Fan of the Central Air External Compressor in Winter

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Old 02-04-14, 09:31 AM
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Unhappy Fan of the Central Air External Compressor in Winter

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I have a central air unit. The compressor is outside my house. Recently (Winter), I found out the fan of the compressor did not turn. The house was still have hot air coming out (I guessed was from the heat air pump in basement). Should the fan turn in the snowy Winter? I checked the circuit breakers and seemed it's OK. I manually moved and turned the fan and was pretty smooth. What are the possible problems? ---AL
 
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Old 02-04-14, 09:33 AM
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I think you may be confusing things. If you have central air AND a furnace...then no...the fan outside won't run in heating season.

Heat pumps are different....but I think you have an A/C and furnace setup...not a heat pump.
 
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Old 02-10-14, 12:54 PM
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Fan of compressor

Thank you for the information and advice, GunGuy45 and ALL.
I found out more info about my home cooling-heating system. I have a LENNOX central air and heat pump system. The compressor is outside my house. Now it's winter time. I can feel the heat is coming out in my house but the outside unit seemed not working. The fan did not turn. My house is operated by electricity, no gas. When I turned on the heater, the 'AUX HEAT' light in my thermostat was on. I see other compressors of my neighbors were working (could hear the sound). So my question is: should the fan of outside unit (compressor) turn in the winter (and should the compressor on also) OR just works in the summer?
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Old 02-10-14, 01:46 PM
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Now that we know...yes...the outside unit should turn on...both comp and fan. You have an issue and are probably using electric heat strips when the AUX light come on. Big hit on your electric bill if you don't get it checked.

Unless you feel competent to do some electrical troubleshooting...best to call a service company. Talk to neighbors for references.
 
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