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I have purchased a new start/run selenoid for my GE ref, but the capacitor on on backorder. How do I check the one I have in order to determine it is bad. I put an ohm meter to it and it show very high internal resistance, but is that the only way to test it?

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You usually don't need the new cap. The old one will work as long as it isn't shorted or have low resistance. It seems that the one you have is ok. Note that the cap is a run cap and is used to help the unit run a little more efficently. The unit will work fine with out it, but should be used. The resistance check is good way to check it, the other way to check it is with a capacitor checker.

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