It’s been quite warm here for Sept, highs in the 80s, with it getting up to 90 this weekend.
We were canning veggies today, which can make it quite warm in our small home, especially with it in the 80s outside. While we’re doing the work on the tomatoes, I notice that man, it seems like the AC has been running nonstop for a couple of hours, and it’s 85° in here!
So, I put my hand on the vent, and just semi cool air is coming out, not cold. I took the vent cover off the indoor exchanger, and the coils are bone dry and not cold, and no water in the condensation tray. It had to be the outdoor unit (compressor) messing up.
So I went outside, and that unit is not running, just the indoor blower. After cutting the power to it, I took the service panel off, and the run/start capacitor looked extremely rusty, and a bit bowed up at the terminals. I had to replace the same part on out on our AC unit back in Texas, and it looked similar. This cap may be the original, which might explain all the rust.
I called a local HVAC guy and asked if had any such caps, and he said no, but referred me to a vendor closeby. So I called him, and they had the part I needed for about $8. So, tomorrow looks like I’ll be headed to town to pick it up. I’m just glad it’s something I can just go and pick up, don’t know if we could stand waiting on ordering one.
While sitting here typing this, it’s still 84 in here, we got all the fans going and the windows open…I may have to go outside tonight and sleep with the pets, at least it’s in the 60s out there!