I'm a complete noob with regards to HVAC. I'm also unemployed and struggling to pay bills so I can't affors to call a repairman.
I've been researching and troubleshooting all day. I'm in Texas and it's hot here! My A/C stopped cooling last night. It just blew warm air. I turned it off, opened the window and just tried to deal with the heat.
Today I started trying to decide what to do and then took a procative approach and decided to get educated in a hurry. It's didn't take long, using sites like this one, to figure out that I had a bad capacitor. It was bulging at the seam. By this time there is no way to get another capacitor today.
Luckily for me, my dad can't resist buying something for a good price even when he has no immeadiate use for whatever he bought. He just so happened to have two complete Train A/C units in a storage trailer. Yeah!
I went to rob a capacitor from one of the units. Both of them used a 65uf 440 vac dual capacitor. The problem is that the faulty capacitor from my A/C unit used a 45uf 370 vac dual capacitor.
It was so hot in the house and I couldn't stand it any longer, so I tried the larger capacitor. When turned the power back on an tried the A/C, the compressor kicked in ran instantly. The A/C is working and cooling the house now. It's been on now for less than an hour. My fear is that the larger capacitor will burn up my compressor.
Can someone tell me if I'm about to cost myself way more money? Should I turn it off and get the smaller capacitor? Will it make it throught the night until I can get another capacitor?
Thanks for any help,