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tractng 03-29-2010 12:39 PM

Wiring near AC condenser unit
 
Hello,

I was cleaning up the backyard late last night :) and found two white cables disconnected from each other.

I tried touching them with my hand but didn't get shock or anything. I connected each other but nothing happened (AC or heat wasn't on). Is the red cable near by a hot cable?

The wires go to a blue filter device (UDK-053s). It seems like a dried clean filter of some sort.

Is it required? If so, does it need to be protected from water, etc.. I have a new HVAC unit about 2 years ago and it looks like this device came from the one I just recently replaced.

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d5...tng/filter.jpg

Thanks,
tractng

kok328 03-29-2010 03:07 PM

Looks like whoever installed the new unit ran new coil wires to the condensor contactor and just left the old one intact.

Cork-Guy 03-29-2010 06:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kok328 (Post 42976)
Looks like whoever installed the new unit ran new coil wires to the condensor contactor and just left the old one intact.

I'd have to agree; just cap them off and seal it with some electrical tape.

tractng 03-30-2010 02:53 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Cork-Guy (Post 42979)
I'd have to agree; just cap them off and seal it with some electrical tape.


No need to reconnect? Just making sure.

tractng

kok328 03-30-2010 07:29 AM

If I'm seeing the picture correctly there is an identical wire going past the filter and this is the one that is controlling the condensor unit. To be sure you can put a volt meter between the red & white wire and turn on the A/C (or heat if this is a heat pump unit) and see if you get 24 Volts, or if the A/C (heat) comes on then you'll know that these wires aren't controlling anything. Most likely the other end of these wires aren't connected to anything either.

tractng 03-31-2010 12:53 PM

Problem solved. I did not have a 24 volt tester (had 110/220). Careful inspection, the wires are not connected to the blue filter device.

I turned on the AC and the condenser fan wasn't running :). I turned the main switch off and reconnect it with new caps and electrical tape.

The condenser fan started to spin. For a wire that important, I am surprised it was left exposed like that. This time, I wrapped it up with electrical take to the coil and placed a pot there so the dog wouldn't have access.

tractng

kok328 03-31-2010 04:22 PM

Good deal. From the pic it looked like the old wires and new ones were ran along with the filter line. Weird that they were disconnected, that means you haven't had A/C for the last 2 years.


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