Pioneers Heating and Air received a call from a homeowner in Altadena, CA, who needed help with heating and cooling system diagnostics. Still shocked about what happened, the client complained that their AC unit completely shut down without warning. But then, they recalled that it occasionally happened when the weather was hot or on days when they had not used the system for quite a while. After running a diagnostic check, it was clear that the old condenser fan motor had to work hard to turn the blower fan. Thus, resulting in overheating, which triggered the unit to shut down. Fortunately, we solved the problem easily by replacing it with a new 3-phase condenser fan motor. Hence, a more reliable and efficient replacement. We also replaced the AC’s run capacitor (in charge of running the condenser motor). Finally, we tested and ensured the unit blew cool air again and held the system’s smooth operation. Another quick and easy air conditioner repair done by our HVAC technicians.
AC units are built to last around 25 years. However, the fan motors within these units often give out after only 12 years. With age, the shaft and bearings of a motor can become worn and start to slow down. It will eventually prevent the motor from running at full speed. The system will then shut down to avoid overheating, just like in our client’s case.
Air conditioners do not usually break down completely without warning signs first. So, be attentive and figure out what might happen before a total breakdown occurs. Often, you can prevent a more expensive repair by replacing failing parts before they cause bigger problems. Not to mention you can avoid the inconvenience of having your AC malfunction on the hottest day of the year.
The following symptoms are commonly seen in failing condenser fan motors:
The blower and condenser fans are commonly used in the most popular central air conditioning systems. If you know which air conditioner fan is failing, troubleshooting the problem can be much easier. Your system loses cooling capacity and may make odd noises when the blower fan or motor is not operating properly. Likewise, your system may overheat if the condenser fan stops functioning, which could result in serious and costly issues.
It is never a good idea to change the motor without verifying everything else is working smoothly. Doing such can damage the compressor or compressor clutch while replacing a motor. Thus, it can lead to even higher costs. While calling an HVAC technician is not cheap, their expertise is a valuable tool to diagnose and fix problems. Furthermore, professional HVAC technicians can get the job done in less time. That decreases energy consumption and improves the life span of your air conditioning unit. Finally, having an HVAC technician perform the service, rather than attempting a DIY fix, is less expensive and potentially easier overall. Read our previous feature to learn more about the reasons to hire a professional HVAC service.
At Pioneers Heating and Air, we understand that the condenser fan is among the most important components of your home’s cooling and heating system. Thus, our expert AC repair Altadena, CA service team offers to replace condenser fans and motors. Our team is experienced and equipped with the best tools and equipment to complete the job quickly and efficiently. Plus, we provide a 100% satisfaction guarantee on all our services, so you know you are getting the best possible service. Don’t wait any longer, call us today at (626) 217-0559 for a free consultation!