Help with Rheem A/C

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Hello all, looking for some advice. I've got a Rheem compressor in my backyard, model # RAFD-042JBS. According to the label, manufactured in 1988. It failed to work today, the big fan comes on, but the compressor makes a grinding sound for a few seconds, stops, and repeats the grinding noise at about 2 minute intervals.
I lifted off the fan, and the compressor was very hot, however, no sign of any cooling taking place.
I'm trying to figure out, based on this this units age and symptoms, whether it can be reliably repaired, or perhaps a whole new unit is advisable.
Thanks, Dave
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Depending on how long your planning to stay there you have a couple of options. If you going to be in the home more than 5 years then look into an new unit. If not fix it.
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wrote:

I pulled out the dual capacitor and found evidence of overheating at the connector marked HERM (what ever that is) This is the part, according to the website it's approx $155.
http://www.expertappliance.com/rheem-dual-capacitor.gif
This is supposed to be the original equipment, however the one I have looks slightly different and it's made by JARD.
I could buy this, but how do I know this is the faulty part? Perhaps the compressor is bad.
Dave
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On Tue, 07 Sep 2004 22:15:58 GMT, davexnet02

That part might run you $50 on the very high side but not $155. Since you don't have the ability to test the cap or compressor it would probably be prudent to call out a HVAC guy and have it checked out.
Steve B.
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This is Turtle.
Dave , We as hvac service company replace these capasitors Total cost $100.00 to $150.00 and install it and warrant it for a year. I sell them at about $40.00 to $60.00 with my mark up in them. $155.00 for a JARD dual capasitor , awwwwww What did you say to that fellow to piss him off that bad to want $155.00 for it. Is he your ex brother in law of something.
OR Call Grainger or go to www.grainer.com and get you one.
If you can post the data or e-mail me the data off the side of the capasitor and i can see what you got and hook you up with one from the suppliers on the net to get you one.
Or Got to http://www.grainger.com/Grainger/searchresults.jsp?xi=xi
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wrote:

http://www.expertappliance.com/rheem-ac.html In the first box selected capacitor dual. And in the second, entered the model number, rafd-042jbs
The original part that came up was $155 - must admit, seemed a liitle steep to me too.

There is the sound of grinding for a few seconds, then it stops for a couple of minutes and then repeats, again for a few seconds. Isn't this the compressor trying to start, and then the safety systems cutting it out? Or could this capacitor still be to blame?

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This is Turtle
Nothing is for sure in this world, but the grinding is the compressor tring to start and being help started by the capasitor. Without the help of the capasitor it will not start. Now it can be a bad compressor too and a new capsitor will not help.
The compressor will act like starting a car on a weak battery when the capsitor is weak or bad. Like I said before it is Capsitor , Need a hard start Kit, or Bad Compressor.
Here is your proceedure :
1 Make sure pressure of system is balanced 2 Cool off compressor to ambiant temp. 3 Change capasitor out 4 Make sure you have good 220 volt service 5 if it had a hard start kit on it change it out 6 crank it up and if it humms and fail to crank --- change compressor or condenser unit out.
50% of the time it is the capsitor and 50% of the time it is the compressor. Your odds are 50/50 on it being the capasitor. How's your luck been running lately ?
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wrote:

I got it running again (for now) but admittedly, the unit is noisy, and I don't think it's particulary healthy over all.
I noticed that the purple wire at the capacitor HERM connection was discolored and showed signs of burning. I cut back the wire, bought a new spade connector from Radio Shack, slapped it on and I'm in business again. However, the compresor didn't start the first time, so your old car analogy is pretty good.
No hard start kit, nor any optional extra's that I can see, in particular the item that delays the restart for 5 minutes. If I have to get a new compressor eventually, I'll go for that one.
It's been really hot in Los Angeles last few days, so a bit of relief today at least.
Cheers, Dave
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This is Turtle
Dave go down to any Appliance Parts supply houses and get you a SPP-5 by Supco with just 2 wires on it and jump across the common to the herm terminal and stop all the failures to start with. Also it has the instruction on the package to do this. For $20.00 to $25.00 so you can stop all these failures and be done with it.
I can detail it out if you like for you.
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I'll look for it first, and if I can't find it I'll get it mail order. Cheers, Dave
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On Thu, 09 Sep 2004 22:57:26 GMT, davexnet02

minutes. Thanks Turtle.
Dave
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Hi davexnet02, hope you are having a nice day
On 08-Sep-04 At About 00:59:54, davexnet02 wrote to All Subject: Re: Help with Rheem A/C
d> wrote:
d> > get you one. But what if the part is OK and the compresor is d> stuck? There is the sound of grinding for a few seconds, then it d> stops for a couple of minutes and then repeats, again for a few d> seconds. Isn't this the compressor trying to start, and then the d> safety systems cutting it out? Or could this capacitor still be to d> blame?
There is no way to tell from a keyboard. the only way is to call a local company to check it for you.
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