The condenser fan in your outdoor air conditioning unit relies on an electric motor to spin. If the fan stops spinning, makes loud noises, or both, you need to fix it or the motor fast. One or both parts could be on the way out. Learn more about the fan motor assembly and how to troubleshoot and repair it below.
What Should You Know About the Fan and Motor?
The condenser fan and motor your outdoor unit release hot air out of the system. However, the fan and motor must work properly to do so. If the fan stops spinning or the motor stops generating electricity, heat will build up and severely damage the parts inside the outdoor unit.
You can check the fan to see if you can get it to spin again. First, switch off your cooling system at the outdoor power box or indoor thermostat. Next, use a long stick or the end of a broom handle to gently nudge the fan blades. If the blades move freely or spin without any problems, turn back on your cooling system and wait for it to kick on. The fan should start back up without any problems.
If the fan doesn't spin, the motor could be the reason why. Call an AC repair company today.
How Do You Fix the Fan and Motor?
An AC technician or company will need to test the condenser fan and motor before they can determine where the problem lies. If the fan's blades cracked under pressure or corroded from moisture, a technician or company may replace the entire fan. Sealing or cleaning the blades might not keep it from breaking down in the future.
If the fan looks and behaves fine, a technician or company will test the electrical output of the motor. If the motor doesn't put out any type of electrical power or energy, a technician or AC company will replace the device. It may be necessary to replace the fan as well, especially if both parts are old or severely rusted. Otherwise, your air conditioning system could overheat and fail sometime in the future.
A technician or company may go ahead and evaluate the rest of your cooling unit during the repairs. A damaged condenser fan or motor could cause issues with the coil and compressor inside the unit. If the compressor fails, the entire system is at risk as well.
Don't hesitate to contact an HVAC contractor or company about your condenser fan and motor today.
For more information, reach out to an air conditioning repair service in your area.