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For the last few months my vent hood's motor has been making a lot of noise whenever it was in operation (making a squeeking sound like it needed to be oiled). Then it simply stopped working. Do I need a new motor or is it possible to fix it? it's only five years old. (model number kwcu265hss) Thanks!

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It is possible that if you can get the motor out of there and get some WD-40 worked into the bearings you can get it running again...
turn it so the shaft is pointing up and then spray the WD-40 right on the shaft and let it run down and into the bearing...

once you get the shaft spinning more freely then place a few drops of light motor oil or sewing machine oil on the shaft and let it run into the bearing before turning the motor from the shaft up position and reinstalling...


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Fan not working The fan on the hood stopped working (i.e., nothing happens when I turn it on). From this wiring diagram:, you can see that the hood has two circuit boards. One for slided switches and speed control (Part Number: AP3133509 made by WHIRLPOOL), and one for motor control (Part Number: AP3105889 made by WHIRLPOOL ). My best guess was that the motor control board went bad, so I ordered a new motor control board to replace it. You will see five wires coming out of the speed control portion of the first board. The white wire goes directly to the fan motor, but the other four (blue, orange, black, and black), go to the motor-control board which also has four wires of the same colors. OK. Blue to blue, orange to orange. No problem. But what about the two black wires coming from the speed controller and going to the two black wires on the motor-control board? Does it matter how these are connected? I figured if it mattered, they would also be color coded, so I just connected black to black, black to black (random order). When I turned on the fan, it blew out my new motor-control board. I have a new motor-control board. I was going to try reversing the two black wire connections, but don't want to blow out another board. So, my question is, do you think it is important to match a specific black wire on the motor-control board to a specific black wire coming from the speed controller? It seems strange to me that it would work this way, as these wires snake around through the hood, and it virtually impossible to tell which is which when when they reach the motor-control board. I don't know how they would be been matched during original assembly. But I can't think of any other problem. By the way, I was able to by-pass the motor-control board and run the fan directly, so I don't think the problem is with the fan motor. I have also replaced the control board used for the slider switches and speed control, so the problem is not there either. Thought welcome. Thanks. jp

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