Burned wire on compressor???

Old 08-28-05, 05:58 PM
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Question Burned wire on compressor???

Had some trouble with my rudd gas pack cutting on and off back in early spring (cooling). The inside fan would run but the compressor would cut on and off every 5 minutes or so..Turns out that one of the big wires going to the compressor was barely hanging on..The heat and air guy said it had vibrated loose and causing the time delay to kick in each time it sparked a little and then would have to wait for the timer to kick it back on...Well he cut the slip on connector off and put another one on,hooked it back up and it worked fine...But today it has done the same thing..Started getting warm in the house air coming out but not cool..I went out turned the power off at the box,pulled the top to get to the compressor,took the cover off the little box on the side and there it was burned off again...Could this be caused by something else or is the connector just not heavy duty enough... Wire does not appear to be burned, just the connector on the end of the wire...Really appreciate any help with this from anyone...thanks...Oren
Old 08-28-05, 07:25 PM
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burnt connection

Sounds like a poor electrical connection causing heat. Be sure to use the correct terminal connector for the style of sta-kon post.
Old 08-28-05, 08:05 PM
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You have to use the right connector as suggested but you also could have an issue with the terminal being damaged.
When the connector burned it could have overheated the terminal.
When the connector was replace the terminal should have been carefully polished.
I say carefully because this terminal assembly is made up of metal probes passing through a glass, pressure resistant fitting.
Behind these terminals is over 100 psi of refrigerant pressure and oil.
There is a possibility that if the terminals are too far gone the compressor may need to be replaced.
Although a rare occurance, I have seen one blow out while the compressor was operating and you wouldn't want that to happen to yours.

I would suggest you call the repair person back.

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