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Rheem raka-024ja external fuse/breaker keeps tripping

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rheem raka-024ja external fuse/breaker keeps tripping
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: HVAC
Expert:  airheatman replied 8 months ago.

Most likely an issue with compressor or capacitor. Do you have a meter that reads uf(microfarads) so we can check capacitor?

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
I actually do not have a meter. The outside unit was not working and I checked 'under the hood' and thought it may be the capacitor. I checked the low voltage wiring, turned all breakers and rewired the voltage and it worked until later today.
Expert:  airheatman replied 8 months ago.

The only way to really eliminate capacitor being issue is to find out it's condition. Does it look puffy swollen or oil at all?http://i.imgur.com/xwlfLe8.png

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
No, clean and no oil or swollen/puffy
Expert:  airheatman replied 8 months ago.

How about the three compressor wires .at contactor, at capacitor and where they connect to compressor.Any burned marks?

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
No burns at the capacitor or any where else.
Expert:  airheatman replied 8 months ago.

I think my first step would be to get a meter that reads capacitance or take capacitor and have it checked. Otherwise start b replacing capacitor as cost about 15 bucks.

Expert:  airheatman replied 8 months ago.

If you have further questions, please let me know.

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