There are a few different types of air conditioning systems. The most common for homes is the central air conditioner or also referred to as a split air conditioning system. A central air conditioning system has two units, one that is outside typically on the ground is called the condenser. The second unit is the air handler which is inside the home. It is either in a dedicated closet or inside the attic, which is the most common of the two. The unit outside is exposed to the element and often develops a number of problems. One of the most common failures to occur in the condenser unit is a fan problem. Often you will discover that the condenser is not spinning. Without the fan operating properly, your home will not be able to cool down efficiently. Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning will share why the condenser fan isn’t spinning and how to restore it.
AC Electrical Problems
If an air conditioner’s condenser fan motor is not turning or spinning, the first thing to check is the electrical supply and or the wiring to the motor. Check to see if the condenser fuse has blown or if a circuit breaker has tripped. Most homes will have an electrical panel that houses the breakers. However, older homes may still use a fuse. If the fuse has blown out, it needs to be replaced. Reset the breaker if needed. Also, check the wiring to the motor to make sure it is not lose or damaged. Loose connections will not supply the motor with any power. The same goes for damaged or frayed wiring. If there is a loose connection or damaged wiring, contact an HVAC service to help properly repair the wiring.
Faulty AC Capacitor
A faulty capacitor can also cause the condenser motor to stop running which will cause the fan to stop spinning. The capacitor is responsible for providing an electrical boost that starts the motor, and if it is not operating properly, the motor will not start or it may run erratically. An HVAC technician can test the capacitor to determine if it is working properly, and if it is not, they can replace the capacitor.
AC Motor Overheating
If the fan’s motor is overheating, it can shut down and the fan’s blade will stop turning. Overheating is often a result of poor maintenance such as no lubrication or dirty coils. Over time, the motor can become clogged with dirt, dust, and debris, which will also reduce the air conditioner’s efficiency and leads to overheating. It’s important to clean the coils regularly and to make sure there are no obstructions around the unit. You should have yearly tune-ups of the air conditioning system.
Mechanical AC Failure
If the condenser fan is not spinning it may be that the motor has simply worn out or failed. A worn out motor can be due to time and the age of the unit. A prematurely worn out motor may also be due to over use and poor maintenance. An HVAC technician can inspect the motor and determine if it needs to be replaced.
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If your condenser’s fan is not spinning or running, you may need help in determining the source of the failure and restoring your air conditioning system. For quality HVAC services, contact Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning and schedule our services today.