As the Washington D.C. summer approaches, it brings the heat and humidity we've all come to expect. Making sure your Air Conditioner is ready for the season is time and money well spent. However, not many technicians are ready for what recently happened with my own AC unit.
I turned the system on to cool off the house Tuesday afternoon, but found that the comfort level wasn't where it should have been after about 30 minutes. So I checked the vents and realized that no cold air was being produced. I went downstairs, checked the air handler, filter and breaker box. All seemed to be okay.
Then I took a look at the outside unit and noticed that the fan wasn't spinning. It would start, make half a revolution and stop, then start again. That wasn't okay.
Outside, I noticed that a black piece of rope, or rubber, or something was protruding about 4-6 inches out of the fan. Upon closer inspection, I saw that it was a dead snake, with it's head poking out from within the AC unit!
I pulled the outside breaker and removed the screws that hold the fan portion to the body of the unit. Once I was able to lift the assembly, I realized that the snake had wrapped itself around the base of the fan, causing the unit to run improperly. I unwound the snake, a total of 3 feet, pulled it from the top of the fan unit and reassembled it to the base.
How about it HVAC guys, I'm sure you've got some stories to top this. Let's hear 'em!