AC fan outside only runs with a push


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Old 05-16-09, 10:49 AM
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AC fan outside only runs with a push

Hello,

We have been running the AC the last few weeks with no problem.

Yesterday after a few mins of the AC running the air didn't seem to be as cool as normal. I looked at the outside unit and the fan wasn't running so I quickly shut it off.

Today I decided to try and see if the fan would spin with help. I turned the unit, went outside, and put a small stick through the top grill a pushed the fan... Whala!! The fan started to move and then spun like normal.

When it kicked off I set it to come back on, and it again needed a little push to get started.

My gut says it's the fan motor. I don't know a lot about AC units so I'm just guessing. I have changed motors twice in my life and I know that at least is easy.

Any suggestions on what could be causing this?

Thanks
 
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Old 05-16-09, 10:55 AM
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The capacitor....follow the wires from the motor to the round or oval can and look for leaks or bulging. Turn off the power, short across the leads with a screwdriver, make a drawing of the wires, and take the old cap out. Go to an HVAC dealer/supply house and get a replacement.
 
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Old 05-16-09, 04:21 PM
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Grainger Industrial Supply should be around you and welcomes DIYers for that cap
 
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I have that diagram laying around somewhere already. When I moved here eight years ago my dad said the capacitor needed replaced. He told me what to do and how to do it one weekend. From what I remember it was an easy fix.

Thank you both, I do appreciate the help.
 
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Grainger Industrial Supply should be around you and welcomes DIYers for that cap
Granger is a wholesaler and do not cater to consumers.
 
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Old 05-18-09, 06:05 AM
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flirty...that used to be true..and may still be at your store, but several people have posted that in this economy they are happy to sell to anyone.

Someone even had a link to somewhere on the Grainger website saying everyone was welcome.

Most supply companies will sell small items to anyone, even if they normally deal with Pro's only.
 
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My Grainger store has always welcomed my DIY business. I sure like their catalog.
 
 

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