When talking about electrical current, AC stands for "alternating current" and DC stands for "direct current." Alternating current is the type of current that comes from a power plant and outlet, in which the current cha... More » Science Physics Electricity

Alternating current, or AC, power is a type of electrical current that alternates between a positive and negative charge and flow. AC power differs from the other main type of current, DC, which is a direct current that ... More » Home & Garden Home Maintenance Electrical

An air conditioning system has several capacitors that provide the power boost required to start an electric motor or compressor. With a failed capacitor, the motor starts to run but fails, and the unit makes a loud humm... More » Home & Garden Heating & Cooling
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