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M21 heater loud transformer sound when heater fan kicks on


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  • M21 heater loud transformer sound when heater fan kicks on

    I went through the burn chamber on my spare m21 heater and test fired it earlier. It worked ok so I shut it down. Went to fire it back up and it went into lockout after a few minutes so I reset it. Next time around I got a pretty loud sound like when an industrial electric motor on an air compressor starts up from the relay area. I am thinking that this may have been an issue before I tore down the heater but I just didn't notice it. Is it common for the fan heater to cause this or could it be a board problem? It almost seems like the initial current draw caused the noise. I have some minor experience with power supplies and have seen overcurrent shut down the system before. Any pointers? If I can find my ammeter I would like to do some further tests.

  • #2
    Some induction motors have a thick copper shunt wire embedded with the laminations. This is to lessen the "eddy" currents set up when current is applied. If tghe wire is broken the lamination s will buzz.


    • #3
      Does the fan spin free by hand?


      • #4
        Ya the fan is working ok. It hasn't really failed that way again. It was out of service for a year or so.