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Replacing squirrel cage blower

Due to our location, Soleus will not honor warranty on my split system a/c, KFR-1200. They have sent me a replacement squirrel cage for the air handler. (Original cage was damaged by loose piece of metal.) Can anyone advise me how to get the squirrel cage out and the new one in? Thanks.

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You have to take blower out by removing the 2 screws that is holding it ,then you loose the motor shaft from wheel by using a Allen key .Once motor shaft is loose you then loosen motor frame from housing and slide motor out .Might have to spray it with wd 40 .
On the housing should be some screws along the side so you loosen those and house ing would open up so you can get wheel out.
To install you reverse the process.
Please note the direction of the old wheel because if install backwards will not work right

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How to replace blower wheel on Friedrich SL28M30 AC unit

follow this steps and fix it. God bless you

    • 1

      Turn the electricity to the air conditioning unit off at the
      service disconnect box. Follow the wires from the AC unit to the
      disconnect box, usually located next to the unit. Open the disconnect
      box and, depending on the type, either pull the buss-bar or flip the
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    • 2

      Open the air handler\'s access panels with the correct size of nut driver, usually 5/16- or 1/4-inch. Save the screws.

    • Remove the control panel\'s cover, if equipped, with a nut
      driver. Some models have a flat metal cover over the electronic
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    • 4

      Follow the wires from the blower motor. Two wires will go to
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    • 5

      Cut the wires leading into the control panel with wire cutters. Leave the cut wires connected inside of the control panel.

    • 6

      Remove the retaining bolts with either a nut driver, usually
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      mounting brackets that the blower\'s housing slides on, keep the blower\'s
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    • 7

      Slide the blower motor\'s housing out of the AC unit. The housing will slide straight out along the mounting brackets.

    • 8

      Disconnect the two wires going to the capacitor. They will pull straight off the capacitor\'s terminals.

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      Unscrew the squirrel cage\'s locking-screw with an adjustable
      wrench. The squirrel cage, the bladed wheel, connects to the blower
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      Unscrew the blower motor\'s mounting screws with either a nut
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    • 11

      Pull the motor from the housing. A drop of oil on the shaft
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    • 12

      Slide the new blower motor into the housing. The blower motor\'s shaft will slide into the squirrel cage\'s hole.

    • 13

      Tighten the blower motor\'s mounting screws.

    • 14

      Spin the blower motor\'s shaft until the flat part of the
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      cage in or out until it does not touch the housing or the blower motor.
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    • 15

      Connect the blower motor\'s capacitor wires, usually brown or
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    • 16

      Slide the blower motor\'s housing into the AC unit along the mounting brackets. Install the mounting bracket\'s retaining bolts.

    • 17

      Connect the new blower motor\'s wires in the control panel
      one at a time. Disconnect one old wire in the control panel. Determine
      its color and connect the new wire, of the same color, to its place. Do
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    • 18

      Replace the control panel\'s cover, if equipped, and the
      unit\'s access cover. Turn on the power to the unit at the disconnect box
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Remove two of three hex nuts holding blower motor in place. Loosen the third one and the blower motor should come free. I was not able to remove the squirrel cage from the old motor so I broke the squirrel cage allowing me to expose the wire harness and grommet that went through the back of the shroud.

Feeding the wire harness back through the assembled wall appeared to be a real challenge, so I cut the green and black wires at the motor for splicing into the new motor later. Remove the motor and broken squirrel cage and throw the dam thing away.

Remove squirrel cage from new motor by removing retention clip with a pliers. Pull off the squirrel cage carefully by applying WD40 (or other lubricant) to the shaft. You may have to place two large screw drivers or other pry bars underneath the squirrel cage equally across the underside of the squirrel cage slowly prying up the cage. I accomplished this with a helper to hold the motor in place to allow equal pressure from both pry bars.

Cut green and black wires on new motor leaving enough wire to work in the tight area of the motor housing. Strip wires from old harness and new motor and apply **** splices for green to green and black to black. Add electrical tape for extra mechanical strength and insulation.

Place new motor into housing and secure the three mounting hex nuts. Turn on key and run blower to make sure it works. Install squirrel cage and retaining clip on motor shaft. Run again to make sure it works.

Install the balance of the items in the reverse order you removed them.

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