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  1. #1
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    The condensate pump started making loud noise, and it died later that day. I replaced it with a new pump, but now it seems as if the outdoor unit is dead. I get air blowing from the furnace, but it is not cold at all. There is a slight humming coming from the outdoor unit, and I got it to start up once after messing with it and the fuses, but it was going slow, making strange noise, and then it quit again. It is still humming, and seems like it's trying to start. Could this be a blown capacitor, or maybe the contactor? What do you guys think? Thanks

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    It could be.

    No way for me to know for sure from here.

    Call a contractor, and also have a full service done to it.

    Also, turn off the breaker to the outdoor unit, don't want to do anymore harm to it.
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  3. #3
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    Was there a safety switch on the old pump? If so, those wires need to be hooked back up to the switch on the new pump.

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    Originally posted by BaldLoonie
    Was there a safety switch on the old pump? If so, those wires need to be hooked back up to the switch on the new pump.
    I was going to ask that at first, but then I reread his post, the safety switch not being rewired in wouldn't let the condenser run at all, let alone run slow.


    Oooops.
    Unless of course he pushed the contactor in maually.
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  5. #5
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    The old pump didn't have the safety switch wired, and I did not push the contactor in manually. After I had it off for a while with the breaker cut, I then turned it on and it still wasn't running, so I removed the fused disconnect and pushed it in again to make sure it was tight, and the fan on the outdoor unit started.

    It quit after a couple minutes though, and just buzzed. The fan spins freely, so that's why I think it might be a blown capacitor or the contactor. The woman of the house scheduled a tech to come out, but they were all busy, so it will be a couple days, and it's 85 and humid in my house, so I'd like to get it to at least run myself in the meantime. Thanks guys

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    Good work.
    Another DIY breaks his equipment!
    How tall are you Private???!!!!

  7. #7
    This is not a DIY site. The below post is the best advice, and you should take it!

    Originally posted by beenthere
    It could be.

    No way for me to know for sure from here.

    Call a contractor, and also have a full service done to it.

    Also, turn off the breaker to the outdoor unit, don't want to do anymore harm to it.

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    Do not push in the contactor,
    wait for the tech.

    I think baldi was trying to remind him to wire the switch, if the old pump had a safty.

    If the new pump has one, have the tech wire it up.
    If you try to fail, and succeed.
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    Yellow Dot, I didn't break my equipment. I am trying to fix it after it broke. I realize you may not like people working on their own stuff, because you feel like it is eating into your business, but I know how to hook up the low voltage wiring correctly and I do a better job than the last professionals that worked on it. This stuff I'm doing myself is simple stuff that I know how to do. Thanks anyway

  10. #10
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    turn breaker of and then back on and replace your fuses
    if the fuses are weak or breaker is partly tripped may cause this
    if that dont work then you will have to wait for the tech to get there
    in the mean time go to home depot and pict up a couple window shakers to get you through
    i do this for a living and have a window unit just in case
    dont understand why people suffer when the units are cheap enough

  11. #11
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    Thanks tinknocker. I hope to have a tech out tomorrow. I've tested and reset the breaker several times, and have tried two different sets of brand new fuses, so I don't think that's it.

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    Originally posted by dresden
    Yellow Dot, I didn't break my equipment. I am trying to fix it after it broke. I realize you may not like people working on their own stuff, because you feel like it is eating into your business, but I know how to hook up the low voltage wiring correctly and I do a better job than the last professionals that worked on it. This stuff I'm doing myself is simple stuff that I know how to do. Thanks anyway
    Something you said earlier really pisses me….


    Regardless of your expertise this is still NOT a DIY site. Another thing… we have enough on our business plates during this season to not worry about if this is cutting into our business. Let’s get real here.

    You say you didn't break it but it stopped working after you worked on it. Since it is so simple then why are you coming to us to get your system running? Wait… Because it is free!

    Sorry… I don’t mean to be a butthead about this but we hear it here and all day at work. Most of these guys have 30 or more years hearing the same old thing. So cut us a little slack... thanks.



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    well said

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