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Heat Pump AC took over ten tries before it started. Does that mean capacitor is weak or worn out?
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: April 23, 2022 12:56AM
It was almost that bad last spring. Should I just replace it now before it gets hot? (The capacitor, not the unit.)



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Re: Heat Pump AC took over ten tries before it started. Does that mean capacitor is weak or worn out?
Posted by: Bernie
Date: April 23, 2022 04:20AM
Yes!




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Re: Heat Pump AC took over ten tries before it started. Does that mean capacitor is weak or worn out?
Posted by: gadje
Date: April 23, 2022 07:08AM
see if can get a MADE IN USA capacitor.
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Re: Heat Pump AC took over ten tries before it started. Does that mean capacitor is weak or worn out?
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: April 23, 2022 12:59PM
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gadje
see if can get a MADE IN USA capacitor.

I have been looking but no luck so far. I saw one “Made In North America.” It’s not hard to figure out what that means.
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Re: Heat Pump AC took over ten tries before it started. Does that mean capacitor is weak or worn out?
Posted by: Will Collier
Date: April 23, 2022 01:26PM
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Dennis S
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gadje
see if can get a MADE IN USA capacitor.

I have been looking but no luck so far. I saw one “Made In North America.” It’s not hard to figure out what that means.

FWIW, my HVAC guy (who is very good) hasn't been able to find non-Chinese heat pump capacitors for many years now. Per him, it's a complete crapshoot as to the quality you'll get, one brand or label is just as likely to be good (or bad) as another.
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Re: Heat Pump AC took over ten tries before it started. Does that mean capacitor is weak or worn out?
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: April 23, 2022 02:20PM
I think I found one made in USA:

[www.amazon.com]
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Re: Heat Pump AC took over ten tries before it started. Does that mean capacitor is weak or worn out?
Posted by: Will Collier
Date: April 23, 2022 02:47PM
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Dennis S
I think I found one made in USA:

[www.amazon.com]

Well how about that. I'll pass it along to my guy.
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Re: Heat Pump AC took over ten tries before it started. Does that mean capacitor is weak or worn out?
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: April 23, 2022 03:13PM
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Will Collier
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Dennis S
I think I found one made in USA:

[www.amazon.com]

Well how about that. I'll pass it along to my guy.

I just googled “capacitor USA” and clicked the first Amazon link. There may be more.

Edit: There is a brand called Amrad made in the USA. I found several on Amazon searching for “capacitor USA” in the Amazon search. They are almost double he price of Chinese and Mexican ones.



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Re: Heat Pump AC took over ten tries before it started. Does that mean capacitor is weak or worn out?
Posted by: Racer X
Date: April 23, 2022 04:27PM
Been this way for several decades. Capacitors for classic cars with points ignitions have been crap since the 90s. I amassed a stash of NOS back in the early 2000s.

I'm planning on going HEI in another of my Buicks though It gets driven in the summer a lot, and drive-ability is more important.



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Re: Heat Pump AC took over ten tries before it started. Does that mean capacitor is weak or worn out?
Posted by: Bill in NC
Date: April 23, 2022 06:38PM
There is no problem finding USA-made HVAC capacitors...you'll just pay 3x the price of Chinese--made ones.
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Re: Heat Pump AC took over ten tries before it started. Does that mean capacitor is weak or worn out?
Posted by: Racer X
Date: April 23, 2022 07:51PM
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There is no problem finding USA-made HVAC capacitors...you'll just pay 3x the price of Chinese--made ones.

but if it saves service call charges, and downtime at the worst possible time, money well spent.



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“A sword never kills anybody; it is a tool in the killer's hand.” Seneca the Younger

The police have no duty to respond. See Castle Rock v. Gonzales, 545 U.S. 748 (2005) or Warren v. District of Columbia[1] (444 A.2d. 1, D.C. Ct. of Ap. 1981)

Judge Lee wrote that “we cannot jettison our constitutional rights, even if the goal behind a law is laudable." 9th Circuit Court of Appeals

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Re: Heat Pump AC took over ten tries before it started. Does that mean capacitor is weak or worn out?
Posted by: Bill in NC
Date: April 25, 2022 08:38AM
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Racer X
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Bill in NC
There is no problem finding USA-made HVAC capacitors...you'll just pay 3x the price of Chinese--made ones.

but if it saves service call charges, and downtime at the worst possible time, money well spent.

absolutely...my HVAC company uses USA-made capacitors.

have only needed one new capacitor (replaced the Chinese-made one that came with the unit) for my 14-year old heat pump so far.
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Re: Heat Pump AC took over ten tries before it started. Does that mean capacitor is weak or worn out?
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: April 25, 2022 08:41AM
I just ordered an Amrad Made in USA for $35.
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