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Old 11-25-2012, 04:59 PM   #1
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My outside condenser fan (heat pump) is not working, but it does spin when I turn it by hand. I suspect the capacitor is bad (it is a dual capacitor). If I attempt to replace the capacitor, do I need to take any electrical precautions, except for turning off the breaker? Will the capacitor discharge when I handle it?

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Old 11-25-2012, 06:26 PM   #2
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it might.... wear gloves...or discharge it with a screw driver......

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So, you're saying I should short the terminals with a screwdriver? or ground the terminals to the can with a screwdriver?
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any insulated tool will work, wear safety glasses.
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Obviously, shut off power to the unit before you do so!
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Thanks for all the help with my capacitor.
Ordered a replacement capacitor, online, for my Trane Heat Pump.
installed it in 10 minutes;

works like a champ!

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