Is your car ready for summer? Other than a tiptop cooling system to prevent engine overheating, your vehicle also needs a high-quality A/C assembly equipped with complete parts down to the A/C condenser fan-to keep you from overheating! Various components are involved in the A/C's operation, but the actual dissipation of heat from your car cabin happens in the condenser, a radiator-like device through which warm air passes for cooling. And, that cooling is provided by the condenser fan.
The condenser fan is nothing special. Its job is to dissipate the heat in the refrigerant coming from your car A/C compressor, reducing the heat for another cycle of heat collection in your car cabin. Just like any other fan, it's made up of a motor and several blades. The motor is the component that operates the fan through the power coming from the battery, while the blades are the actual parts that spin to push or pull in air through the coils of the condenser. The blades are made either from aluminum or steel, and they come in several numbers (from six to eight).
The a/c condenser fan is a pretty durable component, but there are also instances when it fails. The blades could break, causing insufficient air supplied to the condenser coils. If this is not monitored earlier on, the broken parts of the blades could even damage other components. At other instances, the blades are simply stuck, not spinning despite the power coming from the fan motor. Sometimes, the motor, relay, and other electrical connections can get damaged, causing an interruption in the power supply to the fan parts.
It's very important to pay attention to any sign of fan damage because this can lead to serious problems such as car overheating. The first sign that will tell you of a problem with the A/C is zero or little cooling inside your vehicle cabin. Most people immediately attribute problems like this to their auto ac compressors, but that doesn't always have to be the case. Sometimes, you'll realize that the fan is simply not spinning, so the collected heat from the cabin is not dissipated and remains in the system.
If you notice a problem in your car that is similar to the one mentioned above, remember to do a thorough check. Inspect each A/C component carefully to determine the culprit and the necessary solution. If you find that it's the condenser fan causing the problem, you have two options. If the damaged part can be isolated, like the blades, you can simply replace the said part. But, if the failing component cannot be isolated, you may have to get a new and complete A/C condenser fan altogether. You can find what you need here at Parts Train.