AC Condenser fan motor on the blink ...


Old 07-05-14, 02:45 PM
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AC Condenser fan motor on the blink ...

I'm questioning my logic - I have concluded the fan motor on the outside condenser unit is failing. The system will come on normally, but after a while the motor will start making a noise (loud buzzing) as if in a bind and will then stop. The motor is physically hot to the touch, but if I let it sit for 30-60 minutes I can start it back up; Sometimes I will have to spin the blades to get it to start.

I know this usually means the cap is bad, but it measures 4.8 ufd which I believe is in tolerance (please correct me if this is wrong). However I also noticed that when running the motor has a vibration that can be seen on the entire unit. I pulled the motor and found the fan blade assembly has some movement apart from the hub assembly (with the set-screw). Is this normal, or could this be the root cause of the problem? And could the motor be bad anyway?

System info:
Coleman Evcon Condenser M/N BRCQ0361CB
Condenser fan motor P/N 024-26020-000
1/4 HP, 208/230V, 1.4A, Enclosed, Air over,
Starting Cap 5ufd 370VAC
Fan blade P/N 026-34092-000
18", 3-Blade

Please advise as I do not want to order parts that I don't need. Thanks!
- Dack
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Old 07-05-14, 02:53 PM
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I agree with your diagnosis. You need a new motor.

If the blade slips on the hub it requires replacement as well.
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Thanks for the second opinion (and quick response!) ... Hopefully I'll get the parts in before the temps start to climb next week.

Thanks again!
- Dack

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