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Fan housing broke on our xl21 600ecc

Would it be better to replace whole fan or just replace the housing?

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If you take it to an Oreck dealer for repair you will probably get both because the fan housing usually comes with a new fan. Usually a fan housing will only break if something was picked up that the blades flipped it into the housing with enough force to crack it. You may find that depending on the dealer it may not be covered under warranty. I work at a dealer on weekends and work on these machines and have seen this frequently, I would recommend replacing both if you are able to get them separately.

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