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Offline ameritech

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How many bad caps have you seen???
« on: August 22, 2017, 07:16:11 PM »

Have any of you guys ever seen a bad capacitor when changing out the start device on a compressor? I just thought I'd ask because I m going out on whirlpool GI5SVAXVB01 tomorrow and Im almost certain its a bad start device. In the past I've ordered the capacitor with it just to safe, but I dont want to waste my customers money if not necessary. I've had techs tell me they've NEVER had to change out caps. I've tried to test them in the past, but they never really seemed to test like they're supposed to.

What say you???

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Offline dewitt8884

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Re: How many bad caps have you seen???
« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2017, 07:53:43 PM »
not me :D

Offline johnboy3

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Re: How many bad caps have you seen???
« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2017, 09:20:40 PM »
I would say rarely, except for window a/c and the Whirlpool vertical modular washers.  A meter with a capacitance reading scale really helps.

Offline RAH52

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Re: How many bad caps have you seen???
« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2017, 04:22:09 AM »
Never had a bad cap on a fridge ,half a dozen or so on a vmw

Offline dab147315

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Re: How many bad caps have you seen???
« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2017, 08:15:19 AM »
The capacitor is a run cap and makes the compressor more efficient.Can start and run without it.

Offline ameritech

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Re: How many bad caps have you seen???
« Reply #5 on: August 24, 2017, 10:14:39 AM »
Thanks for the replys. It was a bad start device. I had a hard start on the truck. Threw that on there - with old cap - working fine  8). I did test the cap for microfarads w/meter and it was on spec. Is that reliable way to check caps?

I agree with one of the guys about changing some vmw's out. Ive run into that...