Outside condenser: is it the fan or capacitor?


Old 06-25-19, 03:48 PM
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Outside condenser: is it the fan or capacitor?

Came home to 93 degree home. The fan outside was not running but if I “goosed” it it ran. All my friends told me it needed a new capacitor. I oiled the fan and now it switches on without my assisting it. Have I ruled out the capacitor? Can the start capacitor be an intermittent problem?
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Old 06-25-19, 04:05 PM
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It certainly sounds like a weak/defective capacitor.
Replacing it would be the least expensive next step to take.
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Often a bad capacitor will swell up, so if it's bad, and if you're lucky, you can open the inspection panel, take a peek, and see if there is a problem. If you can't see a problem, as PJ said, it's the least expensive next step, so I would go for it. Remember that capacitors store energy, so you'll want to discharge it before handling it. And the uF's are stackable, so if you can't find an exact replacement a universal one should work.
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