I have a buck stove insert with a really really noisy fan.
I've pulled the stove out to try and remedy the situation.
What I found is that the shaft of the motor has a certain amount of
play in the housing.
not left right, but front/back. IE, If you hold the housing, you can
push the end of the shaft forward or pull it back about 1/4 inch.
The shaft extends an inch or 2 out the front, and maybe 1 inch out the
back of the housing, and there is a fan on the front, and what I guess
is some type of balancing fan ( much smaller) attached to the back.
The play front and back of the shaft in the housing is causing all the
My question is, is that normal? should the "drive shaft" on an
electic motor have some play in any direction?
Is the the play in the shaft there by design?
The replacement motor I found is here
Many very small motors have some play in the shaft. Of course, not knowing
the factory specs no one can say if your is worn beyond acceptable limits.
Many of those small motors also have sleeve bears and they wear faster than
ball bearings. You may get by for a while with a shot of lubricant, but
long term, the motor is probably on the way out.
You may be able to find a cheaper replacement from www.grainger.com
How large a motor is this?
If the motor has ball bearings, there will be very little end play,
probably too little for you to feel. But it's pretty common for
fractional-horsepower electric motors to use bronze sleeve bearings
instead of ball bearings, and sleeve bearings allow for axial movement
of the shaft through the bearings. There will be thrust washers of some
sort to prevent the shaft from moving *too* far, but there may be
substantial end play between the two points where the thrust washers
But why is it noisy? Even with sleeve bearings, the motor is usually
put together so that the magnetic field (when operating) pulls the
rotor to a point about half-way between its limits of play, and the
thrust washers don't need to do anything. If this motor drives a fan,
and the fan blows air parallel to the shaft, then it will put some end
thrust on the shaft and might even pull the shaft against one end of its
travel. Mounting the motor with the shaft vertical may do that too,
courtesy of gravity. Even then, the thrust bearing is steel running on
bronze, and should be quiet unless worn or unlubricated.
On Dec 7, 2:48 am, firstname.lastname@example.org (Dave Martindale) wrote:
Its not a very large motor at all, it only powers a fan for the
stove, nothing else.
its has 3 speeds controlled by a heat sensitive switch.
the fan makes the most noise at lower speed.
what I think is making the noise is the shaft is banging back an forth
in the housing.
the air pressure from the fan blade pushes the shaft back in the
housing, but I'm guessing the magnetic force tries to pull it to the
center like you mentioned.
so when its on slower speed, the shaft has less air pressure, and can
"bounce" when its on a higher speed, the fan pressure overpowers the
magnetic force and pushes the shaft back in the housing.
the noise it makes is not a squeaky bad bearing noise, but a
"bang,bang" sound of the shaft hitting front and back, this is
amplified by the cast stove, and makes such a racket that you can't
talk over the sound.
I guess I'm nerveous about buying a new motor if is just going to
start acting in the same way as the existing one, which from an
operational standpoint still works perfectly.
I'd take it apart enough to make sure it's the axial movement that's the
problem (hitting on either end, not the sides) and if so, just add an
appropriate thickness of nylon washer(s) to take up enough of the end
play to stop it.
Of course, be sure to only add sufficient to stop whatever is hitting,
don't add enough to make the shaft hard to turn...
Oh, one other thought -- it's possible particularly if it is a squirrel
cage fan the fan itself has moved on the shaft or simply needs to be
adjusted a little in one direction or the other.
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