Each element of a central air conditioning unit comprises many parts that require different levels of care. And although the best air conditioners can last up to two decades, sometimes specific parts need to be replaced. We’re here to show you how to replace an air conditioner condenser fan motor.
While you’re at it, you may want to read up on repairing an air conditioner condenser or check out our article offering advice on replacing a heat pump with an air conditioner and repairing an air conditioner fan motor.
The condenser unit is one of the essential components of any air conditioner. The condenser is a set of cooling copper coils that regulate the refrigerant and ensure the air is at the proper temperature. And once the air is brought to the right temperature, the fan motor circulates it through the vent and into the house.
It’s always a great idea to replace the AC’s capacitor every time you replace the fan motor. Replacing the capacitor makes the new motor last longer.
When something goes wrong, the unit will typically show an error code. For example, when you see the E4 error code on an air conditioner, the unit is going into defrost mode. However, if your condenser fan is having issues, you may not see this kind of notification.
STEP 1 Turn Off the Entire Unit
STEP 2 Remove the Cover and Top
STEP 3 Remove the Fan Blade and Motor
STEP 4 Put on the New Motor
STEP 5 Remove the Old Wires
STEP 6 Fasten the top Cover and Check the Fan Blade
STEP 7 Test the New Motor
Before working on the AC fan motor, use a voltmeter to check and ensure there’s no power to the wires. Otherwise, you can get shocked.
What is the average cost of replacing a condenser fan motor?
The average price of the part is around $300 to $500.
How long do condenser coils last?
An evaporator coil lasts, on average, about 10 to 20 years.
What causes a condenser coil to leak?
AC condenser leaks are often caused by ruptured condenser tubes or rotten seals.
STAT: The typical lifespan of a centralized AC unit is around 15-17 years. (source)