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 Posted: Mon Jul 29th, 2019 10:46 pm
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Claudia Amory
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So my brother was able to help me rewire the base of my GE Vortelux fan, but when we tried to rewire the headwire, we were not able to get the stator out. The headwire is not accessible unless we can get the stator out!  Does anyone have any idea how to do that? Its really stuck in there and I'm afraid I may damage something if I force it. Folks on You-tube seemed to be having the same problem. Thanks in advance for your help!


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 Posted: Tue Jul 30th, 2019 01:42 am
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Rickey Williams
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Why do you want to change the complete head wire?
Don't have to if the insulation on the wires is in good condition

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 Posted: Tue Jul 30th, 2019 01:49 am
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Claudia Amory
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No it's shot.  And we had to cut it anyway!  

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 Posted: Tue Jul 30th, 2019 11:34 am
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Spread the motor across the open jaws of a vise. They should be adjusted just closed enough to catch the motor housing but not the stator.  Then use a drift punch that will fit through the 4 motor mounting holes in the motor housing.  Be very careful to direct the tip of the punch away from the coils.  If you hit or nick them, you’ll be paying for a stator rewind.  
Drive out the stator by inserting the punch into opposing holes and walk it out little by little.  Be sure to push in the headwire as it comes out or you risk ripping the wires in the stator.  

Cast iron motors are far easier to begin with, but best of luck!  

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 Posted: Tue Jul 30th, 2019 02:40 pm
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Rickey Williams
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10" Vortalex stator removal, should work with 12"
http://www.afcaforum.com/forum1/55886.html

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 Posted: Tue Jul 30th, 2019 10:24 pm
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Lane Shirey
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Absolutely do not use the method shown in the referenced post to remove the stator. If you distort the thin metal housing the bearings may not align right and you’ll be searching for a new housing too. That method only works predictably on most cast iron housings. 

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 Posted: Wed Jul 31st, 2019 01:27 am
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Just got through removing one to replace the headwire & did it the old tried & true way Lane described.👍

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 Posted: Sun Aug 4th, 2019 03:41 pm
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Lane Shirey wrote: Absolutely do not use the method shown in the referenced post to remove the stator. If you distort the thin metal housing the bearings may not align right and you’ll be searching for a new housing too. That method only works predictably on most cast iron housings. 
If you apply too much force I would agree that you could distort the front face of the housing which mounts the front bearing.  I would definitely not recommend it at ambient temperature.  That said, I froze mine in the freezer and then applied some heat to the outer housing and the stator came out with minimal effort.  

And if by chance you did distort the front plate more than the self-aligning bearings can tolerate, then you can always massage it back as its thin metal.  I reassembled mine with a loose bearing house also and used the play in the bearing mount to "dial" in the least about on rotor friction before snugging the bearing mount down.  

Ultimately I just did not want to take risks interfacing with the stator itself to remove it, because if I ruined the stator, I would have had an expensive parts fan.  

Last edited on Sun Aug 4th, 2019 03:54 pm by Bryan Pendleton

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I ordered a set of drift punches, so I will definitely give that method a shot next time, but will likely combine with the temperature differences to ease removal.

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 Posted: Sat Aug 24th, 2019 01:44 pm
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Never tried the freezing. I have used heat and bump on several Vortalex stators. Never had one that didn't need paint.
The 12" Vort fans are different. On the ones I've repaired, the head wire is loose not varnished in place, able to be pulled out the back, between the coils. Leaving about 4" of the old wire, Solder, heat shrink and pull your new head wire back between the coils. From the pics, this fan is the same.
I try not to pull the stator on these GE fans.

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 Posted: Sat Aug 24th, 2019 03:41 pm
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That is a really good idea-- about trying to push the head wire out of the back.  I tried but there is one of those little connector things that seems to be impeding my feeding it out of the back. I have NO IDEA what I'm doing but I'm wondering if I could cut the headwire near the connector thing, then out might work.  Just afraid I'll cut the wrong thing or cut it too short or something since I can't see what I'm doing.  But I will wait till I can find someone who knows what they are doing.  Thanks so much for the suggestion.  Seems less likely to ruin something than try to get the stator out. 

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I am trying to get my stator out (GE AUU) and tried inserting a screwdriver in through the holes in the back, making sure it was on metal, and then tapping it gently - only to find I was removing whatever that metal assembly is in the middle of the stator! So I dropped some penetrating oil in there (cleaning up excess) and will try again tonight.

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