The #1 Problem When The Air Conditioner Isn’t Cooling Your Home
When it’s sizzling outside and my air conditioner isn’t working, I’ll faint. haha!
This happened in my home. The AC sounded like it was working, but my house didn’t feel cool.
The #1 problem is a blown capacitor and it’s easy to replace. Capacitors work with three different motors: Compressor, blower motor, and the outside fan.
I know this because I’m a realtor and must go through 50 pages of home inspection reports for each client and learned a lot about the inner workings of a home.
First Things First. Don’t Get Electrocuted!
Before you service your HVAC, it imperative to shut it down in TWO locations because you DON’T want to get ELECTROCUTED!
Before servicing your HVAC unit, turn the power off to the HVAC unit at the main electrical box AND pull out the handle in the shutoff box, which is attached to the house and connected to the HVAC unit.
How To Replace HVAC Capacitor Tutorial
The video below is an excellent step-by-step tutorial on how to replace the capacitor on your HVAC.
Even though the power to the HVAC is off and the shutoff box is pulled out, the capacitor is still holding a charge. Place a screwdriver on top of both terminals on the capacitor to discharge it.
See how to discharge the capacitor in the how-to video and safely replace a capacitor from start to finish.
When the capacitor is blown, you’ll know by simple visual inspection. It needs to be replaced when it’s bulging at the top like a mushroom, as shown on the capacitor on the right.
What If The Capacitor Is Not the Problem?
Cleaning the evaporator coils may fix the problem. If your HVAC still isn’t working, then the problem is more technical and needs servicing from a HVAC technician.
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