I was told the windings in the compresser are bad. Compresser runs but dosn't pump.Drawing a vacum,What goodman unit can I replace it with or can this be fixed?

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Did you see the guages connected to the system? If the compressor comes on and pumps the line down to a vacuum then the compressor is working. It sounds more like you have a restriction somewhere in the system. Most likely at the metering device or filter dryer. You can use an ohmeter to check the compressor windings yourself. The compressor only has 3 wires, Com(mon), Start, and Run. With the power off connect one meter lead to the Com leg. Next connect the other to the Run leg and read the meter. There should be some resistance there but not a lot. Next connect that meter lead to the Start leg and read the resistance. It should have more resistance than the Run leg but not be open. Next you can connect one lead to the Start and the other to the Run and you should get the sum of the Start and Run readings. Let me know what you get.

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