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AC not working

Fan on outside unit does not initialize but I hear the condensor kick in for two seconds then cut off. I can turn the fan freely with a stick so its not locked up.

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Change the fan motor capacitor.

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Compressor/Condensor fan need to be turned by hand to get it started. Do I need a new fan motor or could this be a larger issue.

If the fan does indeed run ok without any bearing noise and the blade spins freely when you push it and then runs ok your motor start capacitor is bad on the motor. This is usually a small metal oval shaped can with two wire leads attached to it to help kick the motor armature into spinning when your ac unit first turns on.

The capacitor is about 4 to 6 uf (microfarads) and at is available at a local electrical supply house and is under $10 and if your handy with small tools this could be replaced by yourself if you are willing. BE SURE TO PULL the OUTSIDE POWER DISCONNET before taking any covers off. 240 volts ac for the compressor motor and fan motor plus even the 110 volt control power will kill you before you can blink! The control relay from the thermostat in your home is 24 volts ac. Get a friend with a voltmeter to verify the circuits are truly dead before you attempt repairs. Good luck and use a voltmeter to make sure the power to the ac unit is off! Regards, Dennis

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How soon after replacing the condensor fan, is it supposed to kick on?

Condensor fan should start when the compressor starts. If the condensor is hot at top and bottom, turn the refrig off and check the fan for power, should spin freely by finger, and coast to a stop.
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What you are hearing is the contactor clicking...trying to turn on the compressor...
Check for 220v power across the 2 poles of the contactor on the incoming side and then check the out going side if you have power...thinking that there is no power to the unit..


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My unit ran fine on saturday but outside fan did not work on sun.

your capacitor is bad for your outdor condensor fan. it is either sep from comp or its all in on normally a 55/5 sometime they blow if it a rheem or ruud unit. check the capcitor.

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is fan spinning fast enough it has to have alot of velocity to cool condensor coils if you haft to push fan to get going its probably shot and get new motor the ac is a sealed system and hardly ever will leak freon!!!Best of Luck to You!!! :)

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Sounds like your compressor outside is frozen up or (locked up) the smell is outside correct? it could also be your fan also in your condensor unit outside the easiest way is to listen for fluid movement (if your freon is moving then your compressor is working and you need to lean toward a fan motor. check to see if you can move the fan blades in the compressor (outside ) if the problem is in the house then approach in the same way with the power to the unit turned off only If you cannot turn it most likely fan motor replacement is in order, and pressure sensors are not letting your condensor run. theres a few things to try hope i have helped .Honestly it probably would not hurt to let a service man look at it anyway, but this way at least you're a little wiser chris

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