Last summer, when the temps got really hot in Central Cal. (102+), our fan on the condenser would stop running but the compresser and the inside fan would continue to run. HVAC tech diagnosed bad condenser fan motor. He changed motor and capacitor (originally had one round cap with 3 terminals, now has an additional oval cap with 2 terminals). Worked good but made excessive fan noise. He exchanged motor and changed blade. Noise was still louder than original, but tollerable. HVAC guy said there was nothing more he could do. OK....Functionally the system worked fine, even through those really hot days. Fast forward to last week when temps got to 106 here, SAME THING. After shutting unit off for 20 minutes and re starting, it would work OK until it got really hot again. I have sprinkler set up to spray the condenser and try to keep it cooler, wich has worked so far (fan motor cutting out due to excessive temp??).... Another HVAC guy says motor may be bad again, needs to check it out...Could the motor be bad already? Any advice to help not having to pay for the same repairs again would help...unit is Zephyr by RUUD, model EADC-048JAS in 1500 sq ft home, both new in yr 2000.
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