A/C Condenser fan issue.


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Old 02-22-16, 07:56 AM
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A/C Condenser fan issue.

The weather got unusually warm the other day and when I got home I noticed it was warm in the house. Thermostat said it was 79 and A/C was on and set to 73. Went outside and unit was humming but the fan was not turning. I assumed it was the Capacitor. Replaced the capacitor and turned the unit on and it did the same thing. This time I used a screwdriver to give the fan a push and it started, but doesn't appear to be going as fast as it should. Turned the unit off and on several times and the fan starts on it's own now. Being curious, I took the new capacitor out and put back in the old one and it runs just like with the new cap. I'm thinking the fan motor is going bad. A few years ago a repair tech told me that the fan motor will soon need to be replaced but I thought he just wanted to make some more money. Any ideas?
 
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Old 02-22-16, 09:18 AM
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Welcome to the forums.

It sounds like the bearings in the fan's motor have dried out requiring a motor replacement as the motors come with sealed non-oilable bearings.
 
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Old 02-23-16, 09:09 AM
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Thanks for the reply. Fan motor replacement looks fairly easy. It appears just bolt it on and connect the 3 wires. Hopefully this will fix it. The weather is back to cold here so I'm not in a hurry to fix it. How much do the fan motors costs?
 
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Old 02-23-16, 09:15 AM
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Without a make and model a guess would be $150.
 
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Thanks again! I got a new fan motor ($125), installed it, and it works like new.
 
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Mine did the same, I pushed it to get it turning and it was running very slowly.
 
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Old 03-09-16, 08:42 PM
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I moved the members post you replied to..... to its own thread.
 
 

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