How Much Does it Cost to Replace a Condenser Fan Motor

By | November 19, 2022

Condenser fan motor
The average cost to replace a condensing fan motor is roughly 400-500 dollars depending on the HVAC company.

This includes air conditioners and Heat pump units.

A condensing fan motor by itself will cost roughly $75-$150 dollars.
How Much Does it Cost to Replace a Condenser Fan Motor
The reason for the high cost is having an HVAC service technician come out and replace the motor, which is usually around $50 dollars an hour plus the motor price, which is often marked up since they bought it and took it out to your house.

A Start/Run capacitor will also usually be installed but will likely be included in the price.
How Much Does it Cost to Replace a Condenser Fan Motor Start Run Capacitor
Start/Run capacitors are low-cost items, usually $20-$30 dollars.

How Long Does it Take to Replace a Condenser Fan Motor?

An HVAC technician will be able to replace a condensing fan motor within 1-2 hours.

Things such as the HVAC unit’s location and if the tech has parts on hand for the unit will all be a factor in how long it takes.

The distance from the HVAC company should also be considered for drive time.

Can a Condenser Fan Motor Be Replaced by a Homeowner?

For the Do-It-Yourself type of person, replacing a condensing fan motor can be done by a handy type of individual.
Can a Condenser Fan Motor Be Replaced by a Homeowner
Some electrical and mechanical skills will be needed but buying a motor and changing it yourself is really not that hard.

Finding a place to buy the motor may be the hardest part since places like Home Depot and other hardware stores don’t carry condensing fan motors. The best place for a homeowner to buy a condensing fan motor is online at Amazon or eBay.

The way you can tell which motor you will need is by looking at the motor itself for a model number.
How Much Does it Cost to Replace a Condenser Fan Motor 2
Sometimes model numbers will not be able to be found, and a compatible replacement fan motor will have to be used.

HVAC technicians often carry universal motors that depending on how they are wired, can run at different voltages and speeds.

Information Needed To Buy a Condensing Fan Motor

  • Horse power (HP) for example 1/3 or 1/2 HP
  • RPM: for example 1075
  • Voltage: 120 volt or 230/240 volt
  • Amps: such as 5.0 Amps
  • Shaft size for the fan to be taken off the old motor and put on the new motor.

When a condensing fan motor is replaced, a new Start/Run Capacitor should also be installed since a bad one going bad can prematurely wear out your motor.

Start/Run Capacitors are low-cost parts, roughly 20-30 dollars; it is best to always install a new one with a new condensing fan motor.

To buy a new start run capacitor, read the micro-farads (uf) and the voltage.

Have you had a condensing fan motor replaced? Let us know how much it cost you below.

Read Here for A full Guide to Replacing a Condensing Fan Motor.

Category: HVAC how to

About Aaron H. Benetti

Aaron H. Benetti has worked in the HVAC field since 1991. After doing installs for five years, he became an HVAC technician and began to do troubleshooting and repairs. In 2010 he began to write books on HVAC topics, mainly tutorials and how-to information. Aaron writes many articles and posts for websites as well as books and videos on HVAC topics.

5 thoughts on “How Much Does it Cost to Replace a Condenser Fan Motor

  1. Ana

    I was charged $822 dollars for replace condenser fan motor up to 1/2HP.
    Was I overcharged?

    1. Christopher L Zachem

      Yes that sounds 300-400 more then normal. Was it just the fan they replaced or ?

  2. len

    Did I get ripped off this company shows up and does the job without telling me the price then charges me 1300 dollars to replace 2 condenser fan motors and a start kit I think 1300 is a con job can anyone tell me if my gut feeling is right thank you, ripped off

    1. Aaron Post author

      That does sound expensive but it really depends on the area, travel distance, and demand for HVAC techs. Prices always go up in the summer since HVAC techs are in such demand. Where I am located $400-$500 dollars would be the average cost to change out a condensing fan motor.

    2. Doug

      Depending on if the company installed an OEM motor, or authorized factory motor or a standard off the shelf motor. Also did they install new fan blade or mounting bracket? If it was just a generic off the shelf motor and cap with nothing more the 400 is fair. If the unit is on a two story roof then you may pay more too.


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