Ooh...not good! It's never a good thing to have someone tell you your A/C is about to crap out, in Texas, in August. Apparently the condenser fan motor was/is failing as it was making some dying-rabbit-mechanical-death-squeal noise. Even DH with his lousy hearing, could hear it. But it was still running, and cooling....for now.
Sunday evening we went out to disassemble what we could, and get the part# info off of the motor. DH also wanted to shoot some white lithium grease into it if possible. He assured me that it should not be a difficult install.
We took things apart, and got some grease worked down the motor shaft, then reassembled it all. I took pictures of the motor ID plate, so to be certain of buying the right replacement, if I could find one.
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Last night we tackled the replacement job on the motor. The motor was, after all, original to the house, and at least 17 years old. It's been worked like a rented mule! The work to replace it was far simpler than I had expected. (See, DH is the family electrician, and I'm more the family plumber!) It was a straight forward replacement, and it dropped right in.