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Details I have a problem with a Goodman Model GSH130601AA, ( 5 Ton, 13 Seer heat pump) central air unit, installed 06/15/2006. (I know, I saw online reviews but unit was put in before I saw negative e

\015 Details\012I have a problem with a Goodman Model GSH130601AA, ( 5 Ton, 13 Seer heat pump) central air unit, installed 06/15/2006. (I know, I saw online reviews but unit was put in before I saw negative experiences other people were having)....\012\012The capacitor is not swollen, (and I know that is not a positive indicator-) and the outside fan on top of unit does not turn, but will start to turn when revolved by hand and continues to do so for 30 min or so, after that feels hot (fan motor felt through cowling).\012Buzzing noise until fan on unit is started by hand.Compressor does not start at all, nor is running/cooling now.\012\012The inside fan on the unit runs fine, and the thermostat seems OK, at least shows inside temp. I can set to a temp, but it will not start unit.\012There was no indicator of trouble until Tuesday, 26 June 2012.It was running fine until then. I was cutting grass, went by unit and noticed it had stopped.\012If it will help with any ideas, the temperature Tuesday was 99 degrees with 84% humility.\012******* any equipment, including people. Any Ideas?\012I just can't afford a large repair bill.\012Thanks in advance\012Jim\015

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The fan motor is bad and needs replaced. Depending on how mechanically inclined you are, you can replace it yourself fairly easy, the hardest part being the fan blade without a hub puller. Just take your old one in with you to a local A/C supply store. The compressor is more than likely kicked off on thermal protection because of the fan motor, happens every time. After the compressor cools back down, the overload kicks back in and the compressor will start. I would also replace the capacitor while I was there, just for preventive maintience because they go out all the time, plus they are cheap. Just make sure you have the full 220v to the unit before diagnosing the problem, and make sure it is completely off when working on it, capacitors hold a charge, just in case you didn't know already. As for the Goodman problem, people never give the full story behind these units. For one, it may say Goodman on the cover, but the motor and compressor are made by the same companies other brands use, just look at the compressor brand, probably a Copeland or a Bristol used in various brands. Two, the reason that there are more negative things said about these units are simple, more units sold, more people have them, there will obviously be more to talk about. Kind of like more money, more problems. Nothing is built like it was 15 to 20 years ago. Goodman keeps their price low by not advertising for the most part. And then you have units like Lennox that are supposed to be good, cost more to buy, and absolutely too expensive when repairing and finding parts. Just so you don't think I'm a Goodman rep or anything, I prefer American Standard equipment over anything else Ha! This is of course all from a service aspect from dealing with this everyday, but still just an opinion. I hope I have helped you and get you to cooler days, and sorry about going on and on, just thought you might like a view from someone on the inside! Have a good one and good luck!

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