Fan Works. Air Conditioner Compressor Will Not Start .

by Charles H
(NJ, USA)

Started central air conditioner system and it was blowing nice cool air, and then started blowing warm air. I Checked outside. Outside unit was making a loud noise, getting hot. Noticed condenser fan was hardly working. Then as I inspected the wires (Three from fan), one was rubbing the compressor and shorting out.


Shut off ac system and power at breaker. Then I repaired the wire with a piece of new wire and wire connectors. Wrapped with electrical tape and enclosed all three wires in a 6" piece of rubber hose to insulate from rubbing the compressor.

Started central air conditioner system. Now the condenser fan turns nice and fast and no loud noise. But the compressor doesn't seem to come on and system still blows warm air.

This system has worked for over 25 years without any problems.

I pulled the front panel and I can see the Capacitors (two) are rusty but not bulging just rusty. The contactor is working.

The Type of system is a York "Tomb Stone" with two fans, (one in front and one in rear. Installed in 1984 when we purchased our home. Don't know what ton it is.

Can you help? Thanks in advance.

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Air conditioning unit outside NEW
by: Deron Conner

My capacitor to compressor is bad , compressor want start

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bad comp capacitor
by: Anonymous

bad comp.capacitor.needs starting cap to overc0me initial torque of start up then it kicks out by centrifugal switch or back emf relay..

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bad cap on comp.
by: Anonymous

sounds like the capacitor is shot for compressor!!!

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ac condenser not turning on (york ac)
by: allen

I have similar problem. york central ac worked will past >10yrs. working even now this weekend but sunday stopped cooling and checked the outdoor ac unit (tombstone configuration) and fan working and can hear the buzz of condenser starting but never stays on. the indoor thermostat was turned down and the fan stayed on and intermittent buzz of condenser trying to start but never starts. suggestions please.Is this something i can try on my own or call an ac repairman. thanks in advance.

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