A/C Start Capacitor Issues

Air Conditioner Start Capacitor Trouble

Community Cooling & Heating Inc.

Air Conditioner Repair, Service, Maintenance
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Fort Myers, Florida

Air Conditioner Start Capacitor Trouble

 

Failing capacitors are one of the common reasons for malfunctions in an AC. Thankfully, if you catch capacitor trouble in time, repair technicians can easily swap them out for new ones without any serious effect to the AC. However, if bad capacitors are ignored, you may end up with a non-functioning air conditioning system right when you need one the most.  One of the most essential components of an air conditioning system are the capacitors. A capacitor is used to store energy in an electrostatic field. Capacitors perform the task of maintaining an even flow of voltage to running motors, and providing a requisite initial  jolt to start the motor in the first place. For air conditioning purposes capacitors are connected to three main motors … the compressor motor, the blower motor, and the outdoor fan motor. Each of these has an individual capacitor, or set of capacitors, to start it (the start capacitor), and to keep it running (the run capacitor).

The most common problem that bad capacitors can cause is “hard starting.” This is when the compressor of an AC has difficulty starting up, stutters trying to turn on, and then shuts off a short while later. There are a number of different causes for hard starting, but a bad start capacitor is probably the most common, as well as being a relatively simple, and low cost repair. while not always easy to diagnose that a start capacitor is the problem, a trained, knowledgeable  technician will quickly pick up on any visible signs such as splitting, bulging, frayed or discolored wiring, or even leaking oil.  They will also run electrical tests for amperage and continuity to be certain the capacitor is the source of  the trouble.

 

Bad hard start capacitor
Bad hard start capacitor

Before a capacitor fails, it often times will begin to make a clicking noise or intermittently, run for only short periods of time, or make a humming noise as the motors begin to turn. This is a good time to have a contractor check it out before the compressor or other components fail and need repair or replacement.

In nearly all cases of capacitor problems,  the capacitor will need to be replaced. To try and repair the capacitor itself wouldn’t be cost effective, and would leave the customer with an “iffy” component that may, or may not, last for any particular amount of time.  Air conditioner professionals, know how to …

 

assess the problem safely and correctly

secure/obtain the correct replacement part

remove the old capacitor safely

install new capacitor to optimal, recommended standards

 

Start Capacitor Explosion
Start Capacitor Explosion

 

Capacitors associated with air conditioners are, generally speaking, bigger capacitors designed to assist starting motors, and then keeping them running. There are several motors present in an conditioner and heater systems and they all require capacitors to get them started initially, and then to keep them performing in rhythmic syncopation as well.  A typical residential air conditioning unit employs a variety of capacitors to keep it’s component parts running efficiently and effectively.

Compressor Motor Run Capacitor
Outside Fan Motor Run Capacitor
Indoor Blower Motor Run Capacitor:
Start Capacitor

 

 

Warning!
High Voltage!
Extreme Risk Of SEVERE SHOCK!!!

Start capacitors should be checked and serviced by trained air conditioner technicians ONLY!

 

Do not attempt to inspect, assess, or replace these parts yourself!  That’s what we are here for!

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We believe in putting our clients needs first, earning your trust, and making sure we provide a level of service that ensures you will call us again the next time!

Air Conditioner Compressor Repairs

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AC Spring Tune Up Time 2016

Air Conditioner Thermal Expansion Valves

Community Cooling and Heating Inc.
(239)267-2117
Air Conditioner Repairs and Services
Fort Myers, Florida

A/C maintenance saves you money in the long run

 

 

Brand new air conditioner
Proper maintenance protects your equipment, and helps keep more money in your pocket.

 

Community Cooling and Heating is offering a 16 point cooling system check which includes:

Clean your condenser coils.
Check operating pressures
Check electrical connections
Check sub-cooling
Check fan blade
Lubricate moving parts
Clean air filters
check thermostat
Check blower operation
Check controls
Check superheat
Check temperature drop across evaporator
Clean indoor coil if visible
Check complete unit operation
Treat condesate line and pan
Make necessary recommendations

HIGHER THAN NORMAL ELECTRIC BILLS?

AIR CONDITIONER RUNS LONGER THAN IT SHOULD TO COOL YOUR HOME?

INSUFFICIENT COOLING IN YOUR HOME?

Not knowing why … IS COSTING YOU MONEY!

WE CAN HELP!

Our well stocked trucks, and well trained air conditioning technicians are always on call when you need air conditioner serve, repairs, or maintenance.

Our well stocked trucks, and well trained air conditioning technicians are always on call when you need air conditioner services, repairs, or maintenance.

 

Air conditioner services Ft Myers can depend on!

Community Cooling takes great pride in showing up on time, accurately assessing your air conditioning problem, and providing the consumer with the full range of options available to him … and then letting the customer decide which option makes the most sense to him personally, and fits his family’s budget as well!

Our Motto is…“We won’t send you a wolf in sheep’s clothing …

just an honest professional”

We guarantee all our repairs and offer a Free Second Opinion

Kurt Hartmann, Owner of Community Cooling and Heating

Call Today For Air Conditioner Service, Repair, Maintenance, and Installation

239-267-2117

Air Conditioning Service Ft Myers | Glossary Of A/C Terms

In the process of gathering information for posts about air conditioning services in Ft Myers I quickly realized there are a number of terms and words I didn’t understand.  I looked around the web and found this glossary on wikipedia and found it quite useful.  Thought I would share it here … hope it is helpful!

A/C Service in Ft Myers ... Repair and Installation

 

HVAC terms

air changes per hour
Main article: Air changes per hour
The number of times per hour that the volume of a specific room or building is supplied or removed from that space by mechanical and natural ventilation. Abbreviated ACH.
air conditioner
Main article: Air conditioner
An appliance, system, or mechanism designed to dehumidify and extract heat from an area. Usually this term is reserved for smaller self contained units such as a residential system.
air handler or air handling unit
Main article: Air handler
A central unit consisting of a blower, heating and cooling elements, filter racks or chamber, dampers, humidifier, and other central equipment in direct contact with the airflow. This does not include the ductwork through the building. Abbreviated AH or AHU.
British thermal unit
Main article: British thermal unit
Any of several units of energy (heat) in the HVAC industry, each slightly more than 1 kJ. One BTU is the energy required to raise one pound of water one degree Fahrenheit, but the many different types of BTU are based on different interpretations of this “definition”. In the United States the power of HVAC systems (the rate of cooling and dehumidifying or heating) is sometimes expressed in BTU/hour instead of watts. Abbreviated BTU or Btu.
chiller
Main article: Chiller
A device that removes heat from a liquid via a vapor-compression or absorption refrigeration cycle. This cooled liquid flows through pipes in a building and passes through coils in air handlers, fan-coil units, or other systems, cooling and usually dehumidifying the air in the building. Chillers are of two types; air-cooled or water-cooled. Air-cooled chillers are usually outside and consist of condenser coils cooled by fan-driven air. Water-cooled chillers are usually inside a building, and heat from these chillers is carried by recirculating water to a heat sink such as an outdoor cooling tower.
coil
Equipment that performs heat transfer to air when mounted inside an air handling unit or ductwork. It is heated or cooled by electrical means or by circulating liquid or steam within it.
condenser
Main article: Condenser
A component in the basic refrigeration cycle that ejects or removes heat from the system. The condenser is the hot side of an air conditioner or heat pump. Condensers are heat exchangers, and can transfer heat to air or to an intermediate fluid (such as water or an aqueous solution of ethylene glycol) to carry heat to a distant sink, such as ground (earth sink), a body of water, or air (as with cooling towers).
constant air volume
Main article: Constant air volume
A system designed to provide a constant air flow. This term is applied to HVAC systems that have variable supply-air temperature but constant air flow rates. Most residential forced-air systems are small CAV systems with on/off control. Abbreviated CAV.
controller
A device that controls the operation of part or all of a system. It may simply turn a device on and off, or it may more subtly modulate the set point of components. Most controllers are automatic but have user input such as temperature set points, e.g. a thermostat. Controls may be analog or digital.
damper
Main article: Damper (architecture)
A plate or gate placed in a duct to control air flow by increasing friction in the duct.
deep lake water cooling
The heat is rejected to deep lake regions to cool homes and offices, reducing the energy costs.
ΔT
(Also delta T) a reference to a temperature difference. It is used to describe the difference in temperature of a heating or cooling fluid as it enters and as it leaves a system.
duct
Main article: Duct (HVAC)
Specialized housing for the air flow.
evaporator
Main article: Evaporator
A component in the basic refrigeration cycle that absorbs or adds heat to the system. Evaporators can be used to absorb heat from air or from a liquid. The evaporator is the cold side of an air conditioner or heat pump.
fan coil unit
Main article: Fan coil unit
A small terminal unit that is often composed of only a blower and a heating and/or cooling coil, as is often used in hotels, condominiums, or apartments. Abbreviated FCU.
flow
A transfer of fluid volume per unit time.
fresh air intake
An opening through which outside air is drawn into the building. This may be to replace air in the building that has been exhausted by the ventilation system, or to provide fresh air for combustion of fuel. Abbreviated FAI.
furnace
Main article: Furnace
A component of an HVAC system that adds heat to air or an intermediate fluid by burning fuel (natural gas, oil, propane, butane, or other flammable substances) in a heat exchanger.
grille
A facing across a duct opening, often rectangular in shape, containing multiple parallel slots through which air may be delivered or withdrawn from a ventilated space. The grille directs the air flow in a particular direction and prevents the passage of large items.
heat load, heat loss, heat gain
Terms for the amount of heating (heat loss) or cooling (heat gain) needed to maintain desired temperatures and humidities in controlled air. Regardless of how well-insulated and sealed a building is, buildings gain heat from sunlight, conduction through the walls, and internal heat sources such as people and electrical equipment. Buildings lose heat through conduction during cold weather. Engineers use a heat load calculations to determine the HVAC needs of the space being cooled or heated.
intermediate fluid
A liquid or gas used to transfer heat between two heat exchangers. An intermediate fluid is used when the hot and cold fluids are too bulky (such as air) or difficult to handle (such as halocarbon refrigerant) to directly transfer the heat.
louver
  1. Components made of multiple smaller blades, sometimes adjustable, placed in ducts or duct entries to control the volume of air flow. When used inside of ducts, their function is similar to that of adamper, but they can be manufactured to fit larger openings than a single-piece damper.
  2. Blades in a rectangular frame placed in doors or walls to permit the movement of air.
makeup air unit
An air handler that conditions 100% outside air. Typically used in industrial or commercial settings, or in “once-through” (blower sections that only blow air one-way into the building), “low flow” (air handling systems that blow air at a low flow rate), or “primary-secondary” (air handling systems that have an air handler or rooftop unit connected to an add-on makeup unit or hood) commercial HVAC systems. Abbreviated MAU.
minimum outside air
The lowest amount of fresh air flow that can be allowed into a recirculating system. This limit is sent to ensure that the interior air remains safe and comfortable to breathe.
outside air damper
An automatic louver or damper that controls the fresh air flow into an air handler and modulates to the most energy efficient setting.
packaged terminal air conditioner
An air conditioner and heater combined into a single, electrically-powered unit, typically installed through a wall and often found in hotels. Abbreviated PTAC.
packaged unit or rooftop unit
Main article: Packaged unit
An air-handling unit, defined as either “recirculating” or “once-through” design, made specifically for outdoor installation. They most often include, internally, their own heating and cooling devices. Very common in some regions, particularly in single-story commercial buildings. Abbreviated RTU.
plenum space
An enclosed space inside a building or other structure, used for airflow. Often refers to the space between a dropped ceiling and the structural ceiling or a raised floor and the hard floor. Distinct fromductwork as a plenum is part of the structure itself. Cable and piping within a plenum must be properly rated for its fire and smoke indices.
psychrometric
Main article: Psychrometrics
The study of the behavior of air-water vapor mixtures. Water vapor plays an important role in energy transfer and human comfort in HVAC design.
smoke damper
damper or adjustable louver designed to augment the ventilation of a space during a fire.
system
General term used to refer to the set or a subset of components that perform a specific HVAC function within a building.
terminal unit
A small component that contains a heating coil, cooling coil, automatic damper, or some combination of the three. Used to control the temperature of a single room. Abbreviated TU.
thermal zone
An individual space or group of neighboring indoor spaces that the HVAC designer expects will have similar thermal loads. Building codes may require zoning to save energy in commercial buildings. Zones are defined in the building to reduce the number of HVAC subsystems, and thus initial cost. For example, for perimeter offices, rather than one zone for each office, all offices facing west can be combined into one zone. Small residences typically have only one conditioned thermal zone, plus unconditioned spaces such as garages, attics, and crawlspaces, and basements.
variable air volume
Main article: Variable air volume
An HVAC system that has a stable supply-air temperature, and varies the air flow rate to meet the temperature requirements. Compared to constant air volume systems, these systems conserve energy through lower fan speeds during times of lower temperature control demand. Most new commercial buildings have VAV systems. VAVs may be bypass type or pressure dependent. Pressure dependent type VAVs save energy while both types help in maintaining temperature of the zone that it feeds. Abbreviated VAV.

 

Air Conditioning Service Ft Myers

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Florida Air Conditioning Upgrade Rebates On Hold

A 17.5 million dollar rebate program that would have helped home owners in Ft Myers, and all across the state of Florida has been put on hold. Legislators are currently debating the value of the program and how to free the money up. Money has been made available by the Federal Government, but, it is tied to a “Solar Rebate” program. Some are now saying those who claimed the money could be used for A/C upgrades spoke too soon. The Florida air conditioning industry is extremely hopeful that the solar and A/C programs can be separated and the A/C portion of it can move forward. Florida has a lot to gain from the program …

  • Upgraded A/C units require less power from our power plants reducing demand from our limited resources.
  • Florida will generate sales tax revenue with every upgrade.
  • Counties will collect revenue from the permits generated by the program.
  • A/C contractors will have more work, which will create new jobs, or at least prevent the loss of existing ones.
  • Upgraded A/C units are, in the long run, better for the environment.

Hope fully legislators will see the value in this program and make it available to the public.  Many in the Ft Myers area, already struggling with the recession, would have a difficult time replacing their outdated A/C systems without it.  Feel free to post a comment and tell us how you feel about this important issue!

Ft Myers Air Conditioning Thermostat Upgrade Provides Convenience And Economy

Is an outdated thermostat costing you big money?

Running an air conditioner in Fort Myers Florida all day to ensure your home is comfortable when you get home from work is an expensive proposition.  Utility bills are high enough already without adding 20 to 30 percent to it by cooling the house when no one is home.  many think the only alternative is to turn the A/C off until you get home and then wait an hour or two for your house to cool off, but, there is another option.

 

Community Cooling is known for honesty, courtesy, and putting the clients needs first. Community Cooling has established a 45 year reputation for honesty, integrity, and professionalism.

Have your air conditioning contractor install a programmable  thermostat in your home!

Programmable thermostats are …

  • Reasonably priced!  Especially when you consider the savings on your electric bill!
  • Convenient!  Set it up the way you like and your A/C will run on a regular schedule!
  • Economical!  Over the years you will save hundreds if not thousands of dollars on your utilities!
  • Comfortable!  Your home will always be at a temperature of your choosing!

The right thermostat will ultimately make your home more comfortable

when you want it to be.

 

Community Cooling helps you squeeze every last nickel out of your air conditioner. Get the very most out of air conditioner … call Community Cooling

Don’t suffer through needlessly warm temperatures when you first get home, or pay more than necessary to keep your home COOL!  In most cases the cost and time required for installation is minimal, while the impact on your comfort and your utility bill will be quite noticeable.  Community Cooling and Heating Inc. has been servicing Lee County air conditioners since 1970 and has a long established reputation for honesty, integrity, and putting their clients needs first.

Call Community Cooling and Heating
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