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Question DetailsAsked on 8/31/2017

What is the cost of Blower/fan replacement for Trane AC/Frunace AUD1C080A9H41BB, American Standard condenser?

AC Blower doesn't come on - nor does just fan. Control panel has been replaced and blower is getting power. Repair man said $800 for the motor - part only. Is that reasonable?

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You say control panel - do you mean the main board, or the motor control module (which is round can-like and mounts on the end of the motor) and actually controls the motor. I would hate to have you replacing things willy-nilly till it works, rather than having a proper diagnosis to find the actual problem - though unfortunately the replace-till-I-find-it is getting to be more the norm with repair people these days because they have little or no diagnosis training or experience.


If the control board is putting out the right signals / voltages then it should not need replacement. The motor can be tested with a test lead and variable speed controller to see if it is able to turn at the different speeds it is supposed to (continuously variable speed), which if it does then the motor control module (about $400) would likely be the problem and commonly is - because it controls and feeds the vairable power to the motor for the different speeds, and there is also usually about a $80 motor protection board which cuts power if it will damage the motor, so the motor itself is not as often the problem until it gets quite old (commonly going 15-20 years).


Otherwise, if jumpering the motor does not make it turn properly, it is about $600 OEM part cost for just the motor itself (about 1/2 that aftermarket parts which typically do not last anywhere as long) - so I don't know if the tech was quoting that plus about 1/3 markup, or if he was saying the entire motor/control module/blower fan assembly costs $800. Whether that is what he is going to charge you or if that is without markup might be a question to ask too - I found a couople of price quotes of $770-810 for the OEM complete motor/blower assembly (retail price, so he might be looking at that price but actually buying it for about 15-20% less at wholesale, or might be planning on adding a markup to that) so that might be what he was talking about. You need to ask.


Labor for the replacement, assuming easy accessibility to the unit - including testing after installation, probably 2 hours work so typically around $200-300, but up to double that in a very few very highk priced urban areas (mostly around NYC Manhattan and pricier suburbs, Boston, Frisco).

Answered 1 year ago by LCD




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