Why is My AC On but My Fan is not Working?

Summer heat can be pretty intense, and having an efficiently running air conditioner can get you some relief. If you turn your AC on and you hear the system start, but your fan doesn’t start outside, there is a problem. Like everything else, your AC can break down, leaving you to sweat while you look for a trustworthy HVAC repair company to help you with your concerns. If this situation sounds familiar, keep reading to know what you can do to fix the problem.


Reasons Why Your AC Fan Isn’t Running:

There could be many reasons your outside AC fan might not be running. Some can be minor, but there can also be prominent issues. Regardless of the reason, many of these air conditioner problems need to be approached from a professional. If you don’t have the right equipment and expertise, leave this specialized task to the pros. 

But to help you understand what could be going wrong, here are some common reasons your AC fan isn’t running: 

  • There is a lack of maintenance or timely HVAC repairs
  • The fan might not be getting enough power due to loose or disconnected wiring
  • Constant exposure to outside elements might have damaged the unit’s capacitor
  • The fan motor broke down and would need instant repair or replacement
  • Contactors can also burn out, causing many parts of the system to breakdown
  • The fan’s belt could be broken, restricting the spinning of the fan
  • Fan blades can be bent, loosened, crack, or get damaged with regular wear and tear
  • Dirty or faulty fan bearings might require fresh lubricant or a quick replacement
  • Your air conditioner is old and might need to be replaced


If you aren’t confident in your capabilities to troubleshoot these issues yourself, schedule an expert visit today.


Here are a few quick fixes you can try yourself:

  • Clean the fan axle and remove any debris hindering the fan’s movement. In fact, keep the area around your HVAC system as clean as possible to avoid any component malfunctioning.
  • Make sure the thermostat isn’t turned off, and the circuit breaker isn’t tripped. Reset these, and you might fix the fan issue.
  • Check for and change or clean dirty air filters, as accumulating dirt can cause problems to many components of the air conditioner.
  • A faulty motor, bad capacitor, contactor issues, and broken fan blades or belt issues are best left to experts. One wrong move can affect your entire HVAC system. 


For everything else, contact a licensed HVAC repair specialist to inspect and address our particular AC problem thoroughly.


Looking For Professional Assistance? We Can Help.

At Blount Heating and Cooling, we have an expert team of HVAC techs available to identify AC problems and repair and/or replace the damaged components. If you’ve got an issue with your AC fan that seems beyond your understanding, we’ve got you covered. Call us at (706) 548-6933 to schedule your appointment right away.