rheem pjl heatpump ( the weatherking cube)
came home to a tripped breaker
unit just 11yrs old and well cared for (warranty was 10yrs of course)
got out the equipment
comp windings to ground
fan windings to ground
run cap uf and ground
if anyone tells you in a utube video that a contactor never trips the breaker and it is always a motor…
I have the photos of the old contactor pulled apart to show you the single pole side arc failure.
disconnect the compressor and cap/fan lead.
( all the power out leads from the contactor,
and make sure the fan control wire is pulled, some put that on the bottom full time power side of the contactor.
should only have yellow 24/27v line connected to the contactor) –
then test just the contactor going on (240v at the top)…
My pjl oem contactor had a button and arced right inside the the single pole.
could see the arch
replaced it with a 40a single pole contactor ( since old contactor rated 35a, even though 10g wire from main panel breaker is 30a)