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Problem: My blower motor shaft is stuck to the blower wheel! How do I get the blower motor out to replace it?

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Problem: My blower motor shaft is stuck to the blower wheel! How do I get the blower motor out to replace it?

Answer: I have had this problem before many times when I was trying to replace furnace blower motors! The blower wheel is stuck to the blower motor shaft and in order to replace the blower motor, you need to get the blower wheel separated from the blower motor! Here are the steps that I used many times to remove the blower motor from the blower wheel. We have two really good YouTube videos below made by Word of Advice TV that show how to remove a stubborn blower wheel from the blower motor and another video made by HVAC Parts and More that shows How to Replace a blower motor, wheel, and blower housing on a Lennox furnace. Many thanks to Word of Advice TV and HVAC Parts and More for making these excellent videos. Here are the steps that I use to remove the blower wheel from the motor. When I used these steps I never had to use a mechanical wheel puller.

(1) Loosened the set screw and oil the shaft with penetrating oil.

(2) Sand the shaft with light emery cloth sandpaper. Make sure there is no rust or high metal gouges in the motor shaft.  If there are high spots or marks in the motor shaft then a file might be needed to file the high spots down on the motor shaft.

(3) Remove the usually 3 of 4 motor mounting bolts that are holding the motor to the blower housing.

(4) Sit in a chair and open my legs and knees far apart so the motor can fall to the ground when the motor becomes free from the motor shaft.  If you do not feel comfortable with placing the motor housing in between your legs then place the blower housing between two sawhorses so that the motor can fall out after you beat the shaft through the blower wheel hole. Place a pillow or something soft so you do not damage the motor brackets or damage the floor when the motor comes loose from the wheel.

(5) Get a 3/8″ long extension and a hammer to beat the motor shaft out of the blower wheel. The 3/8″ extension will fit through the blower wheel shaft hole. The motor should fall out. Be careful not to get hit with the falling blower motor. It can be hard on the toes and legs!  If the blower motor does not come loose from the blower wheel after several hits then you might need to purchase a blower wheel puller like in the YouTube video. If the shaft on the motor becomes mushroomed then you will need to file the mushroom down with a file. I hope you have good luck and can get it off.  If you have any questions or recommendations then please email us anytime or comment below. Our email is arnoldservice@gmail.comWe would love to try and help you out! 

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  1. My Heil 5000 furnace wont light, no clicking or nothing, blower comes on but nothing else happens.

    1. Hi Don! So sorry to hear that you are having trouble on this New Year weekend! If your furnace has a draft inducer and the draft inducer is not starting then you might have a control board problem or a thermostat problem. Make sure that if your thermostat has batteries that the batteries are in good condition. Make sure that when your thermostat is calling for heat that you are getting a minimum of 24 volts between W and C (com) on your control board. If you are not getting 24 volts between W and C then you either have a thermostat problem, thermostat wire problem, or a burnt-out transformer problem. If your furnace has a Honeywell SmartValve installed then it could be a problem with your Honeywell SmartValve. We have a post about this problem on the following page: We have lots of furnace troubleshooting advice on the following page: I would suggest going through the troubleshooting flow chart to see what is wrong: We also have lots of troubleshooting questions and answers on the following page: If you have any specific questions please let me know. If you want me to look up any parts for your furnace please send me your furnace’s manufacturer’s model number to our email Thanks! I hope you can easily find and fix the problem.

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