: The motor that spins the fan on the condenser unit outside my home
: seized up today. I noticed that house fan was running, but cold air was
: not blowing out the vents for the central air. When I went outside to
: check the condenser unit the fan was not spinning, the motor was
: humming, and was extremely hot to the touch.
: I thought I had heard a squealing sound over the past couple weeks when
: the AC unit would start in the early morning sometime, so I assume the
: bearings in the fan motor seized. Is fixing this as straight forward as
: buying a replacement motor, removing the old motor, and attaching the
: fan to the new motor? Or is it likely that when the fan motor died it
: took out other components with it (such as condenser coil or compressor)?
: The specs I read off the side of the current motor:
: Model #: KA55HXCRK-9885
: Part #: 8101-551
: Volt: 230/208
: Hz: 60
: Amp: 1.7
: PH 1
: I think motors like these would be replacements:
: Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
Another thing to consider replacing is the starter cap.
I would look at amazon local or groupon for a discounted ac tune up. Be
forewarned, most of them will sell you the parts needed at 150-300 each. A new
system will run you about 7500 dollars to 11,000 dollars( depending on tonnage
for your sized house ). If you just want the thing running, do the part
replacement, and hope it does not die out before you sell it, but if you plan to
live in the house longer, then do the upgrade, since other parts are going to be
reaching the end of their lifespan. You might also do some preventive
maintenance , use a shop vac to suck out the condensate line annually, that is
the tubing that sticks out from the house, and lets the moisture from the system
drain out, as the air is cooled
On Wed, 24 Jun 2015 00:44:04 +0000, Sid in Sacramento
There's no reason to think that. My AC lasted about 27 years with no
need for servicing. The OP is probably not reading but he should
just replace the motor and he's good to go
Except now that you mention it, I did have problems with the condensate
line. Worked fine for 5 years, then wouldn't drain. Went down an
inch or 2, then over to the wall, then to the floor, then along the wall
to the near the sump, then to the sump. I blew it out but it made no
difference. I flushed it out and the water poured out full blast but it
made no difference. No insects. I finally rerouted it so it went down
18 inches at the start, then the same as it used to be. Worked fine
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