Help me settle an argument... (a friendly one, lol) Anyway. When you're looking at the start/run caps in a condenser in general- if you check them and they're 1. in good physical condition/connections ok/etc and 2. read pretty much spot on at the uF rating, or even slightly better, is it pretty much safe to assume they're ok?
I had a condenser the other day with a bad blower motor- long story short- I replaced the motor and all is well- but it looks like in the recent past, another tech put a hard-start in to correct what was apparently not an issue. This is a newer unit which had a combo-cap (you know, both the start and run cap in one) but both read pretty much right on as far as uF ratings.
I removed the hard start, mainly because it was in my mind at least redundant, and also to get one back into stock since we don't have much in stock anyway, and being an apartment complex, they never want to buy much to keep around (lol)... A fellow tech said that it was a dumb move, and it will probably fail again. Well we're in a heat wave now, and so far the unit is running like a champ but back to the fundamental question: Is it safe to assume a cap is ok if it physically looks good, tests out at proper ratings, and of course, the unit is working with it?