How to Install a Squirrel Cage Fan
If you’ve ever wondered how to install a squirrel cage fan, you’ve come to the right place. This article will cover topics such as disassembling and cleaning the blower unit, how to locate the fan, and correct an out-of-balance wobble. It will also walk you through how to reinstall a squirrel cage fan yourself. Hopefully, these tips will save you from making the mistake of not knowing how to do it.
Disassembling a squirrel cage fan blower unit
Before you can clean the blower motor of your squirrel cage fan, you must disassemble the fan unit. Remove the front panel of the unit to access the blower motor. Once the motor is removed, you can clean the blades using a vacuum cleaner. Make sure to remove the counterweights, which can be tough to remove. Then, remove the motor housing. Replace the counterweights and reinstall the fan.
Usually, the motor is attached to the blower unit by bolts. Unbolt the bracket, and then flip the motor out. The blower motor contains appropriate designed bearings, which are essential to the efficiency of the machine. Choosing a high-quality bearing reduces abrasion and resistance, and enhances centrifugal force. To disassemble a squirrel cage fan blower unit, carefully read and understand the instructions on the back of the motor.
Cleaning a squirrel cage fan blower unit
The first step in cleaning a squirrel cage fan is to remove the front control panel, which can be accessed by unscrewing the two screws and bolts. Once unscrewed, the blower motor can be cleaned using a paintbrush or a wd-40 spray can. To remove the blades, you should remove the counterweights, which may be difficult to remove. After cleaning the motor and blades, reassemble the blower unit, making sure to lubricate it with Emory paper.
You can also clean the air filter, which is located above the blower motor, using a pancake compressor. Once you’ve completed this task, you should shut off the power and disconnect the fan from the air handler unit. Using a screwdriver, disassemble the fan assembly and remove any loose debris. Clean the filter and the cooling coil, which can also become dirty over time. If there is a dirty filter, you should replace it with a new filter.
Correcting out-of-balance wobble
If you have ever installed a squirrel cage fan but it still wobbles, you may need to check the motor shaft first. It is likely out of balance. If so, you will need to add a few pounds to correct the wobble. The weights must be securely fastened and are usually secured by a set screw and three screws through rubber dampeners. You may have to remove the fan assembly and clean it, lubricate it, and reinstall it. If the fan’s blower assembly is seized or warn-out, you may need to replace the blower assembly.
If you suspect that the fan is out-of-balance, you can replace it. You can get a new one for about $50 or $150 by contacting the manufacturer. You can purchase replacement parts from an HVAC supply store or an online retailer. Just be sure to check the motor before you buy it. Sometimes, the belts and pulleys on the home improvement store are bent, warped, or mis-machined.
Locating a squirrel cage fan
There are many options for squirrel cage fans, but if you have trouble finding one, read on to learn how to install them yourself. You will need a fan control panel that controls the speed and direction of the fan. These panels can be purchased for single phase or 3-phase units. Make sure the fan control panel you purchase has overload protection, so it will not overheat or burn out. Finally, you’ll need a good vacuum cleaner and safety gear.
A squirrel cage fan is an industrial-grade ceiling fan that can move air and remove moisture from large spaces. While they are commonly used in warehouses, factories, and large public buildings, they can also be used in attics and garages. These fans are available at many supply companies and trusted retailers. Locating a squirrel cage fan can be difficult, but once you know what to look for, you’ll be glad you did.
Jessica Watson is a PHD holder from the University of Washington. She studied behavior and interaction between squirrels and has presented her research in several wildlife conferences including TWS Annual Conference in Winnipeg.