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Old 03-18-2023, 04:29 PM   #1
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1993 Seabreeze 31: Good news, bad news, need some advice

I bought a classic 1993 31' Seabreeze in Sep 2022 with 70K miles, and it has been wonderful for the most part. All systems have worked well. Tires we could see from the side were 14 years old, and the inners were probably older. Immediately replaced them. Everything seems to work very well, except part of one thing...

My propane heater worked fine, and the fridge works fine on propane, and the gas stove works fine. In just the last couple of weeks, when I turn on the heater, it works great for sometimes days, and then makes a horribly loud screeching then growling sound. Then it pops the button on the side of the motor (as accessed from the outside panel).

What should I do? Repair, replace, use a Mr. Buddy? Another option I haven't thought of? Don't know what it might cost for repair or replace, so if you have an idea...

Thanks in advance!
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Old 03-18-2023, 05:17 PM   #2
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You probably need a new fan motor, but we could help more if we knew the brand and model of your furnace
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Old 03-18-2023, 05:58 PM   #3
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At our dealership we replaced many motors for this problem. The bearings are not very good. It is not a hard job if you are even slightly mechanically inclined.
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Old 03-19-2023, 11:28 AM   #4
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Bad fan motor?

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You probably need a new fan motor, but we could help more if we knew the brand and model of your furnace
My heater is a Hydro Flame Excalibur 8535-II

Looks like a good video showing how to replace motor, if that is the problem...
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The motor is one of the very few moving parts of a furnace, your description sounds like bad bearings. It has to come out for repair, then open it up and spin the fan. From that you should know if the motor is the problem.
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