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Old 09-14-2016, 09:10 PM   #1
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This week I finally found time to look at my range hood which has not run since we acquired the RT 6 wks ago. The lights worked but the fan did not move. After testing all the connections, I removed this part (see attached pic) from the neutral wire just before it connected to the motor. I reconnected and the fan worked. I can't read any of the markings and it's metallic housing doesn't seem to be burned out. What is it and it's purpose?
Will it damage the motor to just remove it?
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It's likely a small thermal fuse.
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Found a bit of info here: Range Vent Quit Working - Forest River Forums
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Ah... thanks Markopollo, that was quick. That fan sure is loud though but very effective.
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Thermistor.. check

You can bypass it. But if you do you are defeating a safety device. Be cautious.

Most electronics shops will carry them, and many electrical shops as well. Or they can order one for you. Price should be less than $5.
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Thanks Bruceper, and Markopolo I ordered the part. It curious though that they just taped it around the motor which is also directly above the hottest portion above the range. If it is sensitive to heat, it would seem that once we use the range again it is sure to trip up...and need replacement again!

OK, spaghetti on me this weekend to see if it breaks...
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A small small appliance repair/ vacumn cleaner repair shop has the thermal fuses
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...and for another perspective...my home range hood has a similar device- which will turn ON the fan if high temps are reached...

scared the crap out of us here in phx where our indoor ambient temps may be higher than most....
then I read the manual

there should be markings on that switch- google them.

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