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Where's the Cool Air? 3 Steps to Prevent Problems with Your Centrifugal Blower

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If your company operates large manufacturing equipment, chances are good that you have at least once centrifugal blower somewhere in your building. Those blowers are responsible for blowing large quantities of air over your equipment to help maintain a constant temperature and prevent overheating. Without proper maintenance, your centrifugal blowers can wear out and break down. When that happens, you're manufacturing equipment can overheat and malfunction. To prevent this, you should ensure that your blowers are properly functioning at all times. Here are three steps you can take to keep your centrifugal blowers well-maintained.

Pay Attention to the Belts

Centrifugal blowers operate using a system of pulleys and belts. If the belts are used on a regular basis, they'll maintain their shape and strength. However, if you don't use your blower on a daily basis, the belts can dry out and crack. This is particularly true of the rubber V-belt that's located on the top of the motor housing. To prevent problems, you should run your blower for several minutes each day. This will ensure that the belts maintain their strength and durability. If you begin to hear strange noises coming from the belt housings during operation—such as scraping, scratching or dragging—you should replace the belts as soon as possible.

Test the Blower Head

The blower head is responsible for dispersing cool air. When working properly, the blower head will rotate in clockwise and counterclockwise directions. When you turn the blower on, you should be able to see the blower head rotating as it disperses air.  You should test the blower head each time you inspect the belts on your blower. If the blower head does not rotate properly, you should apply a lubricating spray and test it again. If the blower head continues to malfunction, you should test the housing bolts. The housing bolts can wear out over time and may need to be replaced.

Store in the Proper Place

Centrifugal blowers are susceptible to moisture damage. This is primarily because they have a significant amount of rubber and metal parts, such as the belts and the fan blades. To protect your blower and prevent it from malfunctioning, you should store it in a cool dry place when not in use.

If you have centrifugal blowers in your factory, you need to keep them properly maintained. The tips provided here will help you keep your blower in good working order. For more information or assistance, visit resources like