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Probably not a bad run capacitor since the compressor gets real hot. It also may have a bad run capacitor. Same thing happened to me. It eventually would not come on at all. Shot, unfortunately, so I replaced the whole outside unit. ==Answer 4 == One of 3 problems, you are low on refrigerant, the condenser coil is dirty, or the outdoor fan is not working. The reason it shuts down is the compressor has an overload sensor that is opening and shutting the compressor down. You need to figure out which one of these is happening. No one has mentioned the possibility of a "locked rotor" within the compressor.j3h.

2007-04-04 17:23:56
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