Video of Central Air Problem - Can you help?


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Old 07-21-11, 07:10 PM
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Video of Central Air Problem - Can you help?

Here is a link to a YouTube video I took of my central air exterior unit.

‪MVI 9083‬‏ - YouTube

The fan doesn't spin and this is what happens when I put the 'cutoff switch' back in place outdoors. The thermostat is calling for the airconditioner to turn on.

I am wondering if someone can help point me in the right direction. Here are some facts about my system:

Goodman: Model CKL30-10

GE Fan Motor: 5KCP29EC A033 S
1/6 HP RPM 1075

GE Capacitor: 97F9834
35uF 370 VAC
B9457-5300 / Green

Thanks in advance if you can tell me what I should do to troubleshoot!
 
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Old 07-21-11, 07:24 PM
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your capacitor is swelled............ replace it!!!!
 
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Thanks for the fast reply. So I can learn - did you say the capacitor is swelled by visual inspection or from the sound that it is making? Because I didn't see any physical bulging on the capacitor itself. Thanks again.
 
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visual, the top is all bulged out..............
 
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Ok. I was looking at the sides of the cylinder. I do see some bulging at the top - now that you've highlighted it. Thanks for the additional information.
 
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I purchased the replacement capacitor over lunchtime and swapped it out. As simple as hooking up the four connectors to the corresponding poles. The air conditioner appears to be working now. Hopefully this blown capacitor didn't cause any other parts any problems that will show up later. Thanks for the help hvactechfw!
 
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Exclamation Hey, same motor, but mine seized up!

I have an almost identical model of A/C unit. Same model & specs on the fan motor. It was making a chittering sound all day, sort of quieted down a bit to a grinding squeak, then: hummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. The fan blades won't even turn now, so it's definitely the motor.

Is replacing the motor something the consumer can do pretty simply? Or, since the part is probably expensive, should I just go with the extra cost of having an AC pro do it?
 
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Old 08-28-11, 09:17 AM
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If you are mechanically inclined enough to tackle this project then go for it. It will save you probably a few hundred dollars doing it yourself.
 
 

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