You read that right, the air conditioner in our rental home stopped blowing cold air. It’s hitting 91 degrees during the day already, so this is pretty dang important. Forgot to add in the original post that I first tried calling the a/c repair guy that we have always used, but they were already closed. Mr. BFS and our friend went over immediately and narrowed down the problem, but our quick fix didn’t work for more than an hour or so. It definitely didn’t buy me any time. Now I am searching for a working a/c capacitor that can be delivered ASAP.
The system worked when our friend pushed along one of the rotating parts of the capacitor. I’m calling this the “starter-thingy”. BUT, then it stopped working again in an hour or so and the trick with pushing along the starter-thing didn’t work again for long.
Our hypothesis is that the air conditioner unit has a dual capacitor – a capacitor with a “starter-thingy” and a “main-capacitor-thingy”. Well, we’re guessing that both parts are bad.
Long story short, I’m hitting Amazon.com and other online sites to find a good, FAST deal on the correct capacitor. But we have the wrong numbers written down and my tenant is asleep (she also wanted to double-check the numbers in the morning when the sun was up), so we’ll need to figure out the exact capacitor model number as early this morning as we can so I can keep hunting. I’m writing this post at 1:30am and haven’t had any luck yet.
Best and Worst Case Scenarios
Best case – I find the capacitor we need on Amazon via Amazon Prime and we have the part by Wednesday, install it, and it works. This would run us less than $50.
Worst case – we call out our a/c repair guy, it isn’t just the capacitor, it’s something irreparable, and we have to fork out $5000 for a new air conditioner. This scenario also takes WAY longer.
Realistically – I find the correct parts but it takes us a week to really find out every issue or to have the part(s) delivered. So this would take about the same amount of time as the worst case scenario, but costs way less. It costs more than the best case scenario, but takes more time.
I’m handling this all right now, so this is to be continued…
How is your house or rental property treating you or your tenant right now?
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