Snap switch modifiction

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by bernie, Dec 30, 2012.

  1. bernie

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    I have replaced three snap switches on my Lopi insert. I am planing to instal a relay in line with the switch to avoid the high current through the switch.
     

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    What model stove is this?
     
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    The LOPI Reevere insert
     
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    I don't think a relay (contactor) will help, but I could be wrong. The snap action switches are rated for 25 amps or the ones I've used. If your blower is drawing more than that there is a serious problem. Most of those (blowers)are drawing from 1 to maybe 4 amps at the most. Those snap action switches should last for years. Maybe they are using some cheap OEM switches?
     
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    Agreed. Are the snap switches coming from a Lopi dealer? If they are the correct part, this could be a fan motor bearing going bad. When was the motor last lubricated?
     
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