Capacitors by Treat’s Heating & Cooling 

A capacitor is an electrical component that helps alternate a systems flow if electricity.  If a capacitor starts to fail it will likely cause your system to malfunction and can be repaired by a professional at Treat’s Heating & Cooling.

 There are two types of capacitors in your equipment:

  • Run capacitor
  • Start capacitor

Both capacitors help with the flow of electricity but have different tasks.  A start capacitor helps to provide the energy that a motor needs to start up by storing energy and then releasing it to the motor upon start up.  A run capacitor regulates the flow of electricity to the motor making sure the motor isn’t affected by the electrical surges.

Signs indicating you may have a bad capacitor:

Blower fan stops working: if you notice the blower motor in your fan isn’t turning on, this could be a good indicator it could be a problem with the blower motor,

Bad smell:  if you start to smell burning, this could mean the wires in the capacitor have frayed or corroded and once they melt, this can cause the burning odor.

Clicking sound: failing capacitors will sometimes click when your furnace starts up.

Any electrical problems should be diagnosed by a trained technician.  Call Treat’s Heating & Cooling at 360.825.0800 for an appointment.  We have been in the industry for over 40 years!

The Enumclaw, WA capacitor experts at Treat’s Heating & Cooling offer high quality installation, repair, maintenance, and other heating and air conditioning services throughout Western Washington including Enumclaw, Buckley, Bonney Lake, Sumner, Puyallup, Tacoma, Auburn, Black Diamond, Covington, Maple Valley, Federal Way, Kent, & Seattle WA.