I have 35,000 BTU wall furnace with a blower motor. When the furnace heats up, the blower starts for about 2 or 3 seconds, turns off for about 5 seconds, then back on for 5 or 6 seconds, then off for 5 or 6 and then back on as it should (stays on). Shuts off appropriately as it is controlled with thermostat. I am trying to figure out why it hesitates to start at the beginning. I have oiled the motor- it spins freely and makes no noise.

  • Please edit your post to indicate the exact make/model of the furnace. That will help those with experience know how to trouble shoot the problem.
    – FreeMan
    Jan 18, 2021 at 12:59

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I doubt this is a motor problem. Sounds more like a thermostat problem, but not the main heater thermostat. The fan has its own control which, according to the manual, starts the fan 5 to 10 minutes after the furnace starts and then it runs until 5 to 10 minutes after the furnace stops. My hunch is that it is temperature-controlled and is cycling too fast at the beginning - i.e., it blows for 2 seconds, which cools down the initial air flow so fast that it turns itself off, then starts again after another 5 seconds, etc. until it runs continuously.

If it has always been this way, contact the manufacturer.

If it used to work correctly and recently started having this problem, a good cleaning may help.

By the way, I find it interesting that the blower kit is optional. 35,000 BTU is quite a bit of heat to generate without a blower. So I would definitely want that fan running well to circulate the heated air.

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    Part of the reason it's optional is because Empire furnaces can work without electricity.... Jan 18, 2021 at 4:59

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