Question about Heating & Cooling
The compressor start capacitor may be bad or the compressor it's self is bad and cannot get started...
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Posted on May 24, 2011
First look at the capacitor is it "puffed up" (kinda like a shook up soda can) on the top side where the wires connect? this area should be flat were the terminals come out. If so there was most likely a power surge. ie. electrical storm or a brown out.
pull off the wire connection cover on the compressor are the wires burnt or not connected? there are terminal repair kits that you can obtain from local ac supply houses like the ones mentioned later.
If not see if you can barrow a capacitor tester from some one. The other way would be if you can't barrow one is to just get another capacitor and replace it. Take a picture with your phone or camera before you pull the wires. Most of the condensing units use a split capacitor and are marked accordingly "fan" connects to the fan start wind "herm" connects to the compressor start wind and "c" or "com" which is the common connection that goes to the compressor run wind side of the contractor, red or yellow wires. See what the value of the capacitor is look for some thing like "35/5 uf 370volt" or "40/5 mfd 440v" if you have a 370 volt one you can use a 440 volt or a 370 volt but if you have a 440 volt don't put a 370 volt one on it. If you try this and it still won't start get one of these "supco spp6" hard start capacitor. there is a schematic on how to attach it to your system...(one wire on the "herm" terminal and the other wire on the "c" terminal other the capacitor) pretty straight forward just turn the power off first!!!
I've used two of these before to get a compressor started most of the time one will do. you can try to get one locally at a "Johnstone supply", CC Dickson, Baker dist or maybe Grainger.
well if that don't work for ya... new compressor time. good luck my friend.
Posted on May 25, 2011
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