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Robert, RV Mechanic
Category: RV
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Experience:  18 yrs. RV experience including Cummins North West, Country Coach, Monaco Coach - vendor certified.
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The rooftop air conditioning unit on our rv has started to

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The rooftop air conditioning unit on our rv has started to make a noise upon startup. When the ac kicks on, it sounds like a grinding, squealing sound, reminiscent of someone takin a rake and slamming it against the side of a slick painted stucco building,
and dragging it down. It does this for about 5 seconds, goes away, is quiet as a church mouse and cools great. What is wrong with it?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: RV
Expert:  Robert replied 2 years ago.

Hi my name is Robert...

Few things I would look at.... First go topside and remove the shroud for the AC, be careful as well sometimes bees and wasps like to make nests under the cover. You will see the blades for the fan motor, make sure the fan spins freely. IF it starts at start up then I suspect the fan motor is the problem and would need to be replaced. One other thing I would check is to make sure the mounting bolts for the AC did not loosen up, if they did the AC unit would be very noisy. Pull down the inside shroud and you will see 4 or 5 very long bolts running up into the AC units. If they are loose snug them up and then put about 4 turns on each bolt, you do not want to crank down on them. I suspect on your issue if it is only doing it at start up the fan motor might be going out but will have to get up on the roof and inspect make sure the fan blade is not hitting anything... Hope this helps some... Robert

Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Now it is also making it for just a second when it shuts off as well.
Expert:  Robert replied 2 years ago.


Sounds like the fan motor if it is happening when it turns on and shuts off, but I would verify the mounting bolts are snugged up. There is a torque on the bolts and it is only about 12" lbs, not ft lbs. Many times the bolts can loosen up to the point you can spin them back in with your fingers, so I would check that and then I suspect the fan motor is at fault, make sire nothing is coming into contact with the fan blades.... Robert

Customer: replied 2 years ago.
The squirrel cage is very stiff. Is there a way to service these things?
Expert:  Robert replied 2 years ago.


If it is squealing then it most likely is the bearing in the fan motor, what you can try is get some silicone spray and spray down the shaft for the fan and see if that helps quite things down at all, the motor should be able to be replaced if needed..... Hope this helps... Robert