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Old 09-18-2014, 07:20 PM   #381
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Just paid $550 to get a new fan motor on the AC system... now going to get quotes to replace the whole thing... AC is 16 years old...
Texas Prouud, Was that the external fan or internal? Labor included? I'd be interested to know how it works out. JG3
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Old 09-18-2014, 07:51 PM   #382
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Texas Prouud, Was that the external fan or internal? Labor included? I'd be interested to know how it works out. JG3

External... and I thought it was a bit much..
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Old 09-18-2014, 08:17 PM   #383
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Just replaced my electric hot water heater. I was able to find an exact replacement so the install was simple and fast. I checked my water pressure before the install and noticed it was over 130 lbs. So while I was at it, and had the water turned off, I installed a water pressure regulator on the main line to the house and cut it down to about 75lbs.
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Old 09-18-2014, 09:33 PM   #384
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Replaced idler pulley, drive belt and scraper bar on snowthrower. Hate thinking about winter especially after the brutal one we had last year but it is inevitable so i might as well be ready and easier to get it done now. I've always been big on preventative maintenance. Now got to get going on replacing the rear storm door. There is always something to do!


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External... and I thought it was a bit much..
That does sound a bit high.
About 20 years ago my outside AC fan crumped out 3 hours before a party at my house (invitees from w*rk, incl boss, etc, Charleston SC in the summer.) I rigged up two of my box fans to accomplish the same thing--one exhausting the air out the top like the stock fan does and another helper fan blowing air into the box through the coils on one side. It definitely looked like a hillbilly repair, but the air in the house stayed cool and it got us through until the repair guy came the next day.
He was even complimentary and told my wife it was was good temporary fix.
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That does sound a bit high.
About 20 years ago my outside AC fan crumped out 3 hours before a party at my house (invitees from w*rk, incl boss, etc, Charleston SC in the summer.) I rigged up two of my box fans to accomplish the same thing--one exhausting the air out the top like the stock fan does and another helper fan blowing air into the box through the coils on one side. It definitely looked like a hillbilly repair, but the air in the house stayed cool and it got us through until the repair guy came the next day.
He was even complimentary and told my wife it was was good temporary fix.

Never thought of that!!! If it happens again, box fans here we come
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Latest repair was replacement of back storm door. Was still under warranty (save your paperwork!!!). Job took only about 7 trips spread over 3 weeks to the hardware store what with the return, pickup of replacement shipped from factory, latch, lost screws, lost bracket for door return, etc... Might have been cheaper to buy a new one!
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Does fixing my flipflops count? The strap came loose on one side so I tucked it back in and superglued it back into place. Then I noticed they are looking rather dirty so I gave them a good clean. Looking almost brand new again. They're just an excellent fit and I wear them around the house all summer.
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Why do people need to heat water if it's already hot?
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Just paid $550 to get a new fan motor on the AC system... now going to get quotes to replace the whole thing... AC is 16 years old...
I hope you tried changing the capacitor first!! A bad cap will just have the motor humming, but not turning.
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If the motor hums but does not turn, you can try to spin the blade. If that starts it running, then the capacitor connecting to the secondary winding is out and needs to be replaced. Note that you can "spin-start" an induction motor in either direction.
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If the motor hums but does not turn, you can try to spin the blade. If that starts it running, then the capacitor connecting to the secondary winding is out and needs to be replaced. Note that you can "spin-start" an induction motor in either direction.
Once I had a fridge with a bad starting current relay, the one that connects the capacitor temporarily to get the motor spinning. Just hooked up a momentary switch to hit to get motor spinning. Even the then GF could handle that. This until I scrounged a current relay from a roadside discarded fridge.
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If the motor hums but does not turn, you can try to spin the blade. If that starts it running, then the capacitor connecting to the secondary winding is out and needs to be replaced. Note that you can "spin-start" an induction motor in either direction.
I recall taking apart some device (can't remember what it was - maybe a cheap cassette player?), and it had some kind of mechanical spring/ratchet or something to force the motor to turn in the right direction. Weird.

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Yes. Synchronous motors used in mechanical timers such as pool motor or water heater timers can self-start running in either direction, hence have a ratchet to force them to go the "right way".
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I have 3 outlets in my basement that need to be GFCI's. Finished 2 of 'em. First took 10 minutes to do. Second one...........2 days. In the interest of brevity I'll just say that second one originally fed some other lights and outlets. Took me quite a while to find a replacement power source, 'coz for the life of me I couldn't figure out that "line vs load" thing!
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I hope you tried changing the capacitor first!! A bad cap will just have the motor humming, but not turning.

They checked it out and said it was 'OK'.... but did replace it when they changed the motor...

I believe the motor should have gone out two years ago.... it was making some really loud squealing noises for a few days off and on... then just went away...
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Just paid $550 to get a new fan motor on the AC system... now going to get quotes to replace the whole thing... AC is 16 years old...
Ouch! $550 for a 16 year old system hurts.
It would have been nice if they had an old used one around that they could have sold you cheaper.
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It pays to shop around. Last week I helped a neighbor. His fancy stainless steel side by side refrigerator quit working. I quick check found that the evaporator fan had bit the dust. I told him to buy a new one and I would install it.

A few days later he called and said the part had arrived, a generic one that he ordered. It cost him $130 from a local parts depot. After I installed it and made sure he was up and running I went home and looked it up online.......it was available online at Amazon for only $28.50!
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Once when I was on an RV trip, my son who lived at home observed that the fridge temperature was rising. He discovered that the fan cooling the condenser coil at the bottom of the fridge had quit. So, he stuck a small deskfan in there, which was about the same size, to wait for my return. This make-shift solution is similar to what Samclem did with his A/C.

The replacement fan cost around $30, from a supply store in town.
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Once when I was on an RV trip, my son who lived at home observed that the fridge temperature was rising. He discovered that the fan cooling the condenser coil at the bottom of the fridge had quit. So, he stuck a small deskfan in there, which was about the same size, to wait for my return.
The (techie) nut doesn't fall far from the tree. Good on him.
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