Condenser Fan Motor: How It Works and How to Prevent Overheating

Condenser Fan Motor: How It Works and How to Prevent Overheating

 

A condenser fan motor is a vital component of the condenser that greatly affects the overall performance of your HVAC system. Without professional maintenance, the fan motor may wear over time, resulting in poor airflow and completely uncomfortable indoor environment. To make the most of your heating and cooling system, it is necessary to familiarize yourself with its functions.

Learn more about the condenser fan motor through this post.

How Does it Work?

While the condenser unit works to cool the air conditioner while it’s running, the fan motor functions to blow the air through the condenser coils to convert hot, refrigerant gas into a cool liquid. As the fan blades turn, your air conditioning unit will continue to blow cool air in the entire house. Thus, it is important to maintain the fan motor to keep up the cooling process. Plus, a well-maintain fan motor can prolong the lifespan of your A/C unit.

Cause of Overheating

When the fan motor overheats, the cause might be any of the following reasons.

  • Incorrectly sized fan blades
  • Reduced airflow
  • Bad motor
  • Poorly maintained unit
  • Wrongly sized motor

Overheating is easy to detect. Simply put your hand on top of the condenser unit. If it is excessively hot, then there is likely an issue that should be addressed immediately.

Ways to Prevent Overheating

The condenser fan motor operates on a certain temperature that is safe for the air conditioner and your home as well. Most types of fan motors operate at a temperature of around 150 degrees Fahrenheit. Any issue with the condenser fan motor can lead to overheating and havoc to the entire HVAC system.

However, with regular cleaning and maintenance, overheating on this component of your condenser unit is completely preventable. Some fan motor types require an annual lubrication to keep the blades turning. Get an expert to do this job to ensure that the right type of oil is used to lubricate the fan motor.

If you encounter a problem in the fan motor, it is best to consult the experts to know whether a repair or replacement is needed. Your trusted HVAC contractor can help you deal with overheating and give you some advice on how to maintain it for a long lifespan.

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