Well its 1 of 2 things either the winding is bad in which case you'd smell a sicky burning chemical smell, or the bearings have seized. I'm guessing the winding is bad. If its a cheap Walmart bought fan then just replace it, if not you can take it apart yourself pretty easily. You may have trouble getting the bearings of the shaft, i use a die grinder with a cutoff wheel on it, just try not to cut into the shaft, you can crack it with a hammer after your almost through then they usually just slide off. Then swing up to a bearing store they'll probably just be a couple of bucks a piece(tell them you don't care what class they are just gimme the cheapest except dolly bearings, and bring the old ones with you). Then get a piece of pipe that matches the "inner race", and carefully hammer them onto the same part of the shaft(mark it prior if there is no bearing shoulder), if there are copper wires running through the laminations (if there are any) on the shaft, tape a rag around them to prevent damage. If any of the wires are damaged on the inside of the motor go buy a new one, it'll cost several hundred to rewind it.
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Check the bearings, a spray of penetrating oil on all the bearings may help, but the ideal solution would be to strip the unit and replace the bearings. The moist air in the basement may have gotten into the bearings and started a build up of a rust film and the start of bearing siezure.
Sounds like the shaft & bearings are gummed up. Clean them up with Liquid Wrench or WD - 40 (sparingly) spinning the shaft by hand to get it inside the bearings, front & rear. You should feel it loosening up. Then remove as much as you can with a cloth while spinning the shaft. Then relube with 3-in-1 oil. --- Oil alone will not cut thru the gum. Remember WD - 40 and Liquid Wrench are not lubricants!! You must use 3 -in-1oil or the likes.
mcdevito75 here, You say you changed the batteries in both fans, tried to spin the blades and no start., Double check battery install, try another set of batteries even new batteries from the store can be weak or even dead as batteries have shelf life of, not too long. Spin the fan blades as fast but as safe as possible by hand with the on /off switch off, and listen for any noise from the fan motor, a sraping sound, or whistle could mean a bad motor. Lastly, bring the fans to a Staples, they will be glad to test them, a Radio Shack also can test the fan motors.
what you actually need to do is have the fan on ie. spinning (albeit in
the wrong direction) then press and hold the change direction button.
after about 10 seconds or so the fan will slow down and then start to
spin in the opposite direction.
it's silly they don't make this clear in any of the instruction manuals.
If you know how (and have the tools;PULLER,nut drivers,slotted and phillips screw driver,hammer,deep socket set,dikes,vise,work bench,and some high temp bearring grease) to take things appart in general, you should be able to disassemble the fan motor and either pull bearings off shaft and replace or repack w/high temp grease if not sealed bearrings. If cannot aquire a puller for removal then attempt to blow all dirt/dust off bearring and try thumbing some motor oil (or vegetable oil if no motor oil available) while turning bearing on shaft back and forth till bearrings free up.Then reassemble electric fan motor reverse disassembly(be sure to keep parts staged as they come off for reassembly in area off the work area) "NOT" over oiling the bearrings into electrical/copper areas.
These tower fans tend to die out fast. It does sound like the stator in the motor got a short since the vain still freely moves. It boils down to your emotional attachment to the fan. You can order a new motor off the internet and spend some cash. If the fan doesnt mean much Walmart has tower fans for dirt cheap ESPECIALLY around school starting.
If you can find the exact fan at Home Depot, purchase it and return the lemon that you have. I cannot find a hampton bay website. Home Depot apparently buys these directly from overseas manufacturers, so there is no "company" to contact for real support. I had no luck finding my capacitor C61 E185116. Stick with the big names like Hunter in the future. Believe it or not, I received a free trim ring for mine about five years after purchase because it kept falling onto the body. Now that is world-class support!
My fan is doing teh same thing. I have been taking the cover off and spinning the fan blade manually. It takes about 1 minute of constant manual vigorus spinning but as soon as its warmed up the fan blade spins easy and just takes off and starts working. Im sure its not the safest thing to do but it does get the fan running for the rest of the night. Once the fan has been turned off for a while the blade is hard to spin again and I have to start over with teh manual process. I am thinking its the motor being I can manually get it started by spinning the fan blade and think I will check on the cost for a new motor