I had my capacitor replaced a few months ago. I had emailed before about my
electricity usage going through the roof this summer - even though we have
had a cooler summer. Could the capacitor replacement be causing
Normally a capacitor fault prevents the unit from starting (or running). In
that case you just don't get any cooling.
Top four list (Letterman minus 6) -- things to check for high bills:
1. The filter in the interior blower has not been changed recently.
2. The heat exchanger in the exterior unit is clogged. Needs to be cleaned
with hand-pump (fairly low) pressure sprayer, cleaner, sit, then lots of
3. You had a hot summer.
4. Your electric rates jumped during the summer or during peak hours.
This is Turtle.
Hummmmmm , I can't see that being one of the causes , but maybe if the capasitor
was grossly under sized it might make a slight difference inbetween stop working
and still running. I don't see a big difference at all as more electricity being
When customer tell me this. the first thing comes to mine is to wash the
condenser coil out for this can run that bill to the moon if it is dirty. Wash
you condenser coil out with a water hose and turn off the 220 volt service to it
and after doing it then leave power off for 2 hours to let it dry. Then fire it
Did he ever have the duct work checked? This may not be a problem where the
ducts are metal and run in the walls but if they are "flex in the attic" they
DO blow open or succome to animal damage if you get critters in the attic.
This is Turtle.
Your fixing to complex him here. He wants a quick fix and does not have the time
for a real check over. When it goes down he will call a service company to come
get it running again. This is just a quick fix question.
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