Here's my story... (FYI I live in Houston, Texas) back in May I had an AC guy come out because my main AC unit compressor was not coming on. He tested the factory hard start cap and it tested ok even though it has some leakage. He added some freon and said the compressor was probably on it's way out, but it may be fine for a while. When it didn't come on it was a 75-80 degree day just after raining (so very humid). He said that was the worst condition for the compressor to start and I probably wouldn't have issues over the hot summer.
He was right. It was fine until a few days ago when the compressor wouldn't come on. It turns out the breaker was blowing. I tested the hard start cap and it didn't have enough capacitance. I bought a new one and put it in. The breaker still flipped when I would turn on the breaker (not even start the AC). So then I repalced the breaker. It still flipped. When I disconnected the main wires going into the contactor the breaker didn't flip. So, I replaced the contactor. When I turn on the breaker it now doesn't flip. But when I start the AC it does. So obviously now I would assume my compressor is drawing too much current and is bad.
Do you agree?
Next step, what needs to be replaced and what's a ballpark cost I should expect?
I have a Rheem RAMB-060JBZ. I think it's a 5 ton but google searches don't give me much info.