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Take Care Of the Heat Pump Condenser Fan Motor

It's not uncommon for a heat pump condenser fan motor to stop working, and when it does, your unit becomes susceptible to overheating because the compressor won't cool down. Here's how to check for the problem.

Check Your Heat Pump Condenser Fan Motor

The condenser fan motor helps cool the compressor, and there are a few reasons for it to stop working. Sometimes, it's simply wear and tear, but a weak compressor or a power surge can also cause the fan motor to break.

If the fan motor breaks, it stops cooling the compressor, and the outdoor unit can overheat and shut down. You'll need to get a new motor before you can get that fresh, cool air back.

How to check a heat pump condenser fan motor

  • Take a look at the outside unit to check whether or not you can hear the motor running.

  • During the summer months, the condenser fan motor should be running whenever your air conditioner is on. In the winter months, the condenser unit may go into defrost for a maximum of 10 minutes. While it's defrosting, the fan motor turns off but will start running again as soon as the defrost is finished. If it doesn't start up again or it's turning off over and over again, you may have a problem with the fan motor.

What to Do if Your Heat Pump Condenser Fan Motor Isn't Turning On

A fan motor failure isn't uncommon, and it's not too difficult to fix. However, you'll want to call in a technician to investigate the trouble, and help replace the motor if needed.

Some options when the heat pump condenser fan motor fails

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