Outside fan doesnt work, until turned slightly

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Old 07-26-14, 09:49 PM
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Outside fan doesnt work, until turned slightly

Our AC stopped working today. The in-house unit seems to be working, but the external fan does not work. When I went close to the external unit, it was trying to rotate, but hardly could and it was heating up quickly. I took a stick and slightly rotated the fan and it started rotating and the AC seemed to work fine ...temporarily.

But this problem occurs every time the temperature rises above the set thermostat setting. What could be the problem?

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Old 07-26-14, 10:12 PM
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Does the fan spin easily when you turn off the stat?

You probably only need to replace your fan motor Run capacitor.
 
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I did not understand your question about the fan....sorry I am a complete rookie.
Does the fan spin without the thermostat ON? Also, how do I figure out what (specification) capacitor do I get?
 
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Old 07-26-14, 10:58 PM
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To help determine if this is a problem with motor bearings or a capacitor you can turn off the stat and see if the blade spins easily with a stick.

The fan motor should display the correct capacitor size it requires.

The capacitor should also display its microfarad (Mfd or uF) and voltage.

Many units use a dual capacitor that serves the compressor and the fan motor.
Match both values and write down the color = terminal connections if you decide to replace the cap.
 
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