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MellowLemming 01-03-2013 11:47 AM

Old fireplace circulation fan replacement
I have a 1950's house with an old brick woodburning fireplace. The intake fan is rattling and I'd like to replace it, but have no idea what to look for. I've tried finding similar looking circulation systems online, but didn't find any. Have any of you seen a fireplace blower system like this? And, do any of you know what type of intake fan I should get to replace it? No papers or anything came with the house. Not sure what to do.

joecaption 01-03-2013 12:05 PM

Hard to say without being at least see it.
Every motor has a name tag on the outside of it.
Sure it not just the fan blade hitting something or just loose on the shaft.

MellowLemming 01-03-2013 12:10 PM

I took the fan out and cleaned it all up. Oiled it. Made sure it wasn't hitting any debris or anything. The only thing I could find that was loose was the belt. It had a teeny bit of wiggle room on the sides, but could find no way to tighten it. I didn't see any brand name on the motor, but maybe I need to detatch it completely from the cover to see it. I'll have to check that and post back if I find one.

joecaption 01-03-2013 12:14 PM

Never head of one with a belt before.
If it's a reguler vee belt remove it and flip it over to check for cracks.
Belts have a limited life span, develop flat spots sitting stil and just dry rot.

MellowLemming 01-03-2013 12:46 PM

I called in the experts, my dad and grandpa, so more experienced eyes could actually see and assess the problem :thumbup: They're heading to Lowe's to get me a new one. Say the motor is shot, the fan spins too slowly when upright (fast if laid flat) and is out of balance. Thank you for your help!

joecaption 01-03-2013 12:54 PM

I'll be surprized if they have one. A place like Grangers would be more likly to stock or can order on.

MellowLemming 01-03-2013 01:01 PM

Thanks for the tip! My dad works at Lowe's and was hoping to use his discount, but I'll text him and let him know your reccomendations just in case!

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