I can run my air conditioner for 5 to 10 minutes before the outdoor condensing fan motor makes a noise, stops turning, and then I get no cool air. The motor is also hot to the touch. The unit is 10 years old, and just before this happened it was making an "uggh" noise when it ran, and seemed louder than it should be. Can anyone tell me what the problem is, and how much I might be looking at for a repair????
I had a tech tell me last year that the capacitor was drawing too many amps. He was a shady looking dude, and tried to tell me he could swap it out for $. That seemed like way too much,and the air ran fine for another whole summer without a new capacitor. I looked at the capacitor a few days ago and it appeared to look normal, not swollen or misshapen. I'm an aircraft mechanic, and can probably fix this with the right guidance. Anybody wanna help?