Causes And Signs Of AC Fan Malfunctions
The air conditioner cannot cool your home efficiently if its fan malfunctions. Below are the causes and signs of AC fan malfunction.
Several things can interfere with AC fan functions. Below are examples of such issues.
Electrical energy powers the fan's rotation, so electrical problems can cause the fan's malfunction. For example, faulty wiring, damaged capacitor, or motor failure can all lead to fan malfunctions. Consider a fan motor that experiences a short circuit that damages its windings. The motor might not generate enough energy to rotate the fan.
If a fan belt connects the motor and the fan, as is typically the case, anything that affects the belt will affect the fan. For example, fan belts lose their tension over time, leading to slippage. The belts also experience wear and tear that increases their running friction. Debris accumulation on the belt increases its risk of damage.
AC fans feature blades with specific aerodynamic designs that reduce drag over the fans and facilitate maximum airflow. The blades' designs ensure the fans can deliver the required air with minimal energy consumption. Damage to the fan's blades interferes with their aerodynamic design and reduces the air they can push through the ductwork.
Both large and small debris particles affect the fan's operations. Small debris affects components such as belts and motors. Large debris can block individual fan blades, slow the fan's rotation, or virtually prevent fan movement. Fan blade blockage can even lead to motor damage by forcing the motor to overwork and overheat as it tries to get the fan moving.
You should know if your AC fan malfunctions so you can intervene before the problem affects other AC parts. Below are common signs of fan malfunctions.
A typical AC emits some noise during normal operations. Increased noise means something is wrong with the AC. For example, damaged fan blades can emit considerable noise if they hit the fan's housing. Increased noise is also possible if the fan motor is overworking due to fan problems.
The fan pushes air through the ductwork so the air can circulate and cool the house. A compromised fan operation reduces air circulation and cooling efficiency. For example, your supply vents might blow warm instead of cool air due to fan damage.
Increased Energy Bills
Your AC design forces it to cool your house to the required temperature irrespective of the AC's condition. Thus, the AC will strive to meet the desired cooling output even if the fan cannot blow the required air. Unfortunately, an overworking AC consumes more electricity than usual.
Contact a company that offers residential air conditioning servicing to learn more.