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Experience:  Furnace, A/C and heat pump specialist.
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The central air thermostat in the House is showing

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Hello, the central air thermostat in the House is showing that the air-conditioning is on, but the outside unit is not running or kicking on?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: HVAC
Expert:  airheatman replied 1 year ago.
Is indoor unit running? And do you have a meter for troubleshooting?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
On the furnace the fan is set on-and it is running. But the outside unit is not running, and I do not have a meter
Expert:  airheatman replied 1 year ago.
PUT thermostat to COOL and Fan Auto and tell me if fan still runs inside.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Yes the fans still runs on auto setting
Expert:  airheatman replied 1 year ago.
OK now we are limited to what we can check without a meter.You can pick up an inexpensive one if you would like at Walmart. Lets check some visual things first. Look in your drain pipe coming from the evaporator and see if there is a float switch with 2 wires connected. If so, lift the switch out of the drain pipe and see if outdoor unit comes on.We will go from here.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
OK I will give it a try
Expert:  airheatman replied 1 year ago.
Standing by
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I located the drain pipe that comes out from the evaporator and did not see a float switch with two wires? The bottom drainpipe did have some standing water in it and I blew it out which was somewhat moldy. The outside unit still is not on. The unit is a Bryant furnace that was installed in 2001-not sure if that helps
Expert:  airheatman replied 1 year ago.
OK can you open the outdoor unit and look at a couple of things?
1. See if capacitor looks swollen or puffy:
http://i.imgur.com/xwlfLe8.png
2, See if plunger on contators id pulled in?
http://i.imgur.com/A3u2gLb.png
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
got it ..i will go look
Expert:  airheatman replied 1 year ago.
I will stand by
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Hello, I will pick this back up in the morning and take a look at the unit outside-how do I resume communication tomorrow?-Thank you
Expert:  airheatman replied 1 year ago.
JUst sign in and come back to question when ready.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thanks
Expert:  airheatman replied 1 year ago.
Look forward to solving this with you
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Absolutely, long day and talk tomorrow
Expert:  airheatman replied 1 year ago.
Sounds good