Tempe AC Repair. Why Is My Outdoor AC Fan Not Spinning?

Tempe AC Repair. Why Is My Outdoor AC Fan Not Spinning?

Your air conditioner may have broken. Possibly you’ve already investigated, but you still haven’t figured out why your air conditioner is leaking heat. What should we do now?

Ensure the compressor and fan are turning on the outdoor condenser unit of your air conditioner.

The central air conditioner’s beating heart is the compressor, which is protected from the elements by an airtight seal in the outdoor unit. A malfunctioning system will leave your home uncomfortably warm.

The best solution is to get help from the number one Tempe AC repair company, Rescue One Air.


How Do I Know My Compressor Isn’t Working?

If either of the following describes your AC unit, it may be experiencing a more fundamental issue:


  • The air conditioner isn’t as effective as it once was
  • It makes loud or unusual noises from the outside unit.
  • The compressor’s low humming is entirely silent.


Moving on can lead you to the following:


  • The compressor is running, but there is no sign of a fan.
  • There is no compressor sound, and the fan is not turning.


The Compressor Works, But the Fan Doesn’t Spin

The capacitor in the air conditioner functions like a giant battery. You have a broken fan motor due to a faulty start capacitor if the compressor in your air conditioner is working, but the fan is not.

The start capacitor is a power supply component of your outdoor unit that functions in a manner analogous to a large battery.

It kick-starts the electric motor by releasing a burst of stored energy. During startup, the system consumes three times the power it needs, making the extra power a capacitor provides essential. The fan won’t turn on if the capacitor isn’t working.


Signs of a bad capacitor include:

  • The air conditioner is noticeably noisier than usual
  • There is stuttering or clicking sound, and the air conditioner turns off.
  • You can hear the air conditioner humming and buzzing, but it won’t turn on.
  • The click of your air conditioner, but no cool air
  • The capacitor is bulging at either the bottom or the top.
  • The capacitor was exhibiting visibly goopy discharge.


While some individuals start poking the fan, it isn’t advisable to do so.

But you should still call in an HVAC expert to double-check the capacitor and ensure it’s working correctly. Otherwise, you risk overheating the compressor, which could cause irreparable damage and lead to a repair bill that rivals the cost of a new system.

Rescue One Air can do same-day AC repair, which is better for you and your AC system than poking inside electrical areas with a stick or screwdriver.


The compressor and fan Don’t Work

When the compressor and fan don’t work, the outdoor AC unit has no power or a faulty compressor contactor. Let’s look at how to inspect your air conditioner and electrical system.

First, check the air conditioner’s main electrical panel for power. If the AC’s breaker is in “the middle,” it tripped. The system tried to use more amps than the breaker could handle, so it shut off to protect your home.

Turn off your thermostat to reset the breaker. Then flip the breaker. Restart the AC after 30 minutes. Resetting the AC breaker is NOT recommended. Another trip indicates an electrical problem; call a pro.

The breaker hasn’t tripped. The contractor may be defective. This contactor turns on and off the outdoor unit by relaying between the thermostat, compressor, and fan motor. The contactor turns on the compressor when you turn on the thermostat. Bad contractors can’t “relay” signals.

Strange noises from the outdoor unit indicate a faulty contactor. Or if the AC clicks but doesn’t turn on. Technicians should check your contactor and thermostat.



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