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Fan Motor Problems in Your Air Conditioning System

Your air conditioner has many components that must be in good working order to keep you cool all summer long. Parts are likely to fail from time to time, and repairs are a necessary part of owning an air conditioner. One part that may sometimes run into problems is the condenser fan motor. An air conditioning professional can tell you the exact source of the problem with your AC, but there are some signs that the condenser fan motor may be the culprit.

In order to work properly, your air conditioner must be able to remove heat from your home and transfer it outdoors. One of the components used to do this is the condenser coil located in the outdoor unit of a split AC system. A fan blows air over the condenser coil, and the heat from indoors is released into the outside air. If the fan does not run properly due to a motor problem, heat exchange cannot take place.

If anything causes the fan motor to work improperly, it can overheat. Just a small amount of dust can interfere with the motor and cause it to malfunction. If your AC unit does not provide you with cool air, it may mean the fan motor has stopped working.

Another sign that your condenser’s fan motor is not working properly is a buzzing or grinding sound coming from your outside condenser unit. This often indicates that something has interfered with the system or that your motor has worn down and needs replacement.

If you hear loud noises coming from your outdoor unit, turn it off and contact an HVAC professional. Never try to replace a motor on your own. Your AC unit needs a fan motor of a specific size and speed, and a trained professional is the best person to find this part and install it without risking further damage to your AC.

At Tuckers Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing, our USA Maintenance Plan can help you avoid sudden fan motor problems with maintenance visits twice a year and discounts on all repairs. To learn more about air conditioning services in Rockville, MD, call us today!