AC Investigations | Play Cooling Detective To Diagnose 3 Likely Triggers Of A Lethargic Fan In Your Timeworn AC

Your AC unit is crucial for retaining a comfortable indoor environment when the temperatures soar outside. The summer season between November and March ranges from 30 to 50 degrees Celsius in Australia, making it uncomfortable without proper cooling. When your AC gets older, several factors could cause the fans to become lethargic, which negatively impacts cooling performance. Turn into a cooling detective and investigate these likely triggers of lethargic fans. Get air conditioning repairs immediately to avoid irreversible damage.

Look For Visible Signs Of Frayed Wires

Every fan in your AC unit is connected through a series of wires. But these wires can fray or get damaged because of natural wear over time or because of extreme weather conditions. If you're unlucky enough to have a mouse chewing through the wires, then your fan will become lethargic over time. If the problem is frayed wires, the good news is that you don't have to replace any expensive components. But you will need to hire an AC technician with wiring experience to fix this issue. Since the problem of fraying wires isn't too complex and can be completed in a few hours, it may be best for you to pay for air conditioning services based on the average hourly rate between $50 and $100 per hour to avoid spending more than necessary.

Strained Fan Motor In The Condenser Unit

The condenser unit is generally located outdoors, which means that the fan motor may be subject to all kinds of dirt and debris if you don't take proper precautions to cover the unit. The outdoor fan is a vital part of the condenser unit because it transfers refrigerant heat into the air. When the fan motor stops functioning thanks to a faulty component, the fan becomes lethargic and will eventually stop working. If you investigate and notice that your outdoor fan motor is unusually silent when you run the AC, you have a problem. An air conditioning repairs specialist will need to assess whether a specific component or the whole fan motor needs replacement. In this case, you're better off paying a fixed fee because it can be difficult to determine how many hours are required to finish the job.

Broken Fan Switches

Your AC remote has a thermostat setting to control the fan speed of the indoor unit from slow to fast and vice versa. Constantly shifting between these speeds may cause premature wear because of the frequent changes. This could mean that there is a loose connection between the thermostat and the fan operation. Pay close attention to your fan speeds when making changes between different settings. If you notice no change in speed, call an AC technician to fix the thermostat's loose connection. It may be best to agree to a fixed fee here because the thermostat problem can range from simple to complex.

Playing detective will help you identify early signs of trouble, so that you can get air conditioning repairs immediately.