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Kitchen aid dry motor noise

I just fought to get the blower fan off, had to resort to breaking it with a hammer. Once the fan was off I replace it with the new one. Put the machine back together, plugged it in, pushed the on button, now the motor wont spin. Just makes a loud humming noise. Did I damage it trying to get the fan off, or did I over tighten the new fan resulting in unknown problem ? I took everything apart back down to just the motor, tried to run it again with same humming noise. Any thoughts.

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  • jgreenacres Jul 24, 2008

    The motor was bad, when I pulled the new motor out the box I notice the shaft didn't move back and forth. On the old motor it would do this with little effort. But ... after installing the new motor and connecting everthing together, pushed the button to test ..ran fine , losts of air movement ...no heat. Yesturday with the old motor it wouldn't turn over but I had heat, lots of it, now none. Any thoughts.

  • jgreenacres Jul 24, 2008

    I came across a web site that suggested to test a number different parts with a volt meter, fuse, thermostat's, and heating element. I came across a thermostat that didn't give me any readings. Hopefully this will be the end of the problem. Does it sound like I'm on track?

  • jgreenacres Jul 25, 2008

    It was the thermostat, after I replaced it put it all back together again, machine was back up and running.

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Try taking it apart again and try to turn the motor by hand. It should spin freely. If it does you've probably got a bad motor. If it is stiff or doesn't turn at all, then you might have missed something putting it back together. I wouldn't think you can overtighten the blower, it is probably something else, and with it apart it should be easy to see.

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  • Austin DeBock Jul 24, 2008

    When checking fuses and thermostats you need to make sure you disconnect one of the wires to prevent a false reading. Ohm the 2 terminals on each termostat and thermal fuse. You should read 0 ohms. If it meter doesn't change (infinite ohms) than it is open and will not allow current through it. Some thermostats will have 3 or 4 wires. If yours does, make sure you test the 2 largest terminals, they will usually be the 2 farthest apart. It does sound like you are on the right track.

  • Austin DeBock Jul 24, 2008

    Also make sure you take the 2 wires off the heater and check each terminal to the case of the heater. If you get anything other than infinite, the heater is shorted to ground and you will need to replace the heater and the thermostat or fuse that opened.

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