Depending on the age of your AC system, it may have a belt.
Most older AC systems have a belt. It’s found inside the condenser unit where it helps to power the condenser fan. Belts, of course, can fail.
If your AC system’s condenser belt has failed, it may lead to an uncomfortably hot home for you and your family.
How the Condenser Belt Works
The condenser belt typically consists of a serpentine belt. It’s found inside the condenser unit of older AC systems.
Assuming your AC system has a condenser belt, it will spin while your AC is running. Running the AC will power up the condenser fan motor, which is connected to the fan itself. As the condenser belt spins, it will engage the fan.
Why the Condenser Belt Is Important
All condenser units need a fan.
As you may know, the condenser unit is a large outdoor installed box that houses several essential AC system parts. It contains the condenser coil, the compressor and the condenser fan. The condenser fan is responsible for removing heat from the condenser coil.
To cool your home, your AC system must collect heat from the inside of your home and transfer it to the condenser coil.
It performs this task using refrigerant. Refrigerant will absorb heat, and as it travels to the condenser coil, it will release this heat with the assistance of the condenser fan. The condenser fan will blow air over the condenser coil, thus allowing the heat to quickly dissipate.
For the removal of heat to occur, the condenser fan must be engaged.
If the condenser fan’s blades remain stagnant and don’t turn, air won’t move over the condenser coil – at least not fast enough to effectively remove heat. This is where the condenser belt comes into play. The condenser belt connects the fan motor to the fan itself.
Not All AC Systems Have a Condenser Belt
It’s important to note that not all AC systems have a condenser belt.
Belts are most commonly found in older AC systems. Newer AC systems typically have bearings, instead. Bearings are designed to connect the condenser motor to the fan. While they serve the same purpose as belts, they are less likely to fail.
If your AC system has a failed condenser belt, you’ll need to get it replaced or upgrade your AC system to a newer model.
If you are experiencing a problem with your air conditioning or heating call us at 512-336-1431 to schedule an appointment. We’ll be glad to come out and take a look at the issue.
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