There is never an ideal time for your air conditioning to call it quits, especially when we are in the thick of a typical summer in the Mobile area. However, with temperatures in the mid-90s and humidity hovering around 60%, AC units across the area are working overtime to keep homes cool. We have seen numerous cases of AC unit failure already this season and a failed fan motor is one of the most common reasons for failure. Air Control of Mobile offers fast, affordable AC fan motor replacement to help keep your home cool during the summer months and we are here to help you when you need it most.
Below, we’ll explain what your AC fan motor is exactly. We’ll also cover a few common signs that indicate a problem exists with it and we’ll review five steps you can take to rule out other causes for your air conditioning not functioning properly. Let’s get started.
What Is an AC Fan Motor and What Does It Do?
Your AC unit’s compressor and condenser fan are two of its most important components. Why? The condenser fan keeps the compressor from overheating as it cools the refrigerant moving through the condenser coils of your unit. This is what keeps your home cool. If the condenser fan motor fails, the system cannot properly cool the refrigerant or pump cold air into your home. Once this happens, it can create a domino effect of sorts, quickly causing problems with other components in your air conditioning unit.
Indicators of a Problem with Your AC Fan Motor
Aside from inefficient cooling, several other signs could indicate a problem with your AC fan motor. These include:
- The fan turning on, but moving inconsistently or very slowly
- The fan not running when your air conditioner is on
- The fan continuing to run after you’ve turned the air conditioner off
- The unit making a rattling noise when the fan is turned on
If you notice any of these warning signs, it is best to call Air Control of Mobile right away. Our experienced technicians can inspect your unit to accurately diagnose the problem and perform AC fan motor replacement quickly to restore your indoor comfort as soon as possible.
5 Steps to Rule Out Other Causes of AC Failure
We know that some of you out there are the do-it-yourself kind of folks. Although we don’t recommend that you attempt DIY air conditioning repairs, there are a few steps you can take on your own to rule out other causes of failure for your air conditioning unit. Let’s look at five of them below.
Check Your Thermostat
This might seem like a no-brainer, but it is worth mentioning. Before checking anything else, be sure that your thermostat is turned on and set to the air conditioning setting. This can be an easy and quick fix, and it is the one thing that is overlooked the most when people think their air conditioner isn’t working as it should be.
Check Your Breaker Box
If your thermostat is set properly, you want to check your breaker box next. Breakers trip when too much electricity flows through them. They also trip if they cannot handle the excess current load flowing through them. It is possible that your air conditioning unit tripped a breaker when it turned on, especially if it has been working overtime recently.
Check Your Filters
Assuming the thermostat and the breaker box check out, it is never a bad idea to check your air filters and change them out if they are clogged. Your HVAC system relies on clean air filters to clean the air that passes through them without obstructing its flow. Clogged air filters block airflow, causing a chain reaction which includes your AC unit working harder than normal to cool your home.
Check the Outside Unit
When everything checks out inside of your home, it is time to head outside to check out the air conditioning unit itself. Check for puddles beneath the unit — these could indicate that the unit has developed a leak, which could be partially to blame for inadequate cooling. You also want to check and make sure the unit is free of debris with plenty of room around it for air to circulate.
Check the Fan Blades
Lastly, take a look at the fan blades. To do so, look down at the top of your exterior AC unit. Do hear the loud humming of the compressor and see the fan blades turning? If the blades are free of obstructions and they are not turning, you can try manually starting them by flicking them lightly with a screwdriver. If the blades start with some help, the problem may not be the AC fan motor, but rather the capacitor.
Need AC Fan Replacement in Mobile?
Regardless of why your AC unit is not working, Air Control of Mobile is here to help you get it back up and running again. From routine maintenance to emergency AC fan replacement, our team has the skills and experience necessary to ensure you enjoy optimal indoor comfort all summer long. Contact us today to learn more about the air conditioning repair services that we offer — we look forward to hearing from you!