Call a Professional When Your AC Motor Needs to Be Replaced

September 20, 2022
AC unit in Olathe, KS

Motors determine how efficiently your HVAC system functions. A trained technician must perform annual preventative maintenance on them to ensure that your system provides adequate cooling. When necessary, they will also identify any underlying issue and advise you on whether to repair or replace one. These components are complex and somewhat dangerous. It’s certainly not advisable for a homeowner to tackle these chores of their own.

Signs of a Failing AC Motor

Before your AC motor breaks down, it will give off some subtle signs. You might hear strange squeaking or grinding noises that point to weak or worn-out motor bearings.

The outer surface of the motor might overheat or produce strange vibrations. This overheating could make the system give off a burning odor.

A failing motor will also cause weak airflow from the vents. Conversely, debris buildup might block the vents, preventing the motor from producing adequate cool air.

Finally, you should call a technician if you notice a spike in your energy bills since this could mean the motor is working twice as hard to meet the demands of the HVAC system. For any potential problems with an AC motor in Olathe or the Greater Kansas City area, turn to our experts at Mike Bryant Heating & Cooling to identify and correct the problem.

Figuring Out the AC Motor Malfunction

There are various types of motors used in air conditioning units, and a professional will be required to determine which is at fault, isolate the issue, and conclude whether it can be fixed. Replacement may be required. Each kind of motor is susceptible to different problems, and each demands specialized knowledge.

The main issue often affecting the condenser fan motor is a malfunctioning capacitor. Before replacing the condenser fan motor, the technician will need to measure the fan blade’s height to that of the finger guard. The replacement fan blade height should be the same size to prevent the compressor from overheating and burning.

The blower motor often fails when dirty air passes over it and closes the vent hole, causing overheating. The blower can also malfunction due to capacitor failure, preventing air from moving adequately.

Capacitor failure causes the evaporator coil to freeze, leading to an abrupt increase in indoor temperature. An HVAC technician will need to remove the blower housing to replace a failing blower motor. They will also need to attach the blower wheel properly to prevent overheating and burning out of the new motor.

Compressor motors are the most expensive and challenging to replace. They consist of the run motor and start motor connected at the wire terminals. However, compressor motors rarely burn out and tend to last as long as the AC unit does.

Although these are difficult projects that you shouldn’t undertake on your own, you should be aware of your air conditioner’s performance. Note any odd behavior, unpleasant odors, or unusual sounds. Catching these problems early could save you considerable money on repairs. If an AC motor requires replacement, you will need to contact a reputable HVAC company. At Mike Bryant Heating & Cooling, we have adequate knowledge of cost-effective replacement models, and we’re at your disposal across Olathe and the Greater Kansas City area.

Only Trust a Certified and Licensed HVAC Company

Replacing AC motors is expensive, and it necessitates that you work with a reputable HVAC company capable of helping you make a sound investment decision. You’ll also want a team that has experience in both diagnostics and installation. The business should be licensed and insured, and the technicians ought to have training and credentials. You can also gauge a company’s reputation by word of mouth and by checking reviews by previous customers.

When you place your confidence in our team at Mike Bryant Heating & Cooling, you won’t be disappointed. We’ve been doing this work since 2004, and our founder has more than 36 years in the business. We belong to the Home Builders Association of Kansas City, and they honored him with the Heating & Cooling Associate of the Year award. We have an A+ rating with the BBB, and we’ve won the Lennox Circle of Excellence award eight years in a row.

At Mike Bryant Heating & Cooling, we acknowledge the importance of comfort and security to you and your family. That’s why we strive to provide the best results and the most conscientious customer service in Olathe and the Greater Kansas City Area. You can rely on us for installation, repair, and maintenance of a complete range of cooling, heating, and indoor air quality equipment. We also handle heat pumps, geothermal, boilers, and even sheet metal fabrication.

If you’d like to speak with us about your AC motor or any other home comfort concern, call us today.

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