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What Is the Cost of a Capacitor on Condenser Air Condition?

If an outside air conditioner condenser unit is not functioning correctly, the problem could be a bad capacitor. In most cases, a capacitor can be inexpensively replaced by a repair technician.

Types

A typical air conditioning condenser unit has two types of capacitors. One of those, the run capacitor, helps maintain a constant voltage supply to the motors that run a compressor and fans. The second type is a start capacitor, which is a device that gives a voltage boost to the unit's motor.

Problems

If an air conditioning condenser is having trouble starting, including any of the motors that run inside the unit, replacing the start capacitor may solve the problem. If the motor is noisy or overheating, it could be a sign of a faulty run capacitor. As of 2010, replacing a defective run capacitor costs an estimated $123 to $164, and replacing a faulty start capacitor costs between $132 and $176, according to AllAboutHome.com.

Testing

To test if a capacitor is working properly, a service technician uses a multimeter, an instrument that measures voltage and resistance.

About the Author

Erik Arvidson has 12 years of professional writing experience, including six years as a senior reporter at the Massachusetts Statehouse for several suburban dailies, and most recently as PR Manager of a telecommunications company near Boston. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English/communications from North Adams State College.