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Old 03-19-2011, 01:46 PM   #1
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Air Conditioner Woes

We had our furnace/air conditioner installed brand new in 2004 with it being maintained every year.

This year, the air conditioner is having a problem that I noticed when I first tried starting the unit.

The compressor seems to not engage. I've taken a video that will demonstrate what is going on.

Listen for the sounds at 8 seconds, 27 seconds and 53 seconds. Is this something serious, or something that I could fix? We're trying to be smart about this.

Unit RUUD Acheiver Model UAKA-024JAZ


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Old 03-19-2011, 01:51 PM   #2
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It is something SERIOUS. your compressor is not running and having a very hard time trying to start and is cutting out on it's internal overload. STOP using it that way or the compressor may burn out. May need a new dual capacitor and it also sounds like there may be damage inside it. I would get it checked by a Pro as the freon level needs checking when he gets it running. Also the outdoor coil needs cleaning and indoor coil needs checking etc.


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Old 03-19-2011, 01:58 PM   #3
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We haven't ran it. We turned it off right when it happened, It ran for no longer than 5 minutes. I will check the capacitor to see if thats the fix. The freon levels were recharged last year.
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