Modern air conditioners have a lot of parts and pieces that allow them to operate correctly. One of the most important pieces, though, is the air conditioner fan. And, unfortunately, this is a piece that commonly experiences issues.
Sometimes, the problem is with the fan itself or even with one or more of its blades. Other times, the issue is caused by the fan motor.
In any event, your air conditioner won't work correctly without a quality, properly-functioning fan. Thus, it's important to educate yourself on the warning signs that you need a new fan or at least some professional fan repairs.
Warm Or Lukewarm Air
The air that comes out of your air conditioner should be icy cold. After all, that's the whole point of having an air conditioner.
If the air suddenly starts coming out warm or even lukewarm, however, then you might have a fan issue. The fan is what cools the condenser and, thus, the air that flows into your home. So, if the air is not nice and cool, then your fan isn't doing its job. A professional can take a look, tell you the cause of the problem, and then give you options to fix the issue and get your home nice and cool again.
A Fan That Doesn't Turn On
When you turn your air conditioner on, you can often hear the fan roar to life right along with it.
If you don't hear the fan turn on, however, or if you go outside to look and your fan isn't turning, even though your air conditioner is on, you've definitely got a problem.
Don't continue to run the unit since you're just wasting energy and not actually cooling your home. Until you have the fan looked at, you will not get cooling results.
A Burning Smell
The last thing you want is for a burning smell to pervade your home. Unfortunately, this sometimes happens when your air conditioner has a fan problem.
That nasty odor often means that your fan has failed to cool your condenser, and now your condenser and your entire unit are overheating. Turn the unit off to prevent severe damage, and don't operate it again until you get a professional opinion.
Air conditioner fans are tricky things. Thus, if you notice an issue, don't try to fix it yourself. Remember, always leave repair or replacement jobs up to people who know what they're doing and have the tools to do it right. Contact a local air conditioning service company for more information.