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Compressor stops running and keeps cycling every few minutes. It buzzes as if the compressor is gone. the compressor is hot. If the thermostat is turned to off for 6 to 8 hours and then turned back on the compressor works fine with no buzzing noise for aprox two days and then it happens again. I thought maybe it was the relay on the compressor but it wasn't the problem. The compressor still froze after installing the new relay.

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You can replace the relay with a 3 in 1 made by supco. i generally just use a supco 0410.
www.supco.com

it is a start relay, overload, and start capacitor all in one. works great for residential systems.

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