How to fix seized fan?


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Old 04-19-21, 04:26 AM
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How to fix seized fan?

I've got a fan on my porch that won't start. I have replaced the chain switch but that didn't work. I can feel it trying to start but I can't manually spin the blades. What's the best way to unstick the motor or blades?
 
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Old 04-19-21, 04:40 AM
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If the motor has died the cost of repair will likely be more than a replacement!
 
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Old 04-19-21, 05:55 AM
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If you can't turn the fan by hand then it's probably too far gone for repair. If the motor hums and it will start running with a gentle push then oiling the bearings/bushings will often get it going again. But if yours wont turn at all it's probably rusted in place.
 
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Ok. Are there any recommendations for a porch fan? It's got a long downshaft.
 
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They are called pedestal fans.
 
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If the power is switched off and you cannot spin the fan, it is usually time for a new fan. If you can spin the fan, the capacitor may be bad. You might find the capacitor on line or contact the manufacturer. If replacing the fan, find one that has a short downrod and you may be able to use your existing downrod.
 
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Old 04-22-21, 06:17 AM
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Check and home improvement stores. Most have outdoor fans of various configurations.
 
 

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