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sparkey 02-24-2009 06:56 PM

Question about replacement parts for a Bryant furnace.
I have a Bryant 90i 355MAV and the inducer motor has gotten loud. Is there a place to buy just a replacement motor and not the complete assembly? I called the dealer and they want about $1000 to fix it. Ouch! The motor is a GE ECM motor part number 5SME44 JG2001A and another number on the motor is HC23E116.


yuri 02-24-2009 07:08 PM

That unit is a specially balanced and assembled unit with no replacement motor. Those suckers spin at over 3000 rpm and the impeller has to be specially attached at the factory. That unit is very expensive (my cost) and takes up to 2 hrs to replace. My co. would sell it for approx that price.

chard 02-24-2009 10:13 PM

Sorry, Sparkey. No one will be able to get that part for you. The MFR. of that motor specifically made it for Bryant, sold only to Bryant and Bryant suppliers/dealers, and you won't find it anywhere else.:no:

beenthere 02-25-2009 04:59 AM

This is why customers should get the 10 year parts and labor warranty.

yuri 02-25-2009 12:32 PM

Why the heck did they put an ECM ventor motor in it in the first place? 2 stage furnace so a regular motor who have worked fine and I checked the amps draw and it was the same. Overkill.

gsistore 02-25-2009 06:34 PM

Hi Sparkey, maybe we can help you, contact us at gsistore and see if the sales can give you a quote.

sparkey 02-27-2009 05:19 AM

I did get a price so thank you for that.

Before I order one of these can someone tell me if it is hard to change? I did see a post in this forum where someone replaced theirs but they had to modify it. See link below post #2.


yuri 02-27-2009 06:32 PM

Post a pic of it. If it is the one I am thinking of it is difficult and a real pain in the azz to change. Has a tiny gasket at the back which CANNOT be damaged and needs sealing with RTV silicone. Also very easy to damage the vacuum lines etc. An experienced Bryant guy may be the best choice.

sparkey 02-27-2009 08:30 PM

This may be a better picture than I can take because it shows all sides.

If it would still help, I can take and post a picture.


yuri 02-27-2009 09:52 PM

I have replaced several of them and they are quite difficult and I am not exaggerating. I do this for a living and that is one of the more difficult ones. This particular one is used/damaged/patched with white silicone and is junk!! Unless you are a very good auto mechanic who is used to working with delicate items and has good logic skills I would get a Pro to do it. If it then leaks etc a good co. will warranty their work. Not everything is DIY friendly. I can talk you thru it but you may regret tackling that unit.

yuri 02-27-2009 10:09 PM

How old is the furnace? Post the serial # and I can tell you. Carrier/Bryant/Payne are all the same co. Where I am most of those units had a 10 yr warranty. Check the owners manual or phone Bryant. You might get it replaced by a dealer and pay the labor.

sparkey 02-28-2009 12:12 PM

It's about 7 years old. The SN is 3501A12557 if I have the right number. I found that number on a sticker on the inside left of the furnice.


yuri 02-28-2009 12:39 PM

01A = 2001 January. Different areas sold them with different warranties, you need to find that info.

Good Luck

Yoyizit 02-28-2009 02:39 PM

If you can get the CFM specs on the motor, you might be able to find a mechanically equivalent assembly at 10% or 1% of the manuf. cost, but you may have to pay attention to safety in this application.

I'd come up with candidate replacements/ideas and have this forum critique them.

CFM should correlate well to the amp. draw of the motor (supply voltage being equal). Measure the amps and volts while it still works.

You also might want to check pressure/vacuum afterwards to make sure the installed assembly meets system specs. For that kind of bucks you can buy some HVAC test instruments and still make out.

And a starter motor costs $50 but a Harley-Davidson starter motor costs $500.

yuri 02-28-2009 03:13 PM

Impossible. That is an ECM, electronically commutated motor which is voltage/speed controlled by the computer/circuit board. Nice idea but gas furnaces are not DIY chemistry projects, and those explode.

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