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billnc:
Oh the trouble that happens when money is tight.

I have a Trane gas pack and the indoor blower motor stopped working.  I had a prepaid service call in my pocket from my local HVAC guy.  He came out and determined that the indoor blower motor was fried.  I saw the capacitor reading ok, so I had confidence that he was telling me the truth.

It was to cost $410 to replace the blower motor.  About the going rate, but I simply didn't have it.

I knew where the local Trane parts dealer was, so I got the proper numbers and came home with the right motor.

I got the old motor out, got the new motor in, but here is where the plot thickens.

The old motor had 5 wires.  These included
#1 A ground wire
#2 A purple wire going to the capacitor
#3 A brown wire going to the other terminal of the capacitor
#4 A red wire going to a 4 post terminal of some sort where 3 other wires are attached.
#5 A black wire which was taped off & not attached.

As best I can tell the red & black wires were for fan speed choices. The schematic showed that either the red or the black could be attached to the terminal.

The new motor has 8 wires.  These include
#1 A ground wire
#2 & #3 - two same color wires which are to go to the capacitor
#4 thu #7 - Red, black, yellow, blue wires which are various speed wires
#8 A White Common wire

I was guessing to attach the black wire (High speed) to the post where the former red wire was attached.

I have no idea where to attach the White common wire.  The old motor didn't have one.

I can't get the thing to work and I know my HVAC guy will STILL want $400, even though I've already bought the new $100 motor.

In fooling around with the wiring, the unit clicked once, and now there doesn't seem to be any power available at all.  I can't find a tripped circuit breaker & I didn't know whether or not there was some internal fuse that I've blown & what it would look like.  And again, I don't know where to connect the White common wire.

Any help would be greatly, greatly appreciated.

Thanks so much, in advance.

- Bill

Trane - YCC024A1LOBA

RegUS_PatOff:
something is missing on your old motor wiring numbers.

There needs to be another connection to the voltage, common...
Do you have some part numbers from both motors ?

JWWebster:
 EDIT: Earlier I read your question wrong. I was thinking this was a condenser motor. Your question about the white wire really is simple. The new motor has two brown wires going to the capacitor. One of those brown wires has a white stripe on it. It is the same as the purple wire. Put it on the capacitor on the terminals marked COMMON. The other brown wire goes to the capacitor terminal marked FAN. Hook red and red green to ground(chasis) tape off all the other wires from each other and the ground.

Repair-man:
There's no contactor.

More than likely, your friendly AC guy snipped and taped the wires, particularly the black hi-speed wire, since he said the motor had "fried". My contention is that the black wire at one time also went to one side of the relay where the red heater speed wire is connected. Usually this is a standard 90-340 relay.

Wire as follows:

Black to the n/o terminal on the fan relay (see furnace diagram on door)
White to any white common connection on the furnace (transformer i.e.) if this is a Gas furnace. Otherwise the white wire goes to L2 if this is a 240 volt electric air handler.
Red to n/c terminal on the relay. The low speed is powered thru a separate fan/limit control, but connects at the same relay as the black.

The 2 brown wires naturally go to the capacitor terminals, and it does not matter which one goes where, just match the new capacitor rating to what is called for on the new motor box, as different motors usually take different run caps. Tape the other leads (yellow, blue, etc. out of the way)

JWWebster:
The new motor has 2 brown wires that go to the capacitor. One of them wires has a white stripe on it. That brown wire with the white stripe is the same as your old motor's purple wire. tape off the white wire and disregard it. Connect the red wire where the old motors red wire was . bolt the green ground wire to the frame. The brown wire without a white stripe goes to the capacitor terminal marked "FAN" Tape off any remaining speed wires so they will not short out against each other or the frame.

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