I have a Vornado VH2 portable heater. The fan has quit working.
When you first turn it on, the fan tries to move, ever so slowly, but never gets going. Sometimes it still heats up and other times I get nothing, no heat and no fan. What do I need to replace? Is it worth it or just buy a new one?
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A big problem with these heaters ans well as others is the motor driving the fan. The bearings get stiff from dirt and do not spin fast enough activating the over temp device of the heating element. Check the motor out by placing the unit in fan mode them pull the plug or turn off looking at the fan to see how many revolutions is makes with no power applied. It should rotate like five times or more indicating freeness. If it hals to a stop immediately after power is removed the motor bearings are tight.
If your handy you take apart and oil the shafts using 3inone motor lube. Clean the motor of dust and dirt drop a few drops on the shafts near the bearings then work it in by hand rotating the blades. Do this a few times reassemble then lerripp!!!
This is a pretty common issue with these heaters. The switch can easily be replaced by opening the unit and swapping out the switch assembly. One switch I have found that works well and is reatively inexpensive (under $4) is the one from Radio Shack (P# 275-0020) which is a 16A 125VAC illuminated round rocker switch. Unlike the OEM one that drops in, the RS one is a panel type which you will have to screw into place. The whole procedure shouldn't take you more than 15min.
I would call Vornado at 1-800-234-0604. They have great customer service- and usually have really good warranties with their products. I bet they can get you figured out. Any time I have had any questions, they have been very helpful. Vornado is also on Twitter, by the way - so if you "tweet" then some people ask questions via twitter too. I have always had good luck with their fans...
you can try and oil it, unplug it and begin taking it apart, your destination is the fan motor, dust around the motor and I would recommend using regular automotive 10w30 motor oil on that motor, put some in a small bowl and use a small baster or equivalent and oil around both ends of the motor shaft(where it protrudes from the motor) behind the fan blades and behind it, look closely with a flashlight where the motor attatches to the back guard. try get some oil in there and within the motor housing to the inner bearing areas if possible. My guess is that its sealed from the factory, but you can try, those fans are the best on the market and have a long warranty, heres a link to the manual http://www.vornado.com/manuals/allcirc.pdf
THERE IS A LIMIT SWITCH THAT REGULATES HOW LONG THE HEAT STAYS ON SOUNDS LIKE THIS LIMIT SWITCH WHENT BAD MOST ITEMS LIKE THIS HAVE A FACTORY WARRANTY THAT COVERS THIS ISSUE MY RECCOMENDATION IS TO TAKE IT BACK TO WARE YOU BOUGHT IT OR IF YOU LIKE TAKE IT APART WHILE IT IS UNPLUGGED AND LOOK FOR A LITTLE DEVICE THAT BREAKS ONE WIRE TO YOUR HEATER ELEMENT AND TRY TO MATCH IT UP AND REPLACE IT.