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My fan won't work. It has not been used much at all

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First, unplug the unit from the wall. There is high voltage inside the unit, so use caution.
Next, check the fuse on the back of the unit. If it is good, then you need to check the fan.
Corrosion can build up on the interior of the fan assembly. Remove the filter and look for the connections at the bottom of the fan motor. Make sure they are not loose, corroded, or disconnected. If you have a meter you can use to check the voltage, or know someone who can, see if voltage is being applied to the fan. You will need to plug the unit back in, so remember the high voltage on the screen, and on the needle emitter at the front of the unit. If voltage is present, you can go to the Alpine web site and order a replacement motor. This is a common failure item. If there is no voltage, the unit will need repair.

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