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Old 10-18-2009, 11:15 AM
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I have a Heil combination hvac unit, gas heat/ac. Mod#npgaa60e1k6.I removed the access panel to service for heating and found what seemed to be 1/8 deep clear liquid on the bottom floor sheet metal below the pilot/heat exchanger. The surface is about 2 ftx6in. When I touched it, it was clear liquid goo, not water, 1/8 in deep covering the surface floor in front of the heat exchanger. It is so sticky it takes mineral spirits to remove from my fingers. There is a dual run capacitor to the left , round plastic aeromet II , part # m26p4460w10. It is mounted contacts down, and some of the goo seems to be on the drip loop of the wires that connect to it. Is this the source of the goo and indicating a capacitor failure? It seems like a very large volume of liquid for a 3in by 8in cylinder. The heat works fine seemingly, so I am wondering what the cap controls. Since it is dual and 440v, I am guessing both the compressor and the condenser fan, Except there was no a/c failure when last used a month ago.I assume the blower motor has its own separate capacitor. If you think this capacitor is the source of the goo, can you suggest a source for replacement. Also, is the goo caustic, so that it needs to be removed from the floor and wire insullation?

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Old 11-07-2009, 09:42 AM
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So I posted a thread 3 weeks ago with a reasonable problem and question. 129 hits later not one thought or reply of any type! Is there a moderator with a least basic skills? Even I have thoughts about the issue, I just need help. This is a repair help forum not a blog chat room for reading pleasure. Close the forum or run it properly. As it is, it functions as an unnecessary delay for those that actual need help and hope to get it. Thanks for nothing.
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Capacitors will rupture and leak. Replace the cap.
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Right. Thanks for the reply. And other things can happen that mimick a leaking cap. That's the purpose of the question and why a forum can be helpful if run properly, which this one is not! Did you notice the huge volume of liquid I mentioned? Doesn't that seem like more than would be contained in a round cap that showed no obvious signs of leak, which is why I posed the question in the first place? Replace a part without regard to the lack of logic in the situation is your advice? No thank you, but at least you had something to say.
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I worked on a furnace not long ago that had water all over the heater. The drain was stopped up on the ac and water was leaking into the draft inducer and blower housing. After about 3 hours of drying out the furnace and clearing the leak I had it back up and running. That was the first thing I thought of when I read this post.

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I am assuming this unit is a gas pack, I ain't got no way to look it up or the inclination to. That capacitor should weigh nothing if all the fluid leaked out of it.

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I am assuming this unit is a gas pack, I ain't got no way to look it up or the inclination to. That capacitor should weigh nothing if all the fluid leaked out of it.
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Just curious were you working on the heat? or just maybe oiling the motors when you found the leak?
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Yes this is a gas pack, and I provided the model # at the first post.
Yes, you are correct, I was working on the heat routinely when I found the large volume of liquid on the floor of the heater in front of the exchanger. I had not had any problem with the A/C up to this point, but it hadn't been used for about 3 weeks. By the way, this unit has a closed drain and p trap on the front for evaporator water, and I did put water in it to see if it drained, and it drains fine.
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did you figure out what the stuff was?
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