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Crosley model CDH40L, ser.# 01M30208961 My humidifier ran fine until just lately.. It had thrown the fan blade off, which I had put back on quite a few times... That started 2 yrs. ago. I have cleaned and washed off most every thing, the coils especially.. A few months ago it started switching itself off.. It will start right up, the compressor will kick in, then in about 5 minutes the fan starts slowing down, getting slower and slower... Seems like the fan motor gets warmer, then the dehumidifier shuts off! It will sit there until everything cools off?, then starts back up... This happens over and over, it gets warmer and warmer, shuts off and starts back up after it has set for a while, until I just shut it off all together .... I think it is the fan... Please tell me that is all it is??

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There must be some sort of deformity on the fan blade and this makes it unbalance. Unbalanced fan blade will surely affect the bushing of the fan motor which will tend to over heat during operation. You better replace both the fan and the blade.

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