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Old 10-27-2013, 01:02 PM   #1
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Condenser fan replacement

anyone ever have to replace condenser fan in basement unit on Journey

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Old 10-28-2013, 12:30 AM   #2
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What year is the Journey?

It's a pretty common problem with the basement units, to have Outdoor Blower (condenser) problems. The Journey uses the the same, or nearly the same unit as my '04 Chieftain. I had to replace mine in the summer of '08.

On the '05 and earlier models, the squirrel cage is metal and they will loosen up and or crack. If the Journey is '06 or later, it should have a composite plastic squirrel cage that should not need replacing. The bearing on the Outdoor blower is sintered brass and they wear out, mainly because they don't get the required few drops of oil each year. I've found a sealed ball bearing replacement the will last a lifetime.

I wrote a procedure with photos that documents the removal and repair process. Many forum member have found it quite practical to do the repair yourself. Here's a link to the pdf document.
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Old 10-29-2013, 06:47 AM   #3
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Thank you Duner, but I think you are referring to the evaporator fan or squirrel cage as it is often referred to.. I am talking about the condenser fan that is located at the rear on a diesel pusher. It is not a roof top or a dash unit.. I'm told I have to drop the whole unit down to access the fan.

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The condenser fan and evaporator fan is located inside the heat pump that is mounted on the passenger side rear of my Journey

I had to drop the unit to get to them. Not to difficult following Duner's instructions.
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Hey Duner,
I was a little quick on my rely. You have some excellent pictures of removal of basement unit..
It's my sons 07 Journey and I'm trying to help him out..
We should be able to get to the condenser fan from there.

Many thanks on a good reply and the pic's are very helpful.

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Hey Duner,
I was a little quick on my rely. You have some excellent pictures of removal of basement unit..
It's my sons 07 Journey and I'm trying to help him out..
We should be able to get to the condenser fan from there.

Many thanks on a good reply and the pic's are very helpful.

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Everything in the RVP documents refer to indoor or outdoor coils & blowers. I can never remember which is which regarding evap/cons coils.

I've read that many indoor blower problems is in the start-up circuit and that is accessible from the front without pulling the whole unit. You have described the symptoms of the problem, so not sure what's happening. There is an upgraded "hard start" kit available too.

So if you do pull the unit out, the ' 07 should have the newer squirrel cage. But you need to replace or at least check closely and lube both of the brass bearings.
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Evaporator coil is indoor. As the refrigerant "evaporates", which is actually changing from a liquid to a gas, it absorbs heat.
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In my previous post I left out the "not" in a statement to OP ...... You have not described the symptoms of the problem, so not sure what's happening.

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Evaporator coil is indoor. As the refrigerant "evaporates", which is actually changing from a liquid to a gas, it absorbs heat.
But then in Heat mode the evaporator is putting out heat, not absorbing heat. Does that make it a condensing coil in heat mode?
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In my previous post I left out the "not" in a statement to OP ...... You have not described the symptoms of the problem, so not sure what's happening.



But then in Heat mode the evaporator is putting out heat, not absorbing heat. Does that make it a condensing coil in heat mode?
Yes, the flow of refrigerant is reversed. The evaporating coil and condensing coil are merely radiators.
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