Where to buy capacitor local?

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Old 08-05-06, 05:49 AM
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Where to buy capacitor local?

I am new to these forums but I have been "lurking" and reading all of the information here, so I'm hoping someone can help me. Our central a/c unit at home has stopped working. It is about 13 years old. From reading posts here, we believe it is the capacitor that needs replacing - at least for a start. The unit would run, then trip. We'd restart it and it would either hum and the fan wouldn't start, or it would start but the fan would slow down and it would stop and hum again. My husband removed the blower and oiled the motor, but same thing - humming and no starting.

My question is - is there any type of local source for buying a capacitor? We checked Lowe's and Home Depot with no luck. We can probably order one, but it is going to be 102 today and probably around 103 tomorrow, and we have no way to cool our home, and we have indoor pets. Anyone have any store suggestions on a Saturday?
 
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Old 08-05-06, 07:09 AM
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Just about any electric shop or hvac shop would have them. Take it with you so you get the right one.
The unit would run, then trip.
Sounds more like the fan motor here .Is that what hummsor the compressor?

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Old 08-05-06, 07:36 AM
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a few places to get a cap. Some are wholesale only and may not be available to a non-business purchase.

Grainger
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MSC Supply
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Johnstone Supply
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just about any motor repair shop
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if they will sell one to you, many ac repair shops
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" ", many well pump suppliers and/or repair shops
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there might be some very well stocked (old fashioned type) hardware stores that MAY carry some
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As ed posted, be sure to get one that matches the one you have.


It's going to be tough on a weekend
 
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Thanks. My husband purchases through Grainger for his job, and there is a Grainger office close to his. He matched the capacitor and is bringing it home now. Will let you know if it fixes things (hopefully!)
 
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Hot dang!!

or would "cooool" be a better term.

Hope it takes care of the situation. If not, we'll try to help.
 
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Old 08-05-06, 05:46 PM
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Thanks, guys!

The capacitor he replaced did the trick - the unit runs like new, and our house is cool once again.

Thanks again for the help!
 
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