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Old 03-13-2012, 09:04 PM   #1
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how can i clean my squerrel cage ? it is set so i cannot get at it from its opening. seems to me there is some kind of vac attachment or i have to remove the unit from my furnace.

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To do it properly remove the blower assy. Remove the motor and I wash out using a garden hose. I connect the garden hose to the drain of a water heater so I use hot water but you can use cold water. Wash out is the best. Some guys use compressed air but water does a better job. Just remove the motor

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To do it properly remove the blower assy. Remove the motor and I wash out using a garden hose. I connect the garden hose to the drain of a water heater so I use hot water but you can use cold water. Wash out is the best. Some guys use compressed air but water does a better job. Just remove the motor
yep water is better and the only good and safe way remove blower wheel...
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yep water is better and the only good and safe way remove blower wheel...
Before you start banging on the motor shaft going through the squirrel cage loosen the set screw and clean the shaft with some sand paper and spray it down with wd40 or whatever you have on hand.
Then use a small cresent wrench on the flat part of the shaft to spin it while holding the squirrel cage to make sure its lose.
If you need to bang on the end of the shaft use an old 1/4"-5/16" nut driver to bang on with a hammer instead of the shaft.
And make sure to discharge that in-capacitator(capacitor) across both leads with the shaft of a plastic or rubber handled screwdriver while you hold the handle,capacitors normally store between 370-440 volts depending on model.
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