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Is my HVAC compressor siezed?

My R22 HVAC system stopped working. Trying to see if there is anything else I can do When the compressor kicks on I hear a buzzing sound (presumably when the capacitor is in start mode) and a hen goes ...
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Heatpump Compressor Hardstart Device: What is the active working mechanism?

The original compressor-heatpump starting issue is documented at Air-conditioner fan & compressor fails to start. I installed a new capacitor before the technician arrived. The HVAC technician ...
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What should I do if the refrigeration compressor returns oil?

When I was using my refrigerator, I noticed that it returned a little oil. What should I do?
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Heat Pump Compressor not turning on in heat mode

UPDATE 29-MAY-2021: So I have it working now, after playing around with some of the settings in both the Nest Thermostat and the Zone Control Panel. In the "Pro Setup" section of the Nest, I ...
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How should I connect new thermostat wires to my heat pump?

I need some direction on troubleshooting my HVAC heat pump. I have recently purchased an older home with a newer heat pump was installed. There was no power to the thermostat. Called repairman and he ...
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Moved compressor from one outlet to another. Now it trips the breaker. Same circuit. Different outlet. Why?

I had a single phase 115v ac compressor connected to a 20A circuit. It worked in that location for many years. Recently, I moved the compressor to another outlet on the same circuit. Now it trips the ...
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Will cutting the fridge capillary pipe allow the gas to evacuate? [duplicate]

I'm wanting to remove a compressor from a fridge, I need to release the gas(r600a - safe) first. Initially I thought you had to cut or pierce the copper piping attached to the compressor but I've ...
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Can I safely cut a copper compressor pipe with r600a gas?

Can I safely cut a fridge compressors copper pipes if it uses r600a gas. I've read of people taking out fridge compressors but I want to check whether it's safe to cut the pipes like this?
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How to attach valve to fridge compressor copper pipe without torch? [closed]

I'm trying to make a vacuum pump to pump my car's AC system. I have a fridge outside with r600a gas. I am wanting to take out the compressor and use it as a vacuum pump. I don't even know if the ...
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Are compressor pressure switches adjustable or repairable?

I have a craftsman air compressor. It's about 20 years old, but for many years now, if I let it run on it's own, it will always blow the pressure relief valve. I don't need a lot of volume, so I ...
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5 hp air compressor wiring

5 hp 80 gal 208/230 volt air compressor, amps 18.6-17.5, LR amps -95, KW- 2.98 Located 80-100 feet from panel--looking for wire size and breaker size thanks John on 230V circuit hp listed on tank ...
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Repurpose old compressor

I recently came across someone who was throwing away an old craftsman air-tank and compressor. They claimed the compressor did now work anymore as it would never build pressure. I had an old ...
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Two zone hvac on single compressor [closed]

I have a two zone HVAC system with two compressors (A and B). When I run the heat on Zone 1, it uses compressor A and when I run the heat on Zone 2, it also uses compressor A. When I run the A/C, it ...
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Hooking up my compressor to my dryer outlet

I need to plug in my compressor, which has a NEMA L6-30P plug. I currently have a NEMA 10-30R Receptacle How do I do this? It looks like the ground from my dryer plug is grounded in the box. I do ...
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Freezer not working; only makes quiet sound

An old (probably 30-50 years) chest freezer is not working. When plugged in it makes a constant, very quiet sound and does not change temperature. How could I tell what's wrong with it? Is it likely ...
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Air compressor first use - plug needs to be replaced? [closed]

I was wondering if anyone could help me with this problem. My brother bought an air compressor recently and found this note. What does that mean, which plug should we replace? This yellow one with two ...
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Have I correctly identified this part on my air compressor?

I have a Blue Hawk model 0300812 air compressor purchased several years ago from Lowe's. Sometimes, but not always, I get air leaking from here: It doesn't leak from around the threads, as one might ...
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Do most modern freezers have compressor delay?

Do most modern freezers have a "failsafe" of some kind to keep the compressor from cycling too quickly? I want to connect my freezer to an external thermostat and I have been advised that ...
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Compressor inside condenser switches off on extremely hot days, makes high pitched noise (video!)

Our AC stops emitting cold air on very hot days (100+). It recovers after about 1h of not running. The condenser fan keeps running, but the compressor switches off. I only recently caught it as it was ...
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How to choose a refrigerator? [closed]

what are the features to look for when buying a refrigerator? Such as what capacity is of the compressor? how do I use this information to measure against my usage? Are copper tubing better? What is ...
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Can Home AC Electrical Whip Cause Compressor Failure?

I have an 11 year old Arcoaire ac unit. The other day we heard a pop sound and noticed a little smoking coming from the electrical whip casing. The part of the casing with the issue is about half ...
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redirecting some air from outdoor A/C compressor into the attic to cool it down

I can't find any info on this question, and this might be a stupid idea... but anyway: The temperature in the attic is ca. 130F, 3pm, outside temperature 90F. ( Florida, 17y/o house ) Can I direct/...
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HVAC Issue With Compressor

Every time the compressor tries to come on it pops the breaker. A friend who has worked in AC says its because the compressor is going bad. Is this true?
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Is it OK to underpower a run capacitor?

Have to replace a 55uf MFD 440 Volt VAC (model 97F9042). Is it OK to, at least temporarily, replace it with a 45uf 440V one (model ITAN PRO TRCF45)? (Some specific details of my situation. It's not ...
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Are there any physics problems with immersing freezer coils in water?

Given a small refrigerator / freezer (dorm fridge), would there be any reason why immersing the freezer coil in water would reduce or eliminate the ability of the system to remove heat? I took a dorm ...
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Time to Replace Central AC?

Have a 2004, Rheem, Model #: RAMC-048JBZ; R-22 refrigerant. We live in Central Texas, very hot 5 months a year, we use the AC probably 7/8 months a year. Have had annual maintenance performed since ...
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Can you operate / permanently install an air compressor in freezing temperatures?

My garage is heated but it's attic is not. The attic is accessible and could make a good location for a large air compressor - saves space & could muffle the noise. But the annual temperature ...
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How much usable air in an air compressor?

I'm trying to figure out how long a small 3 Gallon compressor tank will last in between the compressor kicking on and off. I know the tank volume, and cut-in/cut-out PSI, and my approximate SCF usage ...
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Fridge turns on when banging it

My Kenmore full fridge intermittently turns off, and the only way to turn it back on is to bang it on its side. When it is off, unplugging it and plugging it back in doesn't help, neither does ...
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Want to drain/change compressor oil, but there's no outlet

I have an air compressor; the brand was supposedly Karson but it's actually a rebranded Fiac compressor. I wanted to change the oil; but I realized that it has a window-level, no actual dipstick and ...
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Will an AC compressor work upside down?

If an AC system is designed to keep liquid refrigerant out of the compressor, will the compressor be ok if installed upside down? It should only be dealing with gaseous refrigerant, but I don't know ...
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Find adapter for an air hose

I bought this adapter to easier fill my car tires with air: (https://ebay.us/vtTY9x) However, the outer diameter of the left side is 1/4" and it has no inner thread. I wanted the left side to be a ...
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Whirlpool refrigerator (6 year old) stops cooling

My refrigerator stops cooling and I heard clicking and buzzing from the back of it. I then bought new start relay and capacitor and replaced the old ones. But the problem remains (clicking, buzzing, ...
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Refrigerator compressor issue?

May have been asked and answered already but GE Side by Side working seemingly fine but i have noticed that when the compressor comes on (I am assuming) it is causing a substantial power draw in the ...
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Can't get air hose to connect back in to compressor

I have a 10gal compressor used to fill up tires mostly. A friend with Alzheimer's disconnected the hose from the compressor. I don't believe he changed any fittings but I can't get the hose to ...
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AC compressor makes strange constant noise, won't run

My Comfortmaker AC compressor outside makes this strange sound when I turn it on, and the fan in the compressor doesn't run. https://vocaroo.com/i/s0rx9CsN4XaQ Every few seconds it also makes the ...
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Compressor very noisy for sub-zero freezer section. Ice starting to melt

Any advice how to solve the above issue?
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Loud noise from outdoor unit several seconds after AC turns off

I haven't been able to find anyone online with quite this issue... I have a Carrier heat pump system, and through the winter it would often make that torpedo noise when heating the house (I later ...
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Split unit Air Conditioner replace compressor single to three phase

I have a 3-ton split AC "single-phase compressor" was working perfectly until I moved it to another location, some oil spilled from the suction pipe during the transportation so when I installed it in ...
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goodman furnace /ac no y terminal on board (revisited)

My son-in-law's Goodman B1809913S control board only has R, W and G terminals (no Y terminal). In order to make the AC compressor AND the furnace fan operate the Y and the G wires are jumpered ...
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Lennox air conditioner capacitor and compressor ohm readings

I have a Lennox 2.5 ton a/c unit, model 13ACD-036-230-05, with a blown dual run capacitor (the run terminal for the compressor is burnt off the can, the fan and common terminals are still intact, fan ...
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Can I reduce the grinding and humming noise from my portable air con's compressor?

My portable air conditioner's compressor can get quite noisy, it's like a vibrating pulsing grinding noise. Is it possible to reduce this noise?
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Piece of brass in air compressor tank -- problem or no?

I recently inherited my first air compressor, which had a broken brass drainage valve. While attempting to remove it, I further broke the valve and lost a piece inside the compressor tank. I've tried ...
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Inserting a Tee In 1" Pipe for an Air Compressor?

I have a copper pipe outside my house that is 1" in diameter (Measured 1.1 inches using a digital caliper) that feeds our house's sprinkler system. My dad uses his commercial air compressor to clear ...
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Power Surge Damage to Refrigerator

our house had several power surges last week that damaged a few of our major appliances including our indoor and outdoor refrigerators. Today, a repair person told us that our indoor fridge is leaking ...
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Using PEX Fittings with Nylon Tubing

I'm planning on plumbing my shop for compressed air and I think I want to use nylon tubing, like what comes in the RapidAir kits. I don't want to use PVC for obvious reasons, and though I think PEX ...
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Refrigerator intermittently making loud clicks with compressor banging and shaking

Facts: 9 year old Whirlpool refrigerator has been operating quietly for 9 years. Refrigerator has two doors and is top-freezer/bottom-refrigerator configuration. About 3 months ago, it would ...
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Can I upsize my air conditioner if I have a two-speed compressor?

The upper floor of my house has a split A/C, three-ton. When the temperature gets up above about 95 Fahrenheit, the unit can't keep the upstairs cool. That means that for a few weeks a year, my kids'...
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Help: Wiring 220V in garage to NEMA 10-30r because MIG welder and air compressor have 10-30p

I've reviewed many articles on this website as they've been referred by my Google searches. But most have been about dryers. I have an older air compressor (240V, 60Hz, 15A, 5hp) and a MIG welder (...
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Is a tiny dent in a compressor tank a safety concern?

I saw some questions and answers on air compressors so I thought I would ask one: I just purchased a Chicago Pneumatics 21 gallon compressor and I noticed a tiny dent about 3+ inches from the upper ...