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Oreck Fan/Housing Replacement Procedure
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Post# 394090   6/30/2018 at 11:56 by broomvac (N/A)        

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Hello All,

Since Orecks are so simple I'm almost too embarrassed to ask, but, how do I replace the fan and fan case in an Oreck XL?

I ran into three problems.

1. The fan case will not release from the stamped steel disk which sits between the fan and motor. It appears that the fan must first be taken off the motor shaft, then the whole assembly of fan, fan case, and steel disk gets disassembled to remove the fan. Is it possible to release the fan case from the steel disk without removing the fan from the motor shaft first?

2. How do I lock the fan in order to remove it from the motor shaft if the fan case is still installed? Usually, when I change vacuum fans I grasp the fan by hand and then loosen the nut. I cannot do this if the fan case is still there, and I hate to grip the belt pulley with vice grips.

3. Once the fan nut is off, how do I slip the fan off the motor shaft? I was working on a vacuum with a cracked fan case which split apart enough to get it off the metal disk. After that, I gripped the fan by hand and was able to remove the fan nut. However, then it seemed the fan would not slip off the motor shaft! No amount of tugging, twisting, or prying could get the stubborn thing off!

Please help.

Post# 394099 , Reply# 1   6/30/2018 at 15:03 by relhall (Baton Rouge, Louisiana)        

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This one is easy; don't overcomplicate it.

The metal disc can get wedged in tight. We have a semi-circular tool designed to separate the two, but you can also use a pry tool, or just knock it with the back of your hand (carefully). It will separate.

Once the motor and fan assembly is separated, hold the fan with your hand and use a hard right turn to remove the nut. It is reverse-threaded. Do NOT attempt to stick anything into the motor to secure the shaft while you are doing this.

To get the fan off, use two pry tools or flat heads. Put one under one side of the fan long ways, then the other on the opposite side and going in the opposite direction (if this makes sense) then lift up. It can help to remove the little spiked washer which sits under the nut first.

Remember to reassemble with the flat washer under the fan, and do not overtighten. If the flat washer has imbedded itself into the fan you will want to add another or replace the fan.

Good luck with your vac ~

Post# 394521 , Reply# 2   7/8/2018 at 13:54 by vacuumdevil (Denver)        

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@ relhall is completely right it's a simple task don't overcomplicate it you should be able to get it separated.

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