Desk fan not blowing

Old 06-05-20, 05:57 AM
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Desk fan not blowing

Seems like a silly thing the try and repair but it's a nice fan. Brand is Kichler, all metal including the blade and has nice output.
Anyway one day it worked and the next it didn't. I hasn't fallen or anything like that. When plugged in it hums but won't turn. I have not opened it yet. I'm more inclined to just toss it as i doubt they are made to be serviced but if there's a chance I'll take it.
Considering its humming is there a relay that may have gone?
Old 06-05-20, 06:22 AM
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Since it hums you know it's getting power. If you can spin the blade [with a pencil or something] and then it takes off it means the motor is on it's last legs.
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If it spins after you kick start it with a pencil then you might have some luck lubricating the bearings.
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I tried the kickstarting thing previously and it didn't work. The more i increase the potential power (it has levels of strength) the more intense the humming is, but when i nudge the blades the just move as much as they are nudged. And the pinion the blades are on is engaged, when i push them the don't turn freely.
sounds like I'm just going to send up tossing it. Frustrating as it's more powerful and quieter than most other common fans (Honeywell, etc) with 3-prop plastic blades.

Appreciate the suggestion just the same,
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Are you spinning the blades in the direction they rotate when the motor was operational. Is this a ceiling fan with a switch for changing motor rotation?
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With no power applied will the blades spin? If not then your problem is gummed up bushings. Taking the fan apart and applying a couple of drops of oil to each end will probably fix it.

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