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Repairing an Electric Fan

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Electric Fan
If your fan is not working properly, you may be able to fix it. This guide is about repairing an electric fan.


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August 31, 2010

My oscillating standup fan is acting funny. When I put it on it takes awhile before it starts. I thought it was done for, but it still works. I wonder what I can do for this. Is it broken? Anyone have this issue? Thanks.


By flower51

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August 31, 20100 found this helpful

Have you tried cleaning the fan. A little oil may be needed at the fan blades to make it turn more freely when you turn it on.

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August 31, 20100 found this helpful

If it is the type of fan that always started gently and slowly, and not with a sudden start like a pump, then it just needs cleaning and lubricating. You may have to remove the decorative outer cover to see the oil holes in the bearing holder. Use WD40 first to flush out dirt and hardened lubricant, and run it for a while. Then follow up with sewing machine oil.

If it is the type of fan that normally starts at full speed and makes a barely audible click when it reaches near full speed, then you better let a professional work on it. It will need to have the speed sensing start-switch cleaned and/or replaced and quite possibly the start capacitor as well. While that is simple, easy and quick for a professional, an amateur would not have access to the required parts.

Have FUN!



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September 3, 20100 found this helpful

With the fan unplugged, remove the grill, and put a drop or two of 3-in-1 oil on the fan shaft and let it run inward toward the motor. Give the blades a spin manually and clean off any dust and gunk on the blades and motor housing. Wash the grill while it's off. Put the grill back on the fan, and plug the fan in and start it. This usually works for me. I've kept several fans going for 25 years or more with this simple maintenance.

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By 0 found this helpful
March 10, 2016

My Panasonic table fan's speed button does not work, meaning none of the speed buttons are turned on.The fan runs once the switch is turned on. What is the problem?


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May 30, 20170 found this helpful

my electric fan button does not work 1 and 2 only 3 work

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May 9, 20140 found this helpful

My fan stopped working a while back. After the cold, it started back working. Then it wouldn't turn, then my fix-it daughter sprayed WD 40 on or in it. It smelled like it was burning and stopped working. Did she make the motor burn out?

By Cynthia

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May 19, 20140 found this helpful

I certainly couldn't say for sure, but since the thing wasn't working properly in the first place, it is not likely your daughter's fault. I think it was worn out. WD-40 doesn't harm things, in my experience.

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By 0 found this helpful
August 27, 2013

I walked into the bedroom and my oscillating fan turned on by itself when it was totally in the off position, turned back off by itself, and then turned back on. I unplugged the fan and puzzled as why the fan did this. Could it be a problem with the outlet or a power surge?


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August 29, 20130 found this helpful

It is possible that your remote for the fan is hidden and is touching something around it. Check when it turns on or off. You may be sitting on it.

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