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Fuses on AC unit keeps blowing need solution can't continue to b replacing fuses

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Are the fuses time delay if they are not then get them ..try cleaning the coil on the roof with a garden hose .if the coil is dirty the unit uses more amps to run causing fuses to blow /or you may need a new start capacitor for the compressor /fan its the round silver thing with wires connected to it .when you take it apart to clean ..good luck let me know../joe/

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There is a wire that has rubbed its coating off and is shorting out more then likely the wire is going to be close to the roof or another surface. Just a matter of locating the wire and taping it up. Hope this helps tim

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