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The outside unit is no0t able to start the fan spinning on its own. I have been able to manually engage the outside fan by turning the unit off, turning it on, and then manually spinning the fan when it starts up. The unit will then engage the fan and runs fine until the next cycle when it cannot start the fan on its own again. Can you tell me what part needs to be replaced and about how much it will cost?

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Hi!!
The part you need is called STARTING CAPACITOR and it is located in the same compartment where the electrical connectors are in the outside unit. MAKE SURE THE POWER BREAKER IS OFF before opening the compartment. and before working with the capacitor, touch both terminals with a screw driver to short them out and discharge the capacitor. Don't worry this is just a preventive measure and no sparks are going to be coming out of it. Once the capacitor is discharged, take a picture of the wiring and label them before disconnecting the wires. Remove capacitor and take to an appliance parts store to get a new one.
HERE IS A PIC. OF HOW A CAPACITOR LOOKS LIKE

The outside unit is no0t able to start the fan - 1kbron_14.jpg

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Posted on Nov 12, 2010

  • Mister2You Nov 12, 2010

    Thanks kbron...can I get to the capacitor from the inside of the rv, or will I have to do this work from the roof on the outside? Also, where can I find an outside COVER for my Elect-a-Heat Mach EL? Mine broke and blew off coming across Southern California.
    Thanks again. john at mrmsje@yahoo.com

  • Rene J Solis Nov 12, 2010

    Hi!!



    Absolutely, turn OFF the breaker, remove the air return grill and filter and you should be able to see it, if not it is behind the panel where the electrical connectors are. While you are there, wiggle all the wires, and pass the screwdriver thru all connections terminals to make sure they are tight, on RV's, with the vibration they then to break away from the terminals. Here is a site where you can find the cover for your Elect-a-Heat Mach EL http://rvcomfort.com/rvp/ . Check the Technical Info section, there is a lot of good info there for RV owners.



    Good Luck!!

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