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Old 09-14-2011, 07:13 PM   #31
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OKey dokey, water did it. It is cooling again. This is now the third time this has happened. So far we have cleaned the coil, charged the system and put a 5 2 1 hard start kit on it. What else should we do?

You cleaned the outside condensing coil?

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Old 09-14-2011, 07:40 PM   #32
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So now we know that your comrpessor is getting too hot which means the refrigerant levels need to be checked and the condenser coil needs to positively be cleaned. That and the evaporator.

I'm not suggesting that the windings aren't weak and the compressor is not on it's last legs as that very well could be the case (although the thermal overload switch is there to protect the compressor) but these are the reasons compressors go out; lack of air flow (restriction/dirt) through the inside (evaporator) and outside (condenser) coils and or refrigerant problems which stem from lack of air flow or leaks.

I'd sure like to know the pressures on that thing once it's running for about twenty minutes. I don't take it you have a set of refrigerant gauges, do you?

My uncle has gauges and he is in San Antionio. So I just left for 30 mins and came home, compressor and fan outside was COMPLETELY OFF, air handler in the house was stilling blowing. I dont know what to do now.

Both the indoor coil and outside coil have been cleaned throughly, within the last month. Inside coil was very very dirty.

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Old 09-14-2011, 07:42 PM   #33
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Have you check the contactor?
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Have you check the contactor?

How do I check that?
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Leave it off. You're going to burn up the compressor unless you get the thing diagnosed and fixed. Back on page 1 I gave a list of things that make a compressor overheat. Get any of them checked yet?
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My uncle has gauges and he is in San Antionio. So I just left for 30 mins and came home, compressor outside was COMPLETELY OFF, air handler in the house was stilling blowing. I dont know what to do now.

run some water over the compressor again until it comes back on and then rinse the condenser from top to bottom on all sides and once finished do it again and again and then again. use some pressure on the water, like your thumb over the end of the hose type pressure, to remove any possible dirt from the coil (you're not rinsing the outter casing, you're trying to get the inside so spray in between the panel holes/slits from top to bottom), all while the system is running. water absorbs/removes heat better than air so while the system is running you're helping the hot vapor in the condensing coil condense into a liquid as it dissipates the heat it extracted from your living space inside. again, if your CONDENSER coil is dirty then it can't let that heat go and it's adding to the heat from the compressor simply running.

continue to run water over the condenser coils and see if after your home reaches desired set point and the system cycles completely off, both inside and outside, if it comes back on.

without gauges we can't tell exactly what is causing the compressor to overheat. if a condenser coil is dirty than the head or high pressure will be abnormally high not too mention once again it will overheat.
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Have you check the contactor?

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run some water over the compressor again until it comes back on and then rinse the condenser from top to bottom on all sides and once finished do it again and again and then again. use some pressure on the water, like your thumb over the end of the hose type pressure, to remove any possible dirt from the coil (you're not rinsing the outter casing, you're trying to get the inside so spray in between the panel holes/slits from top to bottom), all while the system is running. water absorbs/removes heat better than air so while the system is running you're helping the hot vapor in the condensing coil condense into a liquid as it dissipates the heat it extracted from your living space inside. again, if your CONDENSER coil is dirty then it can't let that heat go and it's adding to the heat from the compressor simply running.

continue to run water over the condenser coils and see if after your home reaches desired set point and the system cycles completely off, both inside and outside, if it comes back on.

without gauges we can't tell exactly what is causing the compressor to overheat. if a condenser coil is dirty than the head or high pressure will be abnormally high not too mention once again it will overheat.
You should not spray it down with the unit running this would cause you to push anything that is in the fins of the coil to be compacted even more into the coil. The proper way to do this is to remove the top of the unit with the power OFF! And then spray the coil from the inside out. Some hardware stores also carry mild coil cleaner that will aide you in the process of cleaning the coil. After the coil is clean, if need be you can run water through it from the outside, in. The thing to remember is that during normal operation the cond. fan motor pulls air through the outside of the coil and exhausts the air out the top so by this process everything is getting stuck and pulled into the coil from the outside in. You want to spray from the inside out as to not compact the debris further into the coil.
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You should not spray it down with the unit running this would cause you to push anything that is in the fins of the coil to be compacted even more into the coil. The proper way to do this is to remove the top of the unit with the power OFF! And then spray the coil from the inside out. Some hardware stores also carry mild coil cleaner that will aide you in the process of cleaning the coil. After the coil is clean, if need be you can run water through it from the outside, in. The thing to remember is that during normal operation the cond. fan motor pulls air through the outside of the coil and exhausts the air out the top so by this process everything is getting stuck and pulled into the coil from the outside in. You want to spray from the inside out as to not compact the debris further into the coil.

on a true condenser coil cleaning this would be true but the suction pressure of that fan is not stronger than basic thumb pressure from a water hose and it will work, especially on grass and even loose dirt. Besides, this is just for a diganosis but even when the system is running it easily works. I've done it hundreds of times and I'll do it thousands more.

have you not seen the pictures of my cleanings? You're talking to the number one condenser coil cleaning expert in all of Texas.

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How do I check that?

you can visually look at the thing and see if it's stuck closed. I think that this is what JJboy is getting at and it could very well be the case. The system will satisfy on the inside (reach desired set point on thermostat) and cut the call for cool off but if the high voltage contactor on the condensing unit is stuck closed then it keeps on running and overheats.

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From a few weeks ago, contactor that was stuck closed and causing the compressor to overheat from a few weeks ago.

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Cap was completely shot, replaced it and so far so good.
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Cap was completely shot, replaced it and so far so good.

post # 2 was the first tip to test the capacitor ...... post # 29 coil was cleaned, and installed hard start kit ........ should have tested the capacitor at the beginning of this post.
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well it ran for about 30 minutes and cut off again, the compressor and the fan stopped outside. im at a loss now, gonna call the home warranty company. The unit had been off for over 12 hours now so I dont think heat is a issue.

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