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Vornado will not stay in fixed position

My Vornado 723 will only stay in a straight upright position. If only moved slightly it will drop to the lowest position. It's supposed to have enough resistance to allow it to stay at any point between straight up and straight down. Is there any way to adjust or tighten my fan so it will stay in any position again? Thanks

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Re: Vornado will not stay in fixed position

Put some rubber washers between the floor bracket and the fan housing and tighten the knobs in which position you want

Posted on Aug 22, 2007

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Fan sweaks, is it a bearing?

Vornado makes several fan models. Whether yours has ball bearings, sleeve bearings or another type is unknown. Most manufacturers of consumer grade fans use "permanently lubricated bearings" and require no additional lubrication by the owner "for the life of the fan".

If yours does accept lubrication, you should find a "filler neck" at the front and rear of the motor housing - directly over the motor's shaft (that the fan blade is attached to). A few drops of a light bodied machine oil in each should quiet the squeaking sounds (if coming from the bearing). If there is no such filler neck on the fan, you could unplug the fan and rest it on its back - fan aimed straight up. Squirt a couple drops of oil on the shaft - close to the motor. Because the fan is pointed straight up, gravity will draw the oil down the shaft into the bearing. You may not be able to access the shaft at the rear of the motor without some dis-assembly however. You should not attempt dis-assembly if you're not sure how to go about it. After the oil has run into the bearing, you should spread out newspaper or rags under the fan(or better yet - brought outside - before powering it on, as some oil may be cast off the shaft if it spins fast enough or if there was an excessive amount of oil applied to the shaft.

I hope this helps & good luck!

Jul 28, 2012 | Vornado Circulating Fan

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Vornado very slow

Copied this from someone else who fixed his fan. Tried it and it made a world of difference. Spins free and easy, no more noise.

"I have had the same model for almost ten years, and have had to lubricate it twice - both times when the fan stopped rotating. It's obvious that Vornado never intended the bearings to be serviced, but if you're patient, it can be done. You must remove the front louver section (press the three clips inward gently). Then firmly pull the fan toward the front, off the shaft. Then remove the four nuts on the front of the motor housing - you'll note that the bolts appear to be free-floating, but that allows re-assembly after the bearings are lubricated. When the nuts are removed, firmly pull the front of the motor housing toward you. This may require a firm pull or GENTLE prying, as the rear bearing sometimes doesn't want to let go. When you have the front portion of the housing and shaft out, hold the housing and pull the shaft out of the front bearing. Again, this may require a steady firm pull straight back. When the rotor & shaft are free, you'll need some very fine emery paper to remove the varnish that's built up on the shaft (it's unmistakable where to clean the shaft.) And I never attempt to do anything with the front and rear bearing themselves - too much work, and cleaning the shaft does the job for me. Then clean everything up carefully and lubricate the shaft where it enters the bearings (and maybe a drop in the rear bearing itself.) I use a very fine machine oil that I bought at Sears, but I think any good oil would work. Then, it's re-assembly time - shaft into front bearing, shaft into rear bearing as the motor housing is put back together (lining up the bolts), four nuts on the bolts & tighten (firmly, no gorilla), press fan back on shaft (don't force it too far on - it'll stop when it's in the right place), plug in and check, re-attach front louver (just press - the clips will snap easily into place.)"

Jul 14, 2012 | Vornado Fans

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I HAVE A Vornado Type 630 fan. How does one remove the cover so that the fan blades and circular grill can be cleaned. Tahnk you, Joanna

There are three clips the hold the grill to the cowl.
One clip at 11 o'clock, one at 2 o'clock and one at 6 o'clock.
Use a flat blade screw driver to push the 11 and 2 positions down (do 11 then do 2) and the grill shold come off.
I can send pic if needed.
cawicks at g mail . com

Feb 14, 2011 | Vornado Circulating Fan

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Fan won't run at all.

If you plug it in and turn it on, does it "humm".
If so, it is getting power. It could be the blades are stuck on something: do they turn by hand?
The motor could be dirty also, is the blade hard to turn?
It can be repaired by Vornado, or you can dis-assemble the motor and clean it.

Dec 24, 2010 | Vornado Circulating Fan

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How do I open to clean 600 series vornado floor fan

There are three clips the hold the grill to the cowl.
Look along the back, outer edge of the fan.
One clip at 11 o'clock, one at 2 o'clock and one at 6 o'clock.
Use a flat blade screw driver to push the 11 and 2 positions down (do 11 then do 2) and the grill should come off. The blade just pulls off. It only goes on one way (due the the "D" shaped shaft).

Oct 18, 2010 | Vornado Circulating Fan

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I want to clean a very dirty Vornado circulating floor fan but I don't see how to get it apart.

There are three clips the hold the grill to the cowl.
Look along the outer edge, on the back.
One clip at 11 o'clock, one at 2 o'clock and one at 6 o'clock.
Use a flat blade screw driver to push the 11 and 2 positions down (do 11 then do 2) and the grill shold come off.

Oct 09, 2010 | Vornado Circulating Fan

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Switch is broken on my Vornado floor fan, circulating

Hello. Here is the link to Vornado Support. See what a new switch will cost plus shipping before you decide whether to repair or not.

Apr 09, 2010 | Vornado Circulating Fan

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Noisy table fan - Vornado silver swan

the electric motor bearings and/or brushes have worn. soft metal screws is an indication of the quality of the motor.not good. sometimes units are of nice design, look and high price but they throw in a cheap chineese motor. all you can do is put a few drops of oil on the motor bearings, its ok to do when this worn out

Jul 30, 2009 | Vornado Silver Swan Table Fan

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Opening Vornado fan (model EH1) for cleaning

How do I open vornado fan (model eh1)so I could clean fan blades?

Jul 03, 2009 | Vornado Circulating Fan

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Motor stopped


you can try and oil it, unplug it and begin taking it apart, your destination is the fan motor, dust around the motor and I would recommend using regular automotive 10w30 motor oil on that motor, put some in a small bowl and use a small baster or equivalent and oil around both ends of the motor shaft(where it protrudes from the motor) behind the fan blades and behind it, look closely with a flashlight where the motor attatches to the back guard. try get some oil in there and within the motor housing to the inner bearing areas if possible. My guess is that its sealed from the factory, but you can try, those fans are the best on the market and have a long warranty, heres a link to the manual


Aug 05, 2008 | Vornado Circulating Fan

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