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MY unit has become increasing noisy and the fan is the mane cause. The fan is now making different noises at differing levels high and low of loudness, and it often quits running all togetger. It is also vibrating as it never did in the past. What I wish to know is should I order replacement parts for the fan housing, fan, and fan motor as this does not add up to that much money. Lastly do you think it is something besides the fan causing all my noise and vibration? So far as I can tell it is only the fan that is malfunctioning. The unit still removes moisture just fine and i have claned it as well as is possible. I wish to try to keep this unit going as it has always worked quite well and based on all the bad reviews I have read of the dehumidifiers out there now I do not wish to spend $200-$250 on a dehumidifier that will only last me less than 2 years, as this one has lasted heavy use for six years. I am at present out of work so I am trying to avoid spending $200+ as I realy can not afford to do so at this time. Thank you, Arthur R Dirindin.

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It sounds like the bearings in the motor are worn out, especially as you said it quits running at times. You should be safe in just replacing the fan motor, but check the fan blade to make sure it isn't out of balance for any reason(dirty, missing a balance weight, or bent). Hope I was of assistence!

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