Symptoms of a Bad or Failing AC Condenser Fan

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Cost of Replacing a Bad or Failing AC Condenser Fan

Common signs include lukewarm air coming from the AC vent, the car overheating while idle, and a burning smell in the car. Our certified technicians can come to you and diagnose the problem. You will receive a $30 credit towards any follow-up repairs that result from the diagnostic. Following are example prices for Car AC Condenser Fan Replacement. Click on the button below to get an upfront quote for your car.

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2011 Hyundai Veracruz $314 $244.38 $70.00 10% $351.88
2006 Honda Accord $160 $89.68 $70.00 19% $197.18
2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse $196 $126.08 $70.00 16% $233.58
2008 Audi A8 Quattro $433 $265.49 $168.00 17% $523.49
2007 Land Rover Range Rover $748 $621.58 $126.00 8% $815.08
2012 Jaguar XF $607 $404.38 $203.00 15% $716.13
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How to Diagnose a Bad or Failing AC Condenser Fan?

Condenser Fan

The AC condenser is the component that converts the refrigerant from a gas to liquid so that it can flow through the AC system. As the condenser basically functions as a heat exchanger for the AC system, a great amount of heat is expelled from it during the conversion from gas to liquid. If the condenser becomes too hot, it will not be able to convert the refrigerant into cooled liquid form required to produce cold air. The AC condenser fan is designed to keep the condenser cool so that it can continue to efficiently convert the gas into liquid, and keep the AC system operating correctly. A defective fan can cause problems with the entire AC system. Usually the vehicle will display a few symptoms when the condenser fan has failed.

1. Lukewarm air

One of the first symptoms that a fan has failed is the air coming from the vent being warm. This problem occurs when the condenser has gotten too hot and is no longer able to convert the refrigerant into cooled liquid form. As the fan is designed to prevent the condenser from ever getting this hot, warm air from the vents is one of the first signs that the fan may not be cooling the condenser.

2. Car overheating while idling

Another symptom that may present itself when the fan has failed is the vehicle overheating while the engine is idling with the AC on. During the conversion process, the AC condenser is able to generate a considerable amount of heat, which can affect the overall engine temperature enough to cause overheating. Usually, the overheating will subside once the vehicle is moving due to the increased airflow and cooling the condenser receives when the vehicle is in motion.

3. Burning smell when the AC is on

Another more serious symptom that the condenser fan has failed is the vehicle beginning to emit a burning odor. When the condenser overheats, all of the components of the AC system will begin to overheat until they eventually get hot enough to burn and emit an odor. The longer the components are overheated the more damage is done. So if a burning smell is detected when the AC is turned on, make sure to have the system inspected as soon as possible.

Because the condenser fan cool such an important part of the AC system it is very important to pay attention to its operation if you find that your AC is not working. A failed fan will not only fail to produce cold air, but can even result in damage to the AC system due to overheating. If you suspect that you are having a problem with the condenser fan, make sure to have the vehicle inspected by a professional technician, such as one from YourMechanic. If necessary, they will be able to replace your AC condenser fan so that your car’s AC system can be repaired.

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William

31 years of experience
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William
31 years of experience
William was prompt, professional and knowledgable. He was a Great listener and answered any and all of our questions and concerns. We felt like our car was in good hands with William. We will request him again.
2007 LEXUS RX350 - AC CONDENSER FAN - LITCHFIELD PARK, ARIZONA

Ben

22 years of experience
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Ben
22 years of experience
This was my first time using Your Mechanic. I've used the same mechanic for over five years but the last few times I have had work on my truck, I felt like I was being greatly over charged. While Googling the newest ailment my truck was presenting, I came across the Your Mechanic website and was intrigued. I was about 80% sure what was wrong with my truck so I requested a quote for what possibly needed fixed. It was a very reasonable price so I went ahead and made an appointment. Ben showed up right on time. I told him what the main issue was and he immediately said that he would definitely check out other factors that could be causing the problem. After he ruled everything else out he got to work on replacing the a/c condenser fan. The job was done within the estimated hour. I will definitely be using Your Mechanic in the future.
2005 DODGE RAM 1500 - AC CONDENSER FAN - NORMAN, OKLAHOMA

Peter

40 years of experience
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Peter
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I really appreciate Pete's mechanical knowledge and willingness to work with customers to get the job done right.
2007 DODGE RAM 1500 - AC CONDENSER FAN - SUN CITY, ARIZONA

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24 years of experience
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24 years of experience
Right on time. Nice guy that answered all my questions. Only issue was hat he needed an electrical hookup that I did not know about. There was a Stripes close by and was able to us their plug.
2007 DODGE RAM 1500 - AC CONDENSER FAN - TEXAS CITY, TEXAS

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