Question about Essick Air Humidifiers
The fan has quit running and the digital code is FF.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: I have an Essick air
Here is a solution I wrote up for another Humidifier with a fan problem:
Have you considered checking to see if the fan motor mightjust need cleaning and lubricating?
Most small fans and heaters, have small fan motors, in which thebearings have dried out over the years. If you have made anelectrical check on the motor leads-- and you have electric going into thewindings, likely the motor feels warm? (If not-- possibly a bad splicewhere the supply wire attaches to the tiny armature wires?-- check , and checkcontinuity)
If you want to tear into the fan motor, and clean up and lubricate thebearings-- here are some tips:
First you need to get inside the heater of the fan housing-- by removing theprotective covers.
Note the screws, s, locations, and how the protective coverswill go back on when you are ready to reassembly-- Mark where the screw holesare that line up with the matching other parts.
Then remove the motor from it's bracket (Possibly have to remove the fanfirst?)
You will have to remove the fan, to lubricate both front and realbearings.
Next you will need to remove the 4 long screws that hold the motorframe together-- Be sure to mark the original alignment, so you can reassemblycorrectly.
Now, with the fan removed, gently separate the Front and rearhalf's of the motor. Usually the windings will stay with the portion ofthe motor where the wires are still attached. Either way, you are goingto have to get the bearings to slide off both Shafts of the armature-- withoutbreaking the delicate winding wires-- the wires are hair thin on small motors!
Now clean up the caked on residue on the shaft where the bearings ride,with rubbing alcohol. Clean up the internals of the bearings as best youcan- making sure the pores of the oil-lite bearings are not plugged withsolids. Now begin the gentle process of getting the bearing wicking tosoak up new oil. When you are sure the reservoirs are wellsaturated, then generously lubricate the shafts, and slip them thru thebearings again-- retracing all your steps above, The motor shaft shouldturn freely now. You can test the motor without the fan on-- to besure you have the motor itself reassembled properly.
Double check all the splices, switches, and any high temperature limit switchesfor continuity-- and trace the wiring all the way back out thru the powersupply cord.
What did you find, and what do you need to do next?
I hope this helped-- Let me know If I can help further--
Posted on Jan 26, 2011
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