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Old 08-23-2014, 11:39 AM   #1
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Slow starting A/C

I have a 15K ac that is about 3 years old. It is getting slower to start each time I go camping. Yesterday I turned it on for the first time in weeks. It took somewhere between 5 and 10 minutes to start. I finally turned the fan on and about a minute later the compressor came on. Does anyone have a clue to what may be happening?
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Old 08-23-2014, 12:36 PM   #2
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Low voltage can cause slow starting motors, so I would first check all the electrical connections for loose or corrosion. Lubrication?
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Are you say it is slow (laboring) to start, or the time delay between switching it on and the fan/compressor starting is lengthening over time....to 5 - 10 minutes. A delay is normal, at about 2 minutes.
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I would suspect the thermostat. I would also check the voltage to rule that out. It should be 110V or above. Does it cycle normally after it starts? It could have a weak capacitor that gets better when it is hot. Also putting an amp probe on it to measure the current would also be useful. Too much current means a problem.

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