Replacing Your Air Conditioner Fan Motor

With temperatures already hitting above 90 degrees in the greater Phoenix area, you don’t want to take chances with your air conditioner. Now is the time when many homeowners flip their thermostat to cool and discover an AC failure, and one of the most common problems is a broken air conditioner fan motor.

What Is a Fan Motor?

Your air conditioner’s condenser fan motor prevents the compressor from overheating. It cools the refrigerant that moves through the condenser coils of your air conditioner unit. If your fan motor fails, it can be a domino effect with other components of your unit also failing. This includes your compressor which is a major and costly repair. So, the sooner you get the fan motor fixed, the better!

Signs That Your Fan Motor Needs Repair

When the motor fails to turn the fan on and off, cool air won’t blow into your home, rendering your air conditioner useless. There are also several other clues that indicate a looming fan failure:

  • Buzzing or grinding noises as the motor struggles
  • Circuit breaker shut downs or other electrical issues
  • Ice or frost forming on the coils inside the air conditioner unit

If you think you have a fan motor problem, shut off the power to the air conditioner right away. If the power shuts off unexpectedly, check your breaker box to see if the switch has been triggered. If it has, reset it and turn on the air conditioner again. If the same thing happens, it’s time to call for repairs.

Avoiding the Problem in the First Place

While some air conditioner malfunctions are unavoidable, most can be prevented by keeping up with routine maintenance. During a seasonal maintenance check, your technician will evaluate and adjust all parts, including your fan motor, to ensure everything is working as it should be. You’ll also avoid the big hassle of a system failure. If you’ve ever experienced a house without air conditioning during an Arizona summer, you know exactly why you don’t want to take chances with your HVAC system.

At Chandler Air, we have years of expertise diagnosing and fixing air conditioner fan motor issues. Don’t let a relatively minor problem cause extensive damage to your HVAC system. Call us today for service at 480-899-0267.

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