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Old 11-05-2018, 09:58 AM   #1
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Help, I'm gonna freeze!

I replaced my hydroflame 8500 lll furnace motor myself about two years ago. Ran great for two winters. A month ago, after getting a pile of mouse bedding out, it's been working perfectly. Last night it started clanking really loud like something came loose and I just turned it off and threw an extra blanket on. I went out this morning and moved a few things and it ran fine for about 15 minutes and then the clanking started again. I tightened up the exhaust tube which had rattled loose but that didn't solve the issue. Any ideas? I'm a fulltimer and cannot find (or afford) a moble mechanic and moving it is next to impossible now that I have a large permanent propane tank installed. Thanks in advance for any ideas, Kathleen
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Fan loose on the blower motor shaft?
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Old 11-05-2018, 10:17 AM   #3
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Fan loose on the blower motor shaft?



Exactly......
Fan is only moving component
Motor is double shaft with 2 fan wheels
One for Room Air and other side for Combustion Air/Exhaust


Open furnace back up, access the fan wheels and tighten them up.


Also make sure no loose debris is present
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Old 11-05-2018, 10:24 AM   #4
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Gotcha, thanks so much. Will go out as soon as it stops pouring outside. Why can't this stuff hapoen on a warm sunny day :( ?
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Do you have 30 or 50 amp power ?? Might need a few radiator style heaters Or is your roof top AC have heat ??
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That is just the perverse nature of inanimate objects....
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Good news bad news

So I found one problem but no idea why it happened. The squirrel cage is destroyed, missing half its fins on one side. Any clue what could have caused it? Just called the local rv dealer and shes calling me back so my guess is they dont have the part. Thank goodness O have a space heater but wont run it at night. Extra blankets again...
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A pile of mouse bedding..............


Squirrel cage missing 1/2 fins.


Those meeces are destructive
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A pile of mouse bedding..............
Or a mouse body . . .
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If a mouse or bedding got into fan, it goes out of balance, clanks and falls apart. It needs to be in balance to work correctly.

You may be able to move some of the blades around to balance the fan (Cage).

With less fins (Blades) it will work less efficiently, but may work until you get the right fan.

I have an older motor home. It has regular lamps in the basement storage areas. I have replaced all the inside lamps with digital, because they use less power, but the old fashioned lamps do generate some heat, so turn them on to keep the basement a tiny bit warmer, if you have regular lamps in them. (If digital, do not bother) This is not for your comfort, but for the plumbing.

Salt water freezes at a lower temperature than fresh water. In an emergency, you may consider this for the traps under your sinks, and your tanks. (Not a good long term plan, but it will help for a single night or two.)

Electric blankets are very efficient use of electric heat, generally speaking.

Good luck.
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Getting furnace parts

If your RV place can't help you then try PPL Motorhome in Texas. They give great customer service. Have used them several times.
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Problem solved with a few glitches

So the rv place did have the correct squirrel cage so made the 40 minute drive in the pouring rain. Luckily it wasn't as cold last night so pups and I were fine. Today dawned sunny so got the part in, made sure nothing was hitting the sides and turned it. Started nice and quiet but never fired up. Argggg are you kidding me? Long story short, the sail switch had gotten bent and after several trys it is now running perfectly... So far that is, gonna get really cold tonight.
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So the rv place did have the correct squirrel cage so made the 40 minute drive in the pouring rain. Luckily it wasn't as cold last night so pups and I were fine. Today dawned sunny so got the part in, made sure nothing was hitting the sides and turned it. Started nice and quiet but never fired up. Argggg are you kidding me? Long story short, the sail switch had gotten bent and after several trys it is now running perfectly... So far that is, gonna get really cold tonight.

Glad you got it working! Next step is to find where those rodents got in and prevent them from getting in again.


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Thanks for letting us know you got it squared away. I hope no further issues arise.
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