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Noisy kickspace heater

I have an old hide a vector kickspace heater, recessed and vertically installed in the kitchen of the house I just bought. I called Embassy industries and thry told me that the model is 30 yrs old and they have no information on it at all...Go Figure...The fan is getting progressively noisier. I assume it needs lubrication...how and where can I lubricate it? If thatis not the case what else can I do besides replace it?

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I fixed mine today but it is not what you think. It's a rubber grommet that has dropped out of the squirrel cage fan and allows the rotating fan to rub on the housing. I also thought it needed oil,but after three years of noise, it finely dropped off the motor- shaft, rendering it non functional. So to access this I took the cabinet out to trouble -shoot.This was easy in my case because I engineered the cabinet as such for Hide-A-Vector servicing.
My fan has a square punched hole in the fan side metal that indexes a small rubber grommet with a center hole.The hole accepts the motor shaft while frictional compression holds the whole mess together.Take it apart to work it.
Carefully re-insert the grommet in the sq. hole being xtra careful
not to push it inside the cage.Once in place,drip runny epoxy glue
through the open fan fins so some settles around the grommet.Use a light to verify target grommet.Once cured, put some on outside as well. Let that fully cure. Re-install on shaft so fan spins freely.
Footnote: My model ----HAV 48/ HAV 88--- 8 yrs. old

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It probably is a sealed motor but if you have access to it you may be able to oil it with a very thin oil - like 3 in one oil. the bearings are undoubtedly oil-lite which is a porous bronze bearing pressed into the end bells of the motor. for fractional horsepower motors I'd go to grainger dot com to see if a replacement can be found.

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