Outside condenser fan runs when upside down

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Old 06-07-15, 11:07 PM
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Outside condenser fan runs when upside down

Hi, did alot of looking around, couldnt find anyone that tried what i did..

So heres my story. the unit tripped the breaker when no one was home on one of the first hot days.. So after i realized why the unit wasnt turning on.. the breaker.. i turned it back on waited there for a few mins and everything was fine. about 15-30 mins later, went back outside to hear a loud buzzing sound and the fan had stopped, but everything inside is working fine, nice cold air flowing... so i turned the unit off by the breaker, back on, and the fan wouldnt move. i tried manually moving it, and it freely moves untill it hits a certain spot and its kinda hard to move, but still moves with a little force, not much, but as it spins a full rotation or two or three, it gets stuck on the same spot again. left it alone thinking maybe was to hot for it tried last night, worked for 20-30 mins again, and same problem, today it was so hot i decided to take it apart wd-40 the hell out of the fan shaft and hope for more luck, while it was upside down i tested it.. worked yay. placed it back on top of the unit the right way, didnt work, turned upside down again worked... realized theres a 1/8 inch if that of play going up and down, and only when down (in towards the motor) does it spin...so... i tried this... picture included, how bad is this for the system? and if it does over heat does it have a fail safe, or will it cause damage? i hope i can get away with this for now..... i do know and understand that its working maybe 1/10th of its ability, but looking inside i can tell theres plenty of air movement and i can feel the heat being pushed out of the side of the unit.. so if i were to build a sheet metal housing around it so it draws air better, would that help?
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Old 06-08-15, 12:25 AM
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Welcome to the forums.

You aren't serious..... are you ?
Is that bad for the system.... YES.

It will run for a little while like that until the compressor seizes from being run continuously hot.

The motor is bad.... replace it.
 
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Old 06-08-15, 01:56 PM
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new to cali, dont like the 100 degree weather already lol.

so instead of the $300 manufacturer replacement part, could i get a motor with different hp as long as its same amps and volts?
 
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Nope, you need to get the same HP and 1140 RPM. Try to find universal motor online.

BTW the air should blow out the top.
 
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Old 06-08-15, 07:23 PM
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That must be a big system with a 1/2HP motor. I found it online for as low as $235.
 
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well thats depressing and theres no way to get around this using another h/p and rpm at all?..
 
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Old 06-09-15, 12:13 AM
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Would one of these work?

US Motors model K055TBZ8217012B item number 1695 Motor from KPaulindustrial.com Veteran Owned
http://m.ebay.com/itm/271518184985

http://m.ebay.com/itm/like/141586038109?lpid=82&chn=ps&ul_ref=http%253A%252F%252Frover.ebay.com%252Frover%252F1%252F711-117182-37290-0%252F2%253Fmtid%253D1588%2526kwid%253D1%2526crlp%253D53601919689_324272%2526itemid%253D141586038109%2526targetid%253D87946123569%2526rpc%253D0.17%2526rpc_upld_id%253D50322%2526rlsatarget%253D%2526device%253Dm%2526mpre%253Dhttp%25253A%25252F%25252Fwww.ebay.com%25252Fitm%25252Flike%25252F141586038109%25253Flpid%25253D82%252526chn%25253Dps%2526adtype%253Dpla%2526gclid%253DCKTrleGIgsYCFQsQaQodv1sAAA%2526srcrot%253D711-117182-37290-0%2526rvr_id%253D845341191705&ul_ref=http%3A%2F%2Frover.ebay.com%2Frover%2F1%2F711-117182-37290-0%2F2%3Fmtid%3D1588%26kwid%3D1%26crlp%3D53601919689_324272%26itemid%3D141586038109%26targetid%3D87946123569%26rpc%3D0.17%26rpc_upld_id%3D50322%26rlsatarget%3D%26device%3Dm%26mpre%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.ebay.com%252Fitm%252Flike%252F141586038109%253Flpid%253D82%2526chn%253Dps%26adtype%3Dpla%26gclid%3DCKTrleGIgsYCFQsQaQodv1sAAA%26srcrot%3D711-117182-37290-0%26rvr_id%3D845341191705&_mwBanner=1
 
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Old 06-09-15, 08:16 AM
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That is a blower motor not a condenser motor. Look for condenser motor.
 
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