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Old 07-23-2011, 09:09 AM  
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Old 08-01-2011, 10:26 PM   #136
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I have no idea what that is I just know the fan aint moving
Does the outside unit feel hot? Check the smaller of the two copper tubes coming out of it, if it's really hot then the compressor is still running and it's just the fan that went out.
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Old 08-01-2011, 10:30 PM   #137
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Does the outside unit feel hot? Check the smaller of the two copper tubes coming out of it, if it's really hot then the compressor is still running and it's just the fan that went out.
Turn the system off first right?


Is there anyway I can fix it myself before dying of ****ing heat stroke?
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Old 08-01-2011, 10:31 PM   #138
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Similar-sized rooms with the same amount of ducts? Not really. The room of interest was added on, changing the 3-car garage into 2. It's also the room that's farthest from the forced air unit in the attic. So it could be a combination of poor duct access, 2 windows, distance from the unit, and inadequate insulation. Although I don't even feel air coming from the duct when I'm on the other side of the room.
Ack, I have the same thing going on in a room that was added on to the end of my house. They used that plastic flex duct bullcrap and made about a dozen turns with it and the vents don't blow worth a shit. Luckily the room completely opens up to the main part of the house so it still stays fairly decent. Might try a booster fan if the ductwork to that room is accessible.
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Old 08-01-2011, 10:31 PM   #139
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Old 08-01-2011, 10:33 PM   #140
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Turn the system off first right?


Is there anyway I can fix it myself before dying of ****ing heat stroke?
No, you don't need to turn it off just to feel the refrigerant lines.

But you probably lost either the motor for the fan or the cap that starts it, and either way it isn't something you're going to be able to fix on your own at 11:30 at night unless you keep spare parts laying around.
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Old 08-01-2011, 10:35 PM   #141
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What would happen if I push the fan with a stick?
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Old 08-01-2011, 10:41 PM   #142
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What would happen if I push the fan with a stick?
If it's just the cap that is bad, it may be possible to get the motor going. But once the unit cycles off, you'll have to start it again.

Although with as hot as it is, it may not cycle off for a while. If you do get it going, I'd set your t-stat at 65 degrees and let it go all night.
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Old 08-01-2011, 10:42 PM   #143
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**** it i'm trying it.

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Old 08-01-2011, 10:45 PM   #144
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Old 08-01-2011, 10:47 PM   #145
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Go for it. I'm just not sure you'll be able to give it much of a boost, those things are usually caged off pretty well. I've done it before though.
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Old 08-01-2011, 10:48 PM   #146
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Ack, I have the same thing going on in a room that was added on to the end of my house. They used that plastic flex duct bullcrap and made about a dozen turns with it and the vents don't blow worth a shit. Luckily the room completely opens up to the main part of the house so it still stays fairly decent. Might try a booster fan if the ductwork to that room is accessible.
The booster fan is an interesting idea. I'm also thinking about wiring/installing a ceiling fan to help. I would think about putting a window unit in but it's in the front of our house and I think that looks ghetto. Either way, I'm about to invest some money in a nice TV and plan to spend a lot more time in there and need to get on top of this.

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Old 08-01-2011, 10:50 PM   #147
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Yea I pushed it and got nothing I turned it down to 65 is that going to prevent me from dying?
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Old 08-01-2011, 11:01 PM   #148
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The booster fan is an interesting idea. I'm also thinking about wiring/installing a ceiling fan to help. I would think about putting a window unit in but it's in the front of our house and I think that looks ghetto. Either way, I'm about to invest some money in a nice TV and plan to spend a lot more time in there and need to get on top of this.

Thanks so much, Bug!
Menard's has the booster fans, they're easily installed in any 6" duct. I just put a cord and a plug on mine and let it run 24/7 when it's hot out. It's not like it uses that much electricity and if I burn it up, well I'm only out $20.

Or if you're crafty enough you can wire it up so it only runs when your furnace blower runs.
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Old 08-01-2011, 11:04 PM   #149
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Yea I pushed it and got nothing I turned it down to 65 is that going to prevent me from dying?
Probably not. Without that fan going, your condenser is going to have trouble dissipating heat. And your compressor is likely going to overheat and go into overload at some point.

It's hard to say exactly what the problem is without doing some troubleshooting with a voltmeter. It sucks that I don't live in KC, I could be cleaning up with service calls right about now.
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Old 08-01-2011, 11:17 PM   #150
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Ok one last dumb question. Am I better off for the night running the Tstat at 65 with that mild air blowing or opening up all the windows and have the ceiling fan going?
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