Older HVAC blower motor spd control puzllers

Hi All,

This is for old-timers, or those who know everything. Have an old Lennox furnace-A/C, about 2 tons.

Got into it to clean the blower fan, which is squirrel cage design and have discovered a couple things I do not understand.

The motor is made by GE, but does not have a nameplate. It has one two wires for power and one wire (quick connect) going to a small TB, right on the motor. Changing the position of this what seems like speed select, does not seem to change the RPM, at least by listening. FL current changes a bit - this is with motor not coupled to the fan. Motor seems to be 6-pole.

Asked my friend in HVAC business, but he could not explain, except that it was for speed control.

Puzzler 1: What kind of motors were used for this application and what does the extra wire do - add winding, some internal components that I do not see?

Puzzler 2.

The fan housing has a small connection box on it. In it is a 3-wire device, which is only labeled as Basler Electric BE-8565, for SP Motor. Black to Yellow 5.3A, Black to Red 4.8A. It does not appear to be a capacitor. In this case it was connected to yellow, but the motor runs w/o the device, even faster.

What am I seeing here?



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