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    Capacitor organizing ideas needed

    We have five techs stocking their vans from our small service area in the shop. We have been going back and forth on how to organize our capacitor shelf. We are moving into a new space in a month or so with all new shelving. With this opportunity to start fresh, I would like to see what everyone else has been doing to get some ideas. Thanks!

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    Stock 440V caps and you really won't have to stock 370V. Stock all that you regularly use and some Turbos.
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    If you wan to stock caps I would only stock single value caps in the 440 range and use turbos for the rest. I have went away for caps except turbos and will put in a used one as a temp if a warranty one is needed. I got tired of carrying 25+ caps and still not have the right one.

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    Turbos are great in many ways. Storage seems to be an issue here and it may solve that problem. They are expensive but that may be offset some by having to stock less but end cost to customer is still more. I see a lot that are borderline weak out of the box. They aren't supposed to be mounted upside down which is inconvenient especially in many Lennox applications. They also leak when mounted on their sides which may be an issue in many Carrier and Rheem units among others I am sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pageyjim View Post
    Turbos are great in many ways. Storage seems to be an issue here and it may solve that problem. They are expensive but that may be offset some by having to stock less but end cost to customer is still more. I see a lot that are borderline weak out of the box. They aren't supposed to be mounted upside down which is inconvenient especially in many Lennox applications. They also leak when mounted on their sides which may be an issue in many Carrier and Rheem units among others I am sure.
    I have not had the issue you are mentioning with them but do know they want you to mount them terminals up. I have mounted many in Trane units on their side and not had any fail under warranty. The biggest problem I have with the is in units like the Rheem cube where it slides in the hole, they don't seem to fit which means either a bigger hole or different mount location, both a pain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BNME8EZ View Post
    I have not had the issue you are mentioning with them but do know they want you to mount them terminals up. I have mounted many in Trane units on their side and not had any fail under warranty. The biggest problem I have with the is in units like the Rheem cube where it slides in the hole, they don't seem to fit which means either a bigger hole or different mount location, both a pain.
    I'm basically retired so my experience is a few years old so hopefully they have addressed what I experienced. I liked having some of the Rheem caps because they fit so nice and were 3uf many times. And I knew they would be used. Heil had some similar as I remember. Round ones that slid into the unit with very little space.
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    We stock the xx/5 caps in various values...
    Otherwise, use a Turbo.

    We also stock 5, 7.5, 10 for blowers...
    Otherwise, use the small Turbo.

    And of course, keep one of the extra large Turbo's on your van!
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    caps are a huge necessity , so I carry a shit ton of them

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snapperhead View Post
    caps are a huge necessity , so I carry a shit ton of them
    Agreed, I just got tired of carrying a Sh*t ton and still not having the correct one most of the time.

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    I stock a bunch of run caps.Oval single,oval dual,round single,round dual.For several decades now,I have always had the correct run cap. I store my caps in evap/cond motor boxes. The boxes fit nice and neat on my shelves. I also stock a BUNCH of start caps.

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    I have 25-30 capacitors on my van at any given time. From 5mfd to 80/5mfd.

    Most of the time I use a small majority (5,7.5,10, 30/5 35/5 40/5) of them

    Our parts nazi organizes them in chronological order starts at 5 and goes up from there

    Not to hijack the thread but how do the turbo caps compare to the titan hd pros?

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    Thank you for the suggestions! We currently stock all 440v caps from 3 all the way to 80 singles and duels. The van inventory is pretty much the same too, consuming and entire shelf. Our biggest issue right now is organizing all these on the new service shelves in the shop. I've searched high and low for anything to place the caps into for organizing on a shelf. Right now we're using cardboard boxs with dividers which works OK at best. This quickly turns in a huge mess when we get a heat wave. Keeping track of everything goes to hell and we end up ordering way too many which makes it worse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by monkeybutt View Post
    Thank you for the suggestions! We currently stock all 440v caps from 3 all the way to 80 singles and duels. The van inventory is pretty much the same too, consuming and entire shelf. Our biggest issue right now is organizing all these on the new service shelves in the shop. I've searched high and low for anything to place the caps into for organizing on a shelf. Right now we're using cardboard boxs with dividers which works OK at best. This quickly turns in a huge mess when we get a heat wave. Keeping track of everything goes to hell and we end up ordering way too many which makes it worse.

    How about something like this in the link below? I have seen them in a shallower version but can't find them now.


    https://www.logiquip.com/shop/shelf-bin-cat-33-228gr/
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