It should come as no surprise that the cost for replacing an air conditioner’s blower motor is quite high. How much it costs exactly usually boils down to four main factors: The type of motor, torque, speed, and power usage, the brand, and other factors that may arise during installation. That being said, the cost to replace a blower motor usually runs between $499 and $1,875.
The Factors, Examined
Motor Type: There are many kinds of HVAC motors. However, most air conditioning units use what’s called a permanent split capacitor, or PSC for short. These, unfortunately, are not the best or most efficient motors on the market. Electronically commutated motors, or ECM for short, are increasingly more popular due to their energy efficiency and reduced need for maintenance. They are, however, more expensive than their PSC counterparts. While the initial cost of an ECM may be high, it will lead to additional savings as time goes on. ECMs typically cost $1499 to $1875; PSCs are $499 to $625.
Torque, Speed, and Power Usage: While motors may be constructed differently, there are similarities when it comes to torque, speed, and power usage. However, more expensive models may have more torque, offer different speeds, and have more efficient power usage.
Brand: As with most things, some brands are more expensive than others. Common brands include A.O. Smith, Manetek, Emerson, General Electric, and Fasco. The technician who works on your motor replacement will be able to tell you which type of motor you need for your system.
Other Factors: Depending on where the motor is situated in your unit, you may have higher or lower labor costs. For instance, if it’s in a hard-to-reach location, labor costs may be higher. There may also be other issues that pop up during the installation that could potentially drive up the cost.
Some of the more common issues with AC motors include low voltage to the motor, loose wires or broken hook-ups, bad sensors and control switches, worn or seized motor bearings, a noisy or slow-moving blower, and a dirty blower. If you suspect any of these issues, it’s worth having a professional technician come in and get your unit back to what it should be doing.
If you’re in need of help with your air conditioning unit, it’s important that you contact the professionals at Baylor Heating & Air Conditioning. We specialize in air conditioning repair and maintenance, so we can pinpoint exactly what the issue is and how much it will cost to replace or repair your blower motor.
Why do You Need an AC?
An air conditioner can provide relief from extreme temperatures and make the environment inside your home more comfortable. Air conditioners can also help keep your home free of allergens like pollen, dust mites, and pet dander that can cause respiratory problems. With an AC, you can maintain a consistent temperature throughout the day regardless of outdoor weather conditions and humidity levels.
Additionally, air conditioners help to remove excess moisture from the air, which can prevent mold and mildew growth that can damage furniture and other materials inside your home. Having an AC also helps reduce noise pollution from outside sources like traffic and neighbors. With a properly working unit, you can enjoy a peaceful living environment indoors.
Signs Your AC is Failing
1. Unusual Noises – If you hear grinding, buzzing, or other strange noises coming from your AC unit it could be a sign that components are worn out and need to be replaced.
2. Weak Airflow – Weak airflow could mean that the fan motor is going bad or there is an obstruction in one of the ducts.
3. Unpleasant Odors – When the air coming from your AC unit smells musty or has an unpleasant odor, it could be a sign that mold or mildew is growing inside the unit and needs to be addressed.
4. High Energy Bills – If you have noticed a sudden spike in your energy bills, it may be due to your AC unit working harder than usual as it struggles to maintain the desired temperature.
5. Insufficient Cooling – If you have noticed that your home is not getting cooled enough even when the thermostat is set to a lower temperature, it could indicate that the unit is failing and needs to be serviced.
6. High Humidity – If your home is unusually humid, it could mean that the AC unit is not working properly and needs to be serviced or replaced.
Contact Baylor Heating & Air Conditioning For Assistance
At Baylor Heating & Air Conditioning, we’ve been keeping Evansville, IN, homes comfortable and safe since 1984. If you have a faulty AC blower motor, don’t ignore the issue and hope it will fix itself (it won’t). Make us your first call at 812.425.8435.