There’s nothing worse than a broken AC unit and being hot and sweaty inside your own home. Plus, on top of all that humidity, you now have to identify the problem and figure out the next steps.
5 Reasons Why Your AC Fan Is Not Spinning
If after checking your AC unit you find out your AC fan isn’t spinning, here are some of the reasons this might be happening:
1. Burnt Out Motor
Over time, fan motors go through a lot of wear and tear and can eventually burn out, especially if not properly maintained. This usually requires a technician to fix and the system might need to be completely replaced.
2. Contactor Problems
A contactor is an electrical switch that controls the flow of electricity to components in the AC unit, like the fan motor. It’s common that the contactor can go bad over time due to stress and over use on the unit.
3. Capacitor Problems
Capacitors are small cylindrical objects that store energy and work to keep the outside fan in your air conditioner running. Your capacitor can go bad for various reasons or stop working completely, resulting in your fan not spinning.
4. Check the Float Switch
The float switch is located inside your unit and is meant to shut it down if water begins to accumulate in the drain line. Depending on how your system is designed, it may turn off the whole system or just the condensing unit.
5. Condenser Fan Motor Failure
If the condenser experiences electrical failures, the motors inside the condenser that operate the fan and the motor may stop working. If the condenser continues to malfunction, it could severely damage or even stop the AC unit from cooling your home.
Related: Signs of a Bad AC Fan Motor
How to Fix an AC Fan That is Not Spinning
If you think you have a bad capacitor or just can’t get the unit’s fan started, turn off your system and wait for help. Trying to fix it on your own may cause the compressor to overheat, and you do not want that. Replacing a compressor can be very expensive.
AC Service in Brevard County from Colman Heating & Air
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