AC Anatomy: Fan Motor

AC Anatomy: Fan Motor

Do you know all of the parts of your air conditioner? What about the fan motor? While you may not think air conditioning systems are the most interesting thing in the world, knowing the various components of your AC can actually help you in the long run. By knowing the parts that lie within your appliance, you can save money on repairs and the like. Not sure what the fan motor is? Here’s what you should know:

Fan Motor 101

If you’re familiar with your air conditioner’s condenser, then you already know that the device works to condense refrigerant from a vapor to a liquid. As this process happens, the liquid is cooled and then blown through the ducts via a fan. The fan motor, which is usually located on the top or the side of the condenser unit, is an integral part of the process as it is responsible for operating the fan.

Common Fan Motor Problems

Like any appliance, your air conditioner needs a little AC Maintenance every now and then in order to run as efficiently as possible. Here are some of the common problems your fan motor may face and how to repair them:

  • The condenser fan relay isn’t working. Some condensers have a relay that turns the motor on or off when the system itself is turned on or off. Sometimes these condenser fan relays can break. Luckily, this is a relatively easy and inexpensive fix.
  • The motor is burnt out. If your fan motor is burnt out or not moving as fast as it could be, then your home won’t be as cool as it could be either. In this situation, the motor will most likely need to be replaced. When replacing the motor, make sure you know the right specifications needed so the motor will fit appropriately. Although this repair can be costly, it’s important to replace the motor in order for your home to feel its best.

While you may think knowing your AC anatomy is boring, it can help you keep your home cool and comfortable year-round! At Engineered Air, your home’s comfort is our priority, so if you are having any issues with your AC, contact us today, and be sure to read more AC Anatomy here.