Quote Originally Posted by timebuilder View Post
The ressssst....of the story is this:

You use that voltage AND a current reading to calculate a value that tells you if the capacitor can supply the correct value of microfarads while under its normal load.

Any chance i could get a solid formula on this? Ide like to mess around with this.
mfd = amps x 2653 / volts

Another reason to check the voltage is to see whether the capacitor's voltage rating is being exceeded. If it is, then this could indicate one of several issues that need to be addressed. It would mean that either the voltage rating of the cap is too low for the application, the motor is severely underloaded, the motor is oversized, the capacitor mfd rating is too high for the application, or the incoming line voltage is too high. Any of these conditions will lead to premature capacitor failure and can also lead to motor failure.