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Tripping my breaker when the compressor tries to come on. The condensor fan has a really slow start and never reaches normal speed. Do you have a solution?

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Replace the compressor starting capacitor. This might be the problem. If not then the compressor need to be replaced.

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Could be a few things wrong here. If it only happens when the unit is starting up, I recommend getting what's called a "kick start" capacitor. You can buy them at most HVAC supply houses, and they're very easy to install (just turn off the power first, and if you're uncomfortable working on 240 Volts, please find someone who is experienced).

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