I'll try to be brief and give as much info to our 'situation' as possible. We have a american standard home air conditioner, unit model #2A6B0036A1000AB, not sure how many tons it is, that is 8 years old.
Yesterday the air was on blowing hot air and the fan blades outside were not spinning. A friend said to take a wooden spoon or stick and to spin the blades to see if they start, well they did. He said it was probably the capacitor, so I took the old one out (after watching a youtube vid on how to) and went to a HVAC store and got one for $$$. I put it in and it worked and was working (cycling on and off normally) for the rest of the day/evening, about 18 hours. I was pretty proud being as It was my first.
We woke up this morning and the thermostat was on the 76 degree mark (where I keep it) and the snow flake indicated the ac was working fine...but the room temp seemed warm, so outside I went only to see the fan not spinning. I took the stick and tried to 'kick start' it but nothing. I went to turn the breaker off at the main home box, and the AC breaker was in the middle.
I had my wife stand by the thermostat after I put the AC breaker to on and went outside by the unit to see what happened when she turned it to cool (turning the AC on) Well I could hear the 'thud' of a breaker being flipped...and, sure enough it was in the middle again. After a rinse and repeat it did the same thing.
We called our church and got an older 13k window unit that was not being used until we can figure out how to avoid high $$$$$ weekend service calls or even 'unnecessary $$$$$$ work and or parts replaced'.....meaning I would like to throw this out there and get some opinions/advice as to what it may or may not be. Having as much knowledge before a tech comes out (if needed) would make me feel better. So here I am. I hope this is enough detail, if not, please ask what else is needed
Thank you in advance,