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 Posted: Mon Jan 14th, 2008 04:27 pm
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Samurai Appliance Repair Man

Joined: Mon Mar 21st, 2005
Location: Otterville, New Hampshire USA
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Assuming the typical running amps for a normally-operating compressor of this size to be about 1.7 amps (typical), then an observed running current of 2.5 amps, while still not seeming like a lot of current compared to locked rotor current, represents a 47% increase in operating current draw! This is a big jump and indicates a serious degradation of the compressor motor. I'll bet if you put a megger on it, you'd find a high resistance current path from the motor windings to ground which would account for the extra current draw (and subsequent leakage to ground).

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