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I've got a Goodwin clj24-1c model unit. Had a service guy come out and refill the freon last summer in october. Shortly after it went out and we havn't had the money to worry about it... and now its hot. I went out and checked it out and found a hard start capacitor shoved back into the unit where it wasnt orignally and the thing is fried. Would this stop my unit from blowing cold air?

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  • Revefr3 Mar 19, 2011

    Dear Scottness84,
    If you have the bill the last serviceman gave you, does it list that hardstart as part of what he did? Either way, the answer to your question is yes, it could cause your unit not to start. The first thint I would ask you to do is shut off the power to the outside unit. Set your thermostat to it's coldest point (just for now). Before you turn the breaker back on, remove the burned out hard start as it is not supposed to be needed. Turn the breaker on and listen. You should hear the fan start and see the blade turn up to speed. At the same time you should hear the compressor start. It will start out as a mechanical growl and then begin to quiet somewhat. If all you hear is a hum, then shut the breaker off as you either have a bad "Run Capacitor" or a locked up compressor. The "run capacitor is grey or silver in color and may appear swollen. Also, if you are able to get to it, make sure the wires are attached to all three terminals on the compressor itself. Many compressors have been condemned due to burned wires. I hope this helps.

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Dear Scottness84, If you have the bill the last serviceman gave you, does it list that hardstart as part of what he did? Either way, the answer to your question is yes, it could cause your unit not to start. The first thint I would ask you to do is shut off the power to the outside unit. Set your thermostat to it's coldest point (just for now). Before you turn the breaker back on, remove the burned out hard start as it is not supposed to be needed. Turn the breaker on and listen. You should hear the fan start and see the blade turn up to speed. At the same time you should hear the compressor start. It will start out as a mechanical growl and then begin to quiet somewhat. If all you hear is a hum, then shut the breaker off as you either have a bad "Run Capacitor" or a locked up compressor. The "run capacitor is grey or silver in color and may appear swollen. Also, if you are able to get to it, make sure the wires are attached to all three terminals on the compressor itself. Many compressors have been condemned due to burned wires. I hope this helps. Sorry I posted in the wrong place at first

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  • scottness84 Mar 20, 2011

    Ok I did as u said, turned off breaker, and turned it back on. Fan starts right up and i sounds like compressor is starting , then all i hear is fan.. and not blowing cold air. That mean i need to replace the hard start capacitor? It wasn't on the bill by the way, he just filled freon and gave my wife some line about how its old the bottom was rusting out and ruining the entire unit, and how he could put in a new unit for 3k dollars to save us from a blown up house. No offense to service techs but this sounds like the same **** i hear when my wife takes our cars to the shop.

  • Revefr3 Mar 21, 2011

    at this point, I have to suspect the "run capacitor" I mentioned before. I will either be grey plastic or metal. With the power off, try to locate the wires coming from the compressor itself. There will be a yellow or purple wire attached to one post on the run capacitor. If the capacitor has two sets of contacts, it is for the compressor alone. If there are three sets of contacts, then the capacitor is for both the fan and the compressor. It is not uncommon for one side to go bad and the other be ok. I agree, it sounds like the guy is just trying to get your money.


    If there is any oil on the outside of the capacitor, or if it is in any way swollen, those are the tell-tale signs of a bad capacitor.

    Please let me know how you make out. The fact that the compressor tries to start tells me that all is not lost.

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