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Re: RUUD OUTSIDE UNIT
Condenser fan motors not working properly after sitting idle for several months is a very common failure. moisture collects and causes rust, bearing freeze and so on. Often simply using a tool of some kind to spin the blade slightly is enough to break the motor free and allow it to start, however, this seldom resolves the problem completely. The motor needs to be oiled and the capacitor checked and replaced if needed. In my opinion it is better to just replace the motor with a sealed outdoor rated motor with the appropriate rain guards rather than waste time on a questionable one Be sure to have the unit serviced every spring so your not caught of guard when all the techs are busy.I hope this helps GL!
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Some Ruuds have a red rubber cap reset button on the bottom of the unit or inside. Usually the fan quits and trips the switch. Or look at the metal run cap with 3 leads on it, if it looks bulged(concave on top) and not flat and sunk in, replace that and ur good to go. Let me know. Please pull the power disconnect if you attack the cap, and write down what leads come off which terminals. firstname.lastname@example.org
If it is a split unit this is a unit with a furnace and air handler inside with the condensing unit outside. If your inside fan is running ck your outside fan and seeif it is running. If it is it is probably the wires to the capacitor or the capacitor its self. Some capacitors have 3 wires this is a dual capacitor with a 5uf for the outside fan and a 35up for the compressor. on some there are two seperate capacitors one 5 one 35 uf. also it could be the wirng to the capacitor they will be melted and chared. all of this is located in the outside unit where the elect wires go into the unit you can removethe shell but first disconect the power there should be a disconnect switch near the unit. if not trip the breaker. be carefull with the elect.
first look for red button neer the copper line set if has one push it second inspect thermostat wires for weed eater damage check disconnect for fuses check breaker at main panel pull disconect and remove cover check stat wire connections look at the capacitor if swelled up on top bad if all look ok put disconect in using insulated object manually push in contactor if unit comes on check for 24 volt ac on yellow stat wire to common if none stat wire could be loose at indoor unit or stat bad hope this helps you
can you hear anything at all running in outside unit? ruud units have a hi pressure switch located between the 2 tubes going to inside of unit it normally has red button but sometimes the red overing over the button comes off so just look for a piece sticking out that you can push in.
If you do hear other things running in outside unit most lkely you will have a bad motor or motor capacitor. I would reccomend calling a service company unless you have the tools and meters to check this stuff out. If you do have the tools necessary message me back and I'll try to walk you thru troubleshooting. thanks Peyton
I have the same unit and was having the same problem. My brother works on A/C's and told me that the coils most likely needed cleaning from the inside out because when they are clogged with a lot of debris the system will overheat and cause that switch to trip and so far it has worked. What you need to do is turn the main breaker off to the outside unit first then take the four screws out of the top of the unit, use a flat head screwdriver and lift the fan it's self up out of the carefully taking caution of the wires going to the fan, then take the garden hose with a spray nozzle and wash the coils from the inside spraying through the coil to the outside and then wash the louvers off of all the debris and this should help.
This question is really to broad to answer. There are several things that could cause it to stop running. I think I would turn everything off, let it cool down for several hours and try it again. When you kick it back on, take note of what is running and what's not running. Inside fan, outside fan, compressor. If the outside unit will not run at all it could be as simple as a grasshopper caught in the contacts. If you hear the compressor running outside but no outside fan, The fan motor probably needs replaced. Please make sure that all power to the unit is TURNED OFF before removing cover plates on outside unit and before trying to remove insects from contact points. Check all wiring inside outside unit while it is open. Also check capacitors for swelling or leaking. If you don't know how to turn all the power off or open the outside unit, you need to call a professional AC technician. Hope this helps.