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I am working on my freeze machine and can't seem to find the source of my problems. The compressor draws high amps and kicks off 1-2 seconds after start up, blowing the main circuit breaker in the process. All wiring seems to be fine besides the transformer having a loose terminal. Could that be what's causing the unit to draw excessive current? The supply voltage also drops from 115V to 77.9V when I power it up. The is a apot visible on the circuit board, indicating that it may be overheating (flux possibly sweating???). I really am out of bright ideas so if anyone can help me I would deeply appreciate it. Thanks

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Could also be a bad start or run capacitor too. Check the capacitor to see if it is out of range or open.

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Your compressor motor needs to be replaced (replace the compressor)

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