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Repairing an Electric Fan?

August 4, 2020

Help! My stand fan base is always falling. How to fix it?


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August 5, 20200 found this helpful
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The base could be cracked, not level or the fan is too heavy for the stand. What type of fan do you have? What does the base look like? Where are you sitting the fan and is it on carpet or hardwood floors? There are many reasons the base of the stand keeps falling over and with the lack of information that you have given us to work with it is a bit difficult to try and give you some suggestions to fix this base. Normally the base has the wiring for the fan and you need to be very careful if you are trying to fix the base. If the base falls over there is a possibility of drilling a hole in the case and adding support. But again if you do not know where the wires are and you drill a hole in the base you can nick one of the wires and cause a short. It might be best if you try and contact the company who has made this fan and see if they sell just the base so you can replace it. But again the head of the fan has the wires coming up through the base of the fan and if you do not know how to remove these wires and put them in another base this can be a very complicated job to do.

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September 30, 2019

I left my fan on high speed next to an open window. I left for work in the evening. Some time during the night my (frayed just enough) curtain slid down and behind the fan. Several strands of thread are wrapped around the shaft.

The blades still spin freely by hand, but there is no sound from the motor. Anything that I can do? Short of buying new?

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September 30, 20190 found this helpful

You will have to remove the yarn or string for this to work properly , this will help the function and the air

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September 30, 20190 found this helpful

The motor may be burned out. Remove all the strings and try to run it. If it doesnt work, you will have to get another one.

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October 28, 20190 found this helpful

If your motor is not burned up you can take it apart and remove all the string from inside the motor and put it back together. If this does not work then you'll need to buy a new one.

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October 28, 20190 found this helpful

Here are some general YouTube videos for repairing a pedestal fan:

www.youtube.com/results?search_query=repair+pedestal...

If the motor didn't burn up (so grateful you did not have a fire if this happened) you may be able to fix it.

If the motor burned out, I would get a new (or new to you) one.

Post back how it goes.

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August 29, 2017

How do you remove the speed switch and oscillating control knobs on the Honeywell HS1750 fan to remove the motor housing?


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August 31, 20171 found this helpful

I finally got the knobs off. They were harder to remove than normal. Got it apart and into the gear box to oil the back bushing. It now runs like new. Made a friend happy. Thanks.

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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 sarah

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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.

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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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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?

By AM

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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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March 24, 20200 found this helpful

This just happened to me. I fell asleep after turning mine off and when I woke up just now it was on. I dont remember waking up to turn it back on (which means I was dead asleep) and no one can enter my room. It's not remote operated, you've got to turn a knob in order to set it/turn it on and off
I probably sound crazy, but I know I took it off, it was way to cold and I always remember turning it back on

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April 22, 2019

My 20 inch round Lasko Wind tunnel fan acts like it has no power at all. Nothing. It was fine three days ago, but now it will not turn on.

Can you guys please help me fix it, it's getting hot in here :(

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April 22, 20190 found this helpful

Assuming it is fully plugged in and the outlet is working, the next step is to check the fan fuse. Instructions are here www.newair.com/.../floor-fan-stopped-working

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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, 2014

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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