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The squirrel cage started making horrible grinding sounds.

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The squirrel cage started making horrible grinding sounds. It was suggested that some screws need to be adjusted.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: HVAC
Expert:  Rick replied 1 year ago.

What squirrel cage? on your furnace blower?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
on the furnace blower of our Trane XL 90
Expert:  Rick replied 1 year ago.

It's possible that the set screw that secures the squirrel cage to the motor shaft has come loose. When that happens the cage can slip out of position and grind on adjacent surfaces. You need to remove the blower and re position the cage so it doesn't rub against anything and spins freely. It's also possible the bearings are gone (much less likely) and you need a new blower.