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Old 08-26-2007, 03:24 AM   #29
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I was charged $38 and change for a start capacitor and motor starter.

The motor starter is about 1" square, and about 1/4" thick.

It plugs into the start capacitor, and the combo has only 2 wires.

In my case the motor starter was burnt up.

The most difficult part of removal and replacement is the tight working space on the AC.

However the tech had the whole job done in about 15 minutes.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">I was charged $38 and change for a start capacitor and motor starter. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Was this with the new coach and if so, why wasn't it covered under warranty?
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Coach is at Cummins Bridgeway/Onan having the generator checked out since it tends to shut down on heavy loads. They suspect that hot exhaust air is recirculating back into the generator while sitting still, causing it to shut down. I should know more in the next 4 hours.
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Old 09-05-2007, 04:34 AM   #32
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">quote:
I was charged $38 and change for a start capacitor and motor starter.


Was this with the new coach and if so, why wasn't it covered under warranty? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

I am being reimbursed by Newmar for the entire bill.

Part, labor, and service call to the tune of $123.
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Old 09-06-2007, 11:20 AM   #33
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">How much are these capacitors and do most rv dealers carry them?

What is involved with changing them out? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>


Today, I bought 2 start capacitors with motor starters for $17 and change a piece at Bill's Appliance service in Elkhart.
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Onan could not get the genset to fail (shut down) while running 2 ACs and other electric appliances (44+ amps) in 80+ degree weather. I suspect that previous shut downs have more to do with airflow, ambient temps and humidity while parked. They suggested popping the access hood while parked on hot / humid days. Onan has seen this problem several times and is usually caused by the genset being too close to the ground while parked.
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Old 09-07-2007, 06:26 AM   #35
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Dirk,

I hate to be stupid, but these capacitors, are they located on the roof? If so are all a/c
units having these problems? And are there
different start capacitors?

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Out of all the MH's I have had I have never had a problem with the capacitors. You might say well you are not in the heat of the south thats true but have made three trips to irv2 rallys past three years and have used many times up here past two summers. I have a surge protector but so do others that have had problems also. Maybe its just a bad bunch of cap's.
Your in FL. so you must use alot and if you have had no problems in 6 years I would say your ok. The cap is in the AC housing on roof your manual may show you where.
Its your compressor start capacitor.
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so if the a/c unit shuts down how does one know it is the capacitor?

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There seems to have been a rash of start capacitor failures on 2006 Dometic units.

In my case it was actually a small device attached to the start capacitor called a motor starter.

When a failure occurs, you can hear the compressor try to start for about 1 or 2 seconds every minute or 2.

This capacitor/motor starter is for the compressor, not the fan.

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Thats what I have been looking for. Your the man who should know you carry spares.
Are they rated high enough for the starting current.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Are they rated high enough for the starting current. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

The new parts are from a different manufacturer than the OEM, and so far, so good.
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It's not so much the price its the fun you have climbing up on the roof to change them.
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