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Why are there wires sticking out above the condenser fan motor?
Wednesday, July 13, 2022
The wires are unsafe and should not be there. They are the rotation leads, and carry 240-volts of electricity. The wires are “live” most of the time, even when the fan is not running. They are a shock hazard and required to be protected from weather deterioration and mechanical damage, and the wire connections should be made in the integral junction box/wiring compartment that was part of the UL-listing of the equipment at time of manufacture.
This happens when a lazy air conditioning tech changes out the fan motor. It just takes a few more minutes of work to secure the wires correctly below the fan grille. We always call this defect out for repair during a home inspection, and it’s one we see pretty often.
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