Sounds like it's time to ask your friends and neighbors who they trust, to
repair HVAC systems. It's one of the most expensive systems in your house.
Much can be wrong, that we can't diagnose over the computer. They repair
call may save you a lot of money in the long run.
Christopher A. Young
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Our A/C stopped working the other day, I think we have a deeper problem
with the control wiring or thermostat since I believe what caused this
is the unit was running around the clock whether the system was calling
for A/C or not, but now the damage may be done.
Now the fan works fine, the system comes on fine when we turned on, but
I don't believe the compressor is coming on or at least it's not working
properly. It does get hot (waiting for it to cool down right now to do
more troubleshooting). I opened up the area that contains the control
wiring and there is what appears to me to be a capacitor and it looks in
pretty rough shape. The casing has broken open a bit and is rusted badly.
Here is a picture:
I've done a little research and there are a multitude of things that can
cause a compressor to fail and pretty much the only thing I'm
comfortable fooling with by myself is swapping out this capacitor. So
the question is, even if the capacitor is bad, would it even help
replacing it? Why would the compressor get hot if the capacitor wasn't
helping it start in the first place? Also, is there anything else easy
I could check into?
The system is an old Westinghouse model, I've accepted that I'm probably
going to have it replaced but if I could get a couple of weeks out of it
now I could at least do this on my own terms and not buy something under
It's Sunday so i can't get a new capacitor today, so I thought I'd ease
my mind by asking some questions. Any help is appreciated, thanks in