If your stove or fireplace has a blower, it is important to regularly maintain it by keeping it clean and lubricated. Over time, your blower will become dirty, and if it does not have sealed bearings, it will need to be lubricated.
Here is a list of tools you will need:
- Your stove’s owner’s manual
- Synthetic bearing oil
- A pair of gloves (if desired)
NOTE: Most blowers do not require oiling so if you are unsure, check your owner’s manual OR your blower’s identification tag for specific instructions.
Here are some basic steps for oiling a blower:
1. Make sure that your unit is unplugged, the gas is turned off and pilot extinguished (if applicable), and the unit has completely cooled down.
2. Locate your unit’s blower and remove it.
3. Be sure to clean your blower before proceeding with lubrication.
4. Double-check the blower’s identification tag for additional information on the lubrication process. Since most manufacturers of hearth products outsource parts, the lubrication recommendations may vary from your owner’s manual information.
5. Next, you will need to locate the blower’s bearing lubrication ports. These may or may not be labeled; however, there are typically two ports with one located on each end of the motor housing.
Newer blowers have ports that look similar to these:
Older blowers may have ports that look like this:
6. Apply two or three drops of SAE20 synthetic bearing oil to the bearing lubrication ports. We sell an oil specially formulated for the bearings in your blowers HERE.
7. Re-install your blower, plug your unit back in, and check for proper function. Your blower will now operate at optimal efficiency and last longer.
TIP: For the best blower maintenance, oil the bearings according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.