I checked, it's not, but it smells like the heat is on, it doesn't seem to be blowing much air and it's definitely not cold, just cool. It's ancient, like 20 years old I think. My A/C appears below
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I think you're correct on the locked rotor? I went out back, and do you see the blades of the fan on the top of the unit? They aren't moving! That heat smell was something burning I think. I'm assuming that fan pulls air in?
Sorry I've been gone....it's more than likely the capacitor thus the reason the fan is not running. The smell is still a mystery though because the outdoor unit has nothing to do with the indoor air accept that it helps make it cold.
The landlord came over yest and oiled the fan which made it work for another 24 hours. It stopped running again at like 0400. No smell though. He's coming back to fix it, I'll look for the dome after he leaves lol. THANK YOU!!! your awesome!
I was afraid of that. Thankfully, we rent the house, so the landlord is coming over to take a look at it. Unfortunately, he's Mr. Fix-it, and tends to botch all of his repair attempts. If it's the compressor, hopefully he'll have to call an HVAC guy.
The fan would still run. If you look inside the service panel you'll see an aluminum part similar to a 9 volt battery but round or oval...if the top is domed, it's bad and cheap and easy to fix.
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No doubt the compressor is important but if it's hermetic, there's nothing to do but replace it. However, if the fan is not spinning, then either the fan is shot or the capacitor is bad 99.9% of the time. NOTE: These are just ideas.
Apparently the landlord said he was going to replace the fan motor today. He got it running again after it quit yesterday. It seems to be running fine at the moment.
Actually no it wasn't broken. The fan needed to be replaced.