Heatpump Capacitor Question

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Old 05-13-19, 06:19 AM
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Heatpump Capacitor Question

Replaced the capacitor on my 8 yr old heatpump (it was still working) as a preventative measure because it seems caps and contactors are common problems.
BUT, the new (no name brand) one I bought from a online supply house only lasted 1-1/2 yrs.
Should I just assume it was a poorly made item or look for something that made it fail in such a short time?
The original one was a GE.
When running its using 10.5 amps, about same as its always been.
 
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Old 05-13-19, 10:22 AM
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Contactors can be visually checked for wear and burned parts while caps are not so easy to check.
I don't usually recommend changing a cap as a matter of maintenance but I do recommend one kept on hand for a spare.

Many caps today come from off shore manufacturers and the quality can be poor.
 
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