Question about Lakewood R12-DSK Table Fan

1 Answer

Fan Blade Wobble or Part of the Design?

I purchased the 12" desk fan and although it is running okay, as in fairly quietly, I see that there is kind of a "wobble" when you look a the running blade from the side. It looks like the blade assembly is "pumping" in and out at a fast and consistent rate. Is this part of the design? Or is this something I will need to fix? I'm not willing to do too much to this fan because it wasn't cheap and I believe that products should work right out of the box. Please advise!!! Thank you! My concern is that running the fan with this kind of "wobble" will damage the motor, if it is in fact not part of its regular function.

Posted by on


1 Answer

  • Level 2:

    An expert who has achieved level 2 by getting 100 points


    An expert that got 5 achievements.


    An expert who has written 20 answers of more than 400 characters.


    An expert who has answered 20 questions.

  • Expert
  • 48 Answers

The problem you are getting is due to a warped fan blade, assembly of motor, or unbalanced spin radius. Your best bet on this is to seek a replacement from your manufacturer, as this is likely a fault of the assembly process, or even of manufacturing the fan blade set anyway. While the problem is not a major one, and you will be just fine using said fan for some time, it will shorten the life of the motor, which will eventually run dead due to extra stress. To prevent excess wear and tear, run the fan at a slightly lower speed, i.e. on 2, maybe even 1. At higher speeds, the centripetal force will cause the blades to warp further, and pull the motor back and forth, and thus, cause the unit further damage.

Posted on Jun 04, 2007


1 Suggested Answer

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

A 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
The service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of (from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones).
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.
Good luck!

Posted on Jan 02, 2017


Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

1 Answer

How can I get my Seville desk fan to stop squeaking? When I called their toll-free number, they said their fans don't squeak. Talk about a company being in denial!! Their only suggestion was to take it to...

Remove the guard, remove the fan blade. Lay the fan on its back and drip 4 drops of 3 in 1 Oil down the spindle. Turn the spindle by hand about 6 turns and leave it overnight with the spindle upwards. The next day, run the fan with the blade off and see if the squeaking has stopped. If it has, replace the blade and guard.

If it is still squeaking, it is the bearing at the other end of the motor. That one is not quite so easy to lubricate and usually the motor would need to be fully stripped down, cleaned and lubricated.

Aug 24, 2015 | Dryers

1 Answer

Fan has broken blades. need to replace blade assembly. Where can I get one?

THEY ARE NOT UNIVERSAL! Is it the blade or blade holder? What make/model of fan do you have? You need to buy a whole set of whatever you need or most likely your fan will wobble.

Jul 13, 2015 | Dryers

1 Answer

Just bought it. quiet for 2 hrs then an inconsistent scratching, buzzing scraping kind of sound that we CAN't sleep through. compressor is working fine and so is fan. HELP??!!

Might have something loose or broken and is hitting the fan inside. If it is a slushing sound, that is the water being slung back up unto the fan blade and condensor coil to cool the inside of the unit.

Jul 17, 2012 | Frigidaire Compact Air Conditioner

1 Answer

Does this fan have a brushed motor? Thanks Phil

The Exhaust Fan/Video Card System Fan Kit from StarTech is an add-in cooling fan designed to fit in the PCI or ISA expansion slots of any computer. It is used to exhaust warm air out preventing problems due to overheating components. The exhaust fan inlet faces adjacent PCI or AGP cards and makes a great video card cooler for hot running 3D accelerator cards like the Voodoo TNT2 GeForce256 and others. A quiet running brushless DC motor coupled with a high efficiency blade design is capable of moving 36 CFM (cubic feet per minute) of air. Power is supplied to the fan using a standard LP4
hope this helps

Jun 11, 2011 | Dell POWEREDGE 350 COOLING FAN...

1 Answer

Will a smaller blade on a ceiling fan cause problems

Interesting situation.. not many people want to down-size a fan. Anyway, reducing the size of the fan blade shouldn't cause a problem - as long as the pitch or angle of the blade remains the same or is less than the original. Increasing the angle with a smaller blade could actually move MORE air than what the motor was designed to do - resulting in overloading and shortening the motor's life in the best case scenario. Worst case scenario - well, anything for electric devices in a worst case scenario usually involves fire, burns and even death (though not likely to happen).

Prior to starting, make sure all the blades are the same in every way including: length, width, angle and weight. A warped blade can cause wobble, too. Stand on a ladder and spin the fan by hand. Look for a blade that is tipped up or hangs lower than the others. Make adjustments as needed to correct (it may not be possible to correct a warped blade - so be forewarned). If any of the variables listed in the first sentence of this paragraph are different from those of the other blades, wobble and motor noise will result. Neither condition should be allowed to exist longer than absolutely necessary. You can minimize these effects by operating the fan at a slower speed. Generally, the blades should be pretty close in all of these variables - but a wobbly fan indicates an imbalance. Weights placed on fan blades can help correct wobble - but can be tricky to determine which blade is the cause.

Good luck!

Dec 22, 2010 | Hampton Bay 73554 Antigua Ceiling Fan

1 Answer

New fan with downrod wobbles when on high speed and low speed. Does not wobble on medium speed. How do I stop the wobble completely?

Measure from the same spot on the ceiling to the outer most tip of each blade (by rotating to the tape). The distance should be the same, if not check fan blade screws for tightness. You might have to bend the fan blade brackets a little to get the same measurements, if the screws are all tight. If all this lokks good, you might to use a balancing kit...just follow the's not too bad to do

Feb 18, 2010 | Hampton Bay Dryers

1 Answer

A broken blade on our Hampton Bay Brushed Nicel Romano

you can call air cool, they manfacture and service the fan. 800-896-4908 price as of 7-12-10 was $12 per blade and $30 for the set of four. manual is $5 as well
Good Luck

Oct 22, 2009 | Hampton Bay 52 In. Brushed Nickel Romano...

1 Answer

Fan vibrates real bad. Needs a new blade. 18 inch floor fan. Blade is weak and bends easily.

Stick a small weight to the end of one of the fan blades with some sellotape , run the fan , if the noise gets worse transfer the weight to another blade.
When the fan is running quietly go to the blade opposite to the one with the weight on and drill out a 10mm hole in the material.

Take the weight off and check for balance if it is still out drill another smaller hole in the blade till you get a balance

Drill the holes a the tip of the blade so that you get the best effect from the removal of material

This will save you buying a new blade

Oct 09, 2009 | Outdoor Concepts 18-Inch High Velocity...

1 Answer

2000 Altima - when fan starts (to cool engine

Might be the fan bearings are going bad and letting the fan wobble abit on start up. Check for cracked fan blade, or loose.

Jul 12, 2009 | 2001 Nissan Altima

Not finding what you are looking for?
Lakewood R12-DSK Table Fan Logo

Related Topics:

154 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Lakewood Dryers Experts

Craig Butler
Craig Butler

Level 3 Expert

1723 Answers

Donald DCruz
Donald DCruz

Level 3 Expert

17130 Answers

Jay Finke
Jay Finke

Level 3 Expert

1383 Answers

Are you a Lakewood Dryer Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides