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frankleibo 05-31-2011 10:04 PM

AC Compressor Fan Motor Wiring
Replacing ac compressor fan motor. Old motor was a 20+ year old GE motor with 3 wires. From the motor: Black wire went to contact relay. Purple wire went to one lead of capacitor. Brown wire went to other lead of capacitor. There was a blue striped wire that also went into one of the capacitor leads. but wasn't from the motor. New motor is Wagner 840729. Can't figure out wiring. I am thinking the two brown wires should go to the leads of the new run cap. The blue striped wire attaches to one of the cap leads. Yellow and black go into contact. Did I get this right?

hvactech126 05-31-2011 10:18 PM

what does the striped wire go to? everything else you said is correct

frankleibo 06-01-2011 05:58 AM

the striped wire is coming from the black box attached to the compressor. in the old configuration the wire was pigtailed to the run cap with the other end directly to line power.

also, can i attach the yellow wire to the contactor relay by the push on lug terminla or does it have to go under a screw terminal.

hvactech126 06-01-2011 06:31 AM

connect the striped with the yellow to the contactor and yes you can use a spade connection.

frankleibo 06-01-2011 06:54 AM

Thanks for the help. Sorry to be a pest here, just want to make sure I am clear on this blue striped wire because my gut instinct is to rewire it the way it was before which would mean I would attach it to the cap. In the old and new config I am using a run capacitor just of appropriate size to drive the fan motor. Why does the blue striped wire now go to the contactor instead of the capacitor as it did in the previous config?

hvactech126 06-01-2011 01:39 PM

the previous config used the the common wire from the contactor to the cap there by actually being connected to the contactor, the new config uses no wire directly from the contactor to the capacitor

frankleibo 06-01-2011 05:29 PM

just wired as you suggested and heard a single clicking noise from the compressor and fan did not start....

hvactech126 06-01-2011 06:38 PM

can you take a picture of your wiring....

frankleibo 06-01-2011 06:47 PM

i'm thinking there might be some other problem. after trying what you suggested I decided to wire similar to my original configurations....the black wire with blue stripe wired to the cap and the yellow wire to the contactor. when i did this the unit behaved just as it did before i replaced any parts. that is, the compressor sounded like it kicked on and was trying to do its thing but the fan did not run and the unit got very hot very fast. at this point i killed the power.

i do have some folks coming out to give me estimates on a new ac. this is probably a 20-30 year old system that looks to be 100% original. I was just hoping to do a quick hold me over fix until i got a new system installed. what do you think?

hvactech126 06-01-2011 06:49 PM

need to see how its wired...

frankleibo 06-01-2011 07:19 PM

6 Attachment(s)
Picture Key:

1. Full exterior shot.
2. Wires coming out of new fan motor. Yellow, Black, Brown, Brown Stripe
3. New fan motor capacitor. Currently wired with brown and brown stripe wire from fan motor. You can also see the blue striped wire that I have attached to the cap.
4. Shot of the 3 system capacitors.
5. Another capacitor shot.
6. Contactor relay. You can see the yellow wire from fan motor, the black wire from the fan motor (the one with the new looking red crimp connector). In this shot you can also see the pigtailed blue stripe wire.

frankleibo 06-01-2011 07:25 PM

3 Attachment(s)
Picture Key:

7. Wide shot so you can see where the blue striped wire is coming from.
8. Another close up of blue striped wire
9. The other end of the blue striped pigtail.

hvactech126 06-01-2011 08:04 PM

You have a very old GE condenser. The black wire from the fan and the striped wire from the compressor go to opposite incoming wire as what goes to contactor. Yellow to contactor... brown and brown/white to opposite sides of new capacitor. This should get the fan running....

frankleibo 06-01-2011 08:28 PM

OK, the good news....wired as you said in previous the fan going...made me happy for a second.

the bad news....major smoke coming from the contactor relay....killed power before I burned the house down.

hvactech126 06-01-2011 08:33 PM

hmmm that doesn't make any sense! Sounds like it might be a sign.......

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