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Re: carrier central ac model 38EN036300
If you have an electronic thermostat, they can short out, leaving the compressor running. Also, the big relay that runs the compressor can get its contacts welded together. See if the contacts are stuck closed.
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My central AC unit decided to stop on the hottest day of the year. It would start and run normally for a few minutes and then the blower would shut off. After checking the breakers, thermostat and overflow shut off (did not have one) I saw something about a blower motor capacitor. This was easy to get to and replace and my last hope before waiting for someone to come fix it. The capacitor cost $4.04 with tax and had my AC working again. Needless to say I was beyond happy. I hope this can help others with a similar problem.
You will have to find the contactor which is located in the outside unit. And check the voltage at the contactor, 26 v as this is the thermostat calling for the compressor to come on. You can also push in the contactor and see if the fan and compressor start. There should be an outside fuse box close to your condensing unit. Good luck
DOES THE HOUSE FEEL DRIER IF IT IS 80 OUTSIDE WITH ALOT OF HUMIDITY THE UNIT WILL RUN FOR A LONG TIME TO REMOVE THE MOISTURE(HUMIDITY) OUT OF THE HOUSE BEFORE TEMP DROPS DRAMATICALLY IS THERE WATER COMING OUT OF THE DRAIN PIPE OUTSIDE
I am assuming that you are talking about a central ac unit. On a central air unit the outside fan must be running whenever the compressor is. If it's not the compressor will shut off from overheating withing minutes. First you need to shut off the unit for several hours and let it cool completely down. Then turn it on briefly to see if the compressor starts and see if the fan tries to start.( I am assuming the compressor starts and runs.) If the fan won't start try testing the capacitors. There are usually two one for the fan one for the compressor. Sometimes there will be one combo one. Mark the wires and remove the capacitor. Get it tested and if bad replace it. This will probably do the job. If not test for current at the fan motor. Also test to see if it turns freely. The motor may need to be replaced. This will run about $50. The capacitor should always be replaced when the motor is changed anyway.