Just had the dreaded orange light again. Second time in a couple of weeks. Did as suggested to clean (what I thought was) the air assist fan. Turned back on, for it to go orange again. Then discovered this was not the air assist fan and had to take off to find the ‘actual’ air assist fan, which is behind the laser arm. Well we were a tad surprised at how disgustingly dirty and totally gunked up it was. Gave it a good clean and put everything back together.
Did a test print but it sounds different now. The exhaust fan at the back doesn’t appear to be working and there is another fan noise (which I can’t remember hearing before) at the right hand front (can feel the air intake just under the front).
I did another print, engraving onto a wooden hammer - same issue with fan noise AND very smelly from the engraving.
Please help - exactly how many fans are there; what are their jobs; how can I get the exhaust fan to work again? We have the original exhaust tubing connected to a powerful extractor fan and can always hear the exhaust fan kick in when starting up.
The fan not being on in the back could be because you turned on glowforge air filter attached option, on the top bar of the dashboard you will see 3 vertical dots, click that and you will see the filter option near the bottom of the dropdown menu. the slider should be to the left, if it is to the right it shuts off the fan in the back of the machine. Do you use magnets to hold down your material?
My air assist fan didn’t spin up after I cleaned it the last time – I think some of the liquified “gunk” had gotten down into the mechanism and dried there. Once I broke it free by spinning it manually, it was fine. Might be worth a try.
I know of 4 fans – the exhaust fan, the air assist fan, the tiny one on the back of the head, and the one under the front right.
The air assist fan was totally gunked up which was obviously why the orange light came on. It’s all clean now and was moving freely but tbh can’t tell if it’s actually working.
The exhaust fan is definitely not making the noises it was before so don’t think that is working and then there’s this new fan at the front which is working and can’t remember it working before
We cleaned out the exhaust fan not that long ago and it was working fine before we de-gunked the air assist fan earlier today. A bit worried about the smell coming out now. When the exhaust was clogged before, the smells went away when cleared.
Might have to re-visit the exhaust fan to see if clogged again.
The air assist fan should not trigger a light by itself, but it will give an error in the UI if not operating correctly. What can happen, however, is a bad connection from removing the head and/or carriage place to get at the air assist fan could have triggered it.
I’m sorry to hear you are having issues with your air assist fan and exhaust fan. IF you can post a video of the sound you are getting we can review it for you. here are some steps on how to clean your exhaust fan.
I have a method you can use to clean your fan.
First, you’ll need to obtain a can of 3M Novec Electronic Degreaser, which you can purchase from Amazon or Digikey.
Every time I have had the orange light of doom it has been because of a loose connection at the printhead, so that is the first place I check now. Plus if you remove the assist fan for cleaning, make sure you didn’t reinstall it backwards.
Thank you David. Since posting I have turned the GF back on. Something definitely happened at the exhaust end and it was noisy whilst printing (which is probably why I don’t normally hear the fan working at the front of the unit). It definitely needs looking at so will give your suggestion a go.
Thanks for clarifying. The exhaust fan did kick into action when I turned it on again earlier. It was very noisy so going to give it a clean tomorrow, in the day light as according to GF staff will need to take it outside. You don’t realise just how gunked up things can get. I don’t cut anything either, just engraving.