The other day my air conditioning system started blowing out hot air
and I really didn't want to call an HVAC company unless I absolutely
had to for obvious reasons ($$$$).
run capacitor for the fan and compressor being faulty. I took pictures
and wrote up a quick guide. I'm sure most of you could swap one of
these out with your eyes closed but hopefully someone will find it
Here's the link -
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
I couldn't help but noticed that you carefully *pryed* open the service
panel. I also couldn't help but noticed how you properly trimmed back all
those bushes to help the unit run cooler [perhaps the reason the run cap
failed?] But what do I know?
FYI - I just moved in to this place a few months ago. I think the A/C
unit is a 2001 model.
To ZYP - Yes, I did clean up the area around the outdoor a/c unit,
when I first moved in, because I knew that would help it run more
efficiently. That was months before the capacitor failed. It may have
been surrounded by dense vegetation for years. I wouldn't know, I
didn't live here yet.
Pried? I removed the screws on the top and sides of the unit and then
opened it up. Nothing was pried open. Perhaps the previous owner
caused whatever damage or markings you're referring to.
To Christopher - I tried to make it as clear as possible how someone
could determine if their run capacitor needed to be replaced or if
they have some other problem that required professional help. I think
the symptoms of a bad capacitor are fairly easy to observe. I had no
previous experience working on A/C units before this procedure and I
figured it out with some quick internet research.
My A/C unit has been running perfectly since I replaced that capacitor
and our power bill is as expected, so I don't see how anything else
could be wrong.
If the fan motor eventually fails or the contactor burns out, I'm
confident that I could also replace those myself. Anything beyond that
and I will call a professional to do the work.
Thanks for your comments everyone.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Glad to hear you had success. This is NOT however, what most of the
"Pros" on this news group wanted to hear. If they were professional
condom installers, they would contend that all others were unable to
perform their job.
I wonder how many folks will go out and replace the run cap, when something
else is the problem?
Paul, your system may have an assortment of other problems which a pro could
find and fix. Excess electric use, or inefficient condensor comes to mind.
Christopher A. Young
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