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2010 Cooler Express unit won't cool

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I bought this unit about 16 months ago second-hand, and when I got it, it wouldn't cool. After a bit of diagnosing, I figured out that the relay in it was bad, so I bypassed it, and the compressor would kick in just fine after I modified it with an on/off switch. I used it for a few months flawlessly like this running benchmarks on many different processors. It worked great up until this time last year when my life's circumstances drastically changed, and I had to hang-up the hobby. Since then, it has been stored unused and unplugged for a whole year now collecting dust. It was stored in an outside garage last summer in the heat, and this winter in the cold.

Today, I decided I'll probably never again get back into the hobby, and I was planning on putting it up for sale in the marketplace here, but when I went to plug it in and test it to see if it still worked as I thought it would, I was sorely disappointed. It turns on well, and everything, but if I recall correctly, after turning it on, about ten seconds later, the unit would click, shudder slightly, and it would begin to cool like a boss. Now it's not doing this.

Any suggestions on stuff to try to get it to kick in? I know that these things don't like to sit idle too long. I used to have window unit A/C's that would take a while to kick in after sitting the whole winter, but eventually they did. I let the unit sit running for about 10 minutes, cut it off, let it sit for a few minutes, then cut it on again, and it still never kicked in. I would like to unload this guy, but I want it to be functional first.
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Couple bad bits of news that hopefully won't have come true.
A start capacitor and relay normally kicks on for less than a second. More than that it risks blowing out the internal wiring. It's possible your "mod" has let it do just that.

You definitely need to pickup a new set of electronics for the thing before you have any idea. You could just be cheap and pick up a 3-in-1 starter from ebay that works on many non-rotary compressors.
I'm afraid you may have burned out the start winding.
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Unfortunately after 16 months the warranty is passed but send me a pm and i can repair it for you for the cost of parts and shipping.

Sorry you had issues frown.gif
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