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Fan isn't turning

Lately we've been using "emergency heat" upstairs because of both the recent low temperatures and because our youngest daughter's room doesn't get good distribution and so is hard to heat up.

Last night we noticed that our RUUD unit outside was making a loud obnoxious noise, and then today we went outside to take a look and the fan wasn't turning. I also thought I spotted a small wisp of smoke coming out of the unit.

My fan is a burnt fan motor. Thoughts, anyone?

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Turn the power off, take the cover off the top and try to spin it. If it spins hard then it was the motor. If it spins easy the the capacitor is probably bad which
would cause the fan to go bad.

Usually this can be a dual capacitor which also controls the compressor. Sometimes just replacing
the capcitor can do the trick, if not then the worst
is that you will have to replace the motor and still use the new capacitor

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