I've read I need to discharge the old capacitor completely before removing it to avoid getting zapped if it still has some charge. Seems simple enough however I'm pretty sure there are many here that know more about electrical stuff than I do so I figured I'd better ask what is the safest way to do this and are there are any other precautions I should take? (and yes the cord is unplugged! :yes. BTW, it is a 125vac 200MFD cap if that makes a difference.