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Compressor fan seems loose and makes noise To add more, the problem get worse when I change the balance of the conditioner. Sometimes it gets better too but not for long. It only does this when the conditionner is working so I assume it's a fan in the compressor. Thanks

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Blade out of balance or losse have to tighten

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