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Power surge in the neighborhood, due to rain storm, caused the unit to not turn on compressor. Fan works but compressor will not turn on

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Can be failure of the starterr relay which is coupled with the compressor. remove and check, if bad replace. If power goes to click in the relay and the compressor does not work then it is the failure of the compressor.
Estimate the cost of overhauling to the cost of a new one. make sure that power is on to the compressor before it can be confirmed.
Also checck the resistance from the outside and if there is coil leaking or open. check the capacitor also which can be faulty and will not start the compressor.

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