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Yankee Bay insert noise

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by txiko, Dec 18, 2011.

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  1. txiko

    txiko Member

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    Hi:
    I have a Yankee Bay insert and today it has a noise coming from the left side.
    If I turn the fan down the noise is not there any more, in high the noise goes back and for.
    Any ideas on how can I fix the problem and what the problem is?
    Thanks

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  2. SmokeyTheBear

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    You can try checking the blower for and cleaning out any crud in it and while doing that check to see what the maker says about blower motor cleaning and lubrication.

    It is also possible that the blower mount is a bit loose and needs a little tightening of the bolts.

    They all make a noise and you just have to find out what the cause is and go from there. Anything that can vibrate in the air path can cause noise as well and the air path may amplify it.
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    Thank you, I will do that tomorrow morning.
    Where can I find the blower motor cleaning and lubrication info?
    I was thinking to lubricate the fan/blower so what grease can I use?
    Thanks again or the help the noise is annoying
  4. imacman

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    I don't remember if the comb. on my Astoria was ball bearing or not, but you should pull the blower out of the stove and clean it anyway.....just make sure you have a spare gasket for it first.

    If the motor is NOT ball bearing, then use a few drops of 3in1 oil in the blue can (no grease!)wherever you can get it between the shaft & sleeve bearing.
  5. txiko

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    I just identified from where the noise comes from.
    It is from the exhaust blower motor. I will clean it tomorrow
    like Smoky the bear told me, I do clean the stove daily and this summer I didn't do the
    exhaust blower motor.
    Thanks
  6. SmokeyTheBear

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    Lubrication info is on the motor plate (usually) and cleaning information should be in your stoves installation and operation (maintenance) manual.
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    I have taken everything apart, cleaned and lubed
    the noise still there, it is like a winning sound.
    Any more ideas of how to address the problem?
    Thanks
  8. SmokeyTheBear

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    If it is the bearings then it will likely get louder and the blower motor will need replacement, however it can also be caused by anything in the combustion air flow path. That starts at the air intake (if not OAKed) or outside at the OAK termination (if OAKed) and ends at the exhaust vent termination cap. The air only needs something to provide a bit of restriction or something to start vibrating. These motors and fan assemblies also can transmit noises into the stove that get amplified.

    If you get a mechanics stethoscope you can search down where on an item the sound is coming from. Sometimes the cure is to just tighten things at their gaskets.

    It is a hunt and destroy mission.
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    Thanks I will do that and probably I should order a new motor
    for the just in case.
  10. imacman

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    Did you try running the comb. blower while you had it removed from the stove? A lot of us have made-up a test power cord to test blowers, auger motors, and ignitors.
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    No, I didn't that is a good idea.
    I will try it sometime this week if the weather gets a little warmer.
    Thanks
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  13. SmokeyTheBear

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    That same information already exists in this thread start reading here the very first response to your question: http://www.hearth.com/econtent/index.php/forums/viewreply/1043892/
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