do you have a meter with a continuity (ohms) function? I'm willing to bet that the compressor has open windings meaning it's shot.
Yes I believe I do.
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?
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.
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.
How do I check that?
You had 243 across two legs at the contactor of 120 which in all actuality were 12? per leg or each side. If you check from one terminal to ground (you can use the ground lug in the condenser) it will show you 12?. From terminal to terminal is 243 which is the total of two individual legs, single phase.I did check the contactor, I had 243V on each side.
Does this make sense? If the fan motor was cutting out if would over heat the compressor causing it to shutdown?
I think I had 2 problems. 1 was the cap on the compressor and 2 was the cap on the fan motor. I just didnt find the fan motor cap the first time because it was disguised.