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I think A/C Capacitor is bad but want to make sure


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#1 cmulder

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Posted 16 September 2014 - 02:42 PM

Okay a few years ago I had a bad capacitor on the A/C and replaced it had no problems since.  Today I noticed it warm in the house and the fan and condenser were not running.  Let it cool down--first thing I did was check the capacitor.  I put my Fluke 115 on micro farads (100 setting) and checked the Herm (condenser) and it read 50.5.  The capacitor is rated 55 - 5.  I checked the fan and it was zero.  The capacitor looks fine--last one the cap was blown up.  Not being 100% sure I wanted to check here before going an purchasing a new capacitor.   I switched the A/C back on after two hours and the condenser started but no fan running so I turned it off.  So it SEEMS it is the capacitor.  Is there any way to be sure?

I attached the photos showing the reading on the common to Herms and common to fan.  Tried is a number of times same readings.


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Edited by cmulder, 16 September 2014 - 02:41 PM.


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Posted 16 September 2014 - 02:46 PM

Oh--and the fan WILL RUN if I spin it!  So that to me is another clue of a bad capacitor.



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Posted 16 September 2014 - 02:50 PM

Oh--and the model is a Payne AA1CJ060-A A/C and a Rayton Capacitor Model No. 2MEA8A if it matters.


Edited by cmulder, 16 September 2014 - 02:50 PM.


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Posted 16 September 2014 - 04:41 PM

Bad cap if it read 0 on the fan. Replace and enjoy the cold air



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Posted 16 September 2014 - 05:59 PM

http://www.airstarso...Capacitors.aspx

Agreed on the run cap. This website I linked above is where I buy my capacitors. Made in USA, don't buy the Mexico or China cheapies. Amrads has the higher UL rating. Best price and free shipping.

Edited by BryanS, 16 September 2014 - 05:59 PM.


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Posted 16 September 2014 - 06:20 PM

cap is cheaper than motor. I would go with that first


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