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 may 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, 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.
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.