Can a Bad Capacitor Hurt My Air Conditioner?

Monday, April 18, 2016

To learn about the negative effects of a bad capacitor, you must first understand what a capacitor is and how it functions. A capacitor is one of the most essential parts of the electrical system in your air conditioner. Without it, the motors that power the compressor and the fans wouldn’t be able to function.

Think of capacitors like short-term batteries. They are small, cylindrical objects that have the ability to store energy within an electrostatic field. They are attached to motors, and either send a jolt to start up the motor (start capacitor), or a regular series of jolts (run capacitor) to keep the motor running. In your AC system, capacitors work with three different motors. These are the compressor, the blower motor, and the outside fan.

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Why Is There Ice on My Air Conditioning System?

Monday, September 21, 2015

With an air conditioner, you have one expectation from it: that it will blow cool air into your home so you can enjoy comfort during hot weather. And since everyone associates “cool” with “ice,” doesn’t it make sense that some ice might appear on an air conditioning system while it works?

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