Had an 11 year old Carrier Puron System.
It would go out annually for the last 5 years - Friday night on start of 3 day holiday weekend. Either Memorial Day, July 4th or Labor Day. I would dread upcoming holidays.
2 or 3 times was Capacitor. Purchased 2 spare so that if course never happened again.
I want to say variable motor went out in 2014 but was covered by 10 year parts warranty.
Original unit finally died Labor Day weekend 2017. Multiple repair companies came out. All agreed entire system needed replacing saying it was 2004 unit. Said the compressor was shot. Quotes ran $7k - $9k.
Had a private individual replace the compressor (which no one else wanted to do). All the others said it wasn’t cost effective.
Now has run 4 years without a hiccup.
Learned a valuable lesson.