How to Safely Remove the Squirrel Cage From a Blower Motor
If your squirrel cage blower isn’t performing its function, you may need to replace it. Here are some tips to help you safely remove the cage from your blower motor. Also, read this article for reasons why your cage blower may not be performing its function. Finally, get a quote for blower motor replacement from a professional. Read on to learn more about this DIY project!
Getting access to a squirrel cage blower
If the squirrel cage blower is having problems, you may have to repair the motor. In order to do this, you need access to the motor. A nut driver is an important tool to get access to the motor. Unscrew the center board nuts and remove the screws holding the blower motor assembly in place. This will let you safely remove the motor. Make sure to replace worn out pulley wheels.
Next, remove the upper metal bracket holding the cage in place. Once you have removed the bracket, you will be able to remove the motor and the front grille. The front grille is held in place by two screws on the motor shaft. Make sure to use WD-40 or moly grease on the shaft. Once you have removed the back cover, unscrew the screws holding the front grille. Once the fan is free, clean it with a damp rag. If necessary, replace the two screws in the hand hold area.
Reasons why a squirrel cage blower may not perform its function
If the squirrel cage blower is not performing its function, you may need to replace it. This blower is located inside the air handler assembly and collects and directs the air to the ducts. If you hear a scraping noise when the blower is on, it may be rust or loose parts. Make sure to tighten the screws and replace any broken parts immediately. The pulley wheel may be worn out, so replace it with a new one that has the same size and shape.
Squirrel cage fans are also used in commercial buildings and for ventilation. They can move air and remove moisture from large spaces, making them a great alternative to large HVAC systems. They are an effective way to provide ventilation in garages, workshops, and attics. They can be purchased from many supply companies and trusted retailers. If you’re not sure which type of squirrel cage blower you need, here are some reasons why it may not perform its function.
Safely removing the squirrel cage from a blower motor
The squirrel cage for a blower motor is an excellent way to save energy. While it has a clever design, this type of blower motor can become damaged or stop working altogether. Here’s how to safely remove the cage from a blower motor. Use a nut driver to loosen screws in the center board and remove the nuts holding the blower motor assembly in place. The motor has a series of wires that need to be disconnected to safely remove the cage.
Once you have found the culprit, safely remove the motor and squirrel cage from the frame. You may notice that the air circulation in the room is reduced. A dirty squirrel cage can cause solid ice to form on the cooling coil. You can clean it with a vacuum, but if the cage has become rusted, it may be time to replace the blower assembly altogether. If the squirrel cage fan no longer spins freely, you may want to consider replacing the whole motor.
Getting a professional quote for a blower motor replacement
After removing the squirrel cage and determining that the blower motor is broken, the next step is to get a professional quote for replacement. This service will involve removing the motor to the floor and inspecting the components inside. It may take about 1.5 to 2.5 hours, and a technician will need to replace the motor, inspecting and testing it for proper operation before leaving. The cost of the work will also depend on the type of motor you have. There are two basic types of blower motors: single-speed and dual-speed.
The cost of a new blower motor varies greatly. You can expect to pay anywhere from $150 to $1,500 depending on how bad the problem is. A replacement blower motor will cost more than twice as much, and the labor will also be higher. A blower motor replacement can also be more expensive than a repair, since the AC blower motor carries hot air, while the furnace’s blower motor carries cold air.
How do you remove the squirrel cage from a blower motor?
Carefully unscrew the cage from the motor using a screwdriver.
How do you know if the squirrel cage needs to be removed?
If the cage is damaged or dirty it needs to be removed.
What is a squirrel cage?
The squirrel cage is the part of the blower motor that contains the blades that create airflow.
Why do you need to remove the squirrel cage?
You need to remove the squirrel cage so that you can clean or replace it.
What is the first step in removing the squirrel cage?
The first step is to unplug the motor from the power source.
What is the second step in removing the squirrel cage?
The second step is to remove the screws that hold the cage in place.
What is the third step in removing the squirrel cage?
The third step is to carefully pull the cage away from the motor.
What is the fourth step in removing the squirrel cage?
The fourth step is to clean or replace the cage as needed.
What is the fifth step in removing the squirrel cage?
The fifth step is to screw the cage back into place.
What is the sixth step in removing the squirrel cage?
The sixth step is to plug the motor back in and turn it on.
What should you do if the cage is damaged?
If the cage is damaged you should replace it.
What should you do if the cage is dirty?
If the cage is dirty you should clean it.
How often should you remove the squirrel cage?
You should remove the squirrel cage as needed depending on how often the motor is used.
What are the consequences of not removing the squirrel cage?
If the cage is not removed the motor will not work properly and may overheat.
Is it difficult to remove the squirrel cage?
No it is not difficult to remove the squirrel cage.
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.