What do the numbers on a run capacitor mean?
The higher the voltage rating on your capacitor (or other electrical item) the faster the electrical current moves. The second rating is the microfarad (MFD) rating. A microfarad is a term to describe a capacitor’s level of capacity. That means the higher the microfarad rating, the more electrical current it can store.
Can I use a lower MFD start capacitor?
Under sized (smaller than needed microfarad) will result in longer starting times, and if excessively undersized no starting. Larger than needed microfarad values will not cause much of any problems (especially for a start capacitor). A larger than needed run capacitor will not have any real affect.
What are the signs of a bad start capacitor?
The 7 Most Common Bad AC Capacitor Symptoms
- AC Not Blowing Cold Air. An air conditioner that doesn’t blow cold air is one of the first signs of a problem many homeowners notice.
- High and Rising Energy Bills.
- Humming Noise.
- Old HVAC System.
- AC Turns Off On Its Own.
- AC Doesn’t Turn On Immediately.
- AC Won’t Turn On.
What does the 40 70 21 Mean on a capacitor?
Climatic Category. 40/70/21 or 40/85/21. Capacitance Tolerance. ±5 %, ±10 %, ±15% Voltage.
What size capacitor do I need for a 1/2 hp motor?
|Small Motor Capacitor “Ballpark” Sizes Based on Motor Horsepower|
|Motor Horsepower 2||Start Capacitor µF / Voltage||Run Capacitor|
|1/2 Hp or 0.37 KW, 120-150 VAC||320-400 µF||10 µF 370VAC|
|1 Hp or 0.75 KW, 120-150 VAC||500-580 µF||10-15 µF 370VAC|
|2 Hp or 1.5 KW, 200-250VAC||500-580 µF||10-15 µF 370VAC|
Can I replace capacitor with lower capacitance?
Yes, it’s safe. The only rating that matters for safety is the rated voltage: if you put a higher voltage than the maximum you might see your cap explode.