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A/c compressor comes for a second or two and then shuts off. What is causing this problem.

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Its hard to tell from a distance, but when a compressor is locked up, it will attempt to start about every 2 minutes. It will draw a lot of current for a few seconds then click off. If this is the problem it requires a compressor replacement. As a last resort you might try a "hard start kit" which is available at heating and air supply companies. You may have to get someone in the business get it for you, they don't usually sell to the public.

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