Taking apart the fan
Whew!! Finally figured this one out!
How to Clean Seville Classics Tower Fan
Approx Time: 1.5 hrs
Long Phillips head screw driver
Metal Skewer or very thin/sturdy screw driver
Empty egg carton (to keep track to the hundreds of screws)
Leatherman or small pliers
Make sure the fan is unplugged!
1.Filp fan over and remove the 2 larger screws that hold the pedestal together (keep screws organized)
2.Remove the 4 inner screws that connect to the base
4.Unscrew the 6 screws that hold the lower rear cover
5.Remove lower rear cover
6.Unscrew the 4 screws around the underside of the fan case (in a half circle)
---Very Important in cleaning---
7.Replace pedestal! Yes all 6 screws (4) smaller inner screws and (2) larger screws
8.Stand fan upright (lower rear base cover removed)
9.At top of control panel (buttons) locate a small circular hole (top of fan) towards the rear handle
10.Take the skewer or thin/sturdy screw driver and stick it in the whole
11.Gently but firmly pop up the control panel. (it took some patience, working around the panel but it popped up.
12.Remove (4) screws and remove the secondary plate
13.Remove (3) larger screws toward the front of the fan and (4) smaller screws around the edge
---Leave the screws in the metal plate in place---
14.Remove the 3rd cover
---Now the fun part!!---
15.To remove the metal screen push the plastic front in slightly at the edge with the open plastic vents (this side doesn't have tabs). There is a bent edge that is held in place by the plastic screen on this side.
16.Continue to pry the screen backwards and push edge with tabs (side of plastic front with no vents) towards the front of the fan. There are 3 metal tabs that slide in the plastic front at that edge.
---The front plastic vent face should be left in place, all of the control wires run through it---
17.With metal screen off, you can use your vacuum (highly recommended) while you scrape the "turbine" with the toothbrush. There are a lot little turbine edges and they get quite dirty. Vacuum is a must!! In fact, I had mine running the entire time.
---The plastic turbine does not come off and must be cleaned in place---
18.Putting it back together!!! The metal screen tabs might have bent a little when you pried it off, I used a leatherman (pliers) to bend them straight. With patience you slide the tabs back into the plastic slots (working from the bottom up is best), slowly start to place the screen back around the fan. When you get to the side with the bent edge, you must push the plastic vent face inward (bottom up is easiest) in order to snap the screen around the edge.
19.Now, while not letting the plastic front slip from the metal screen, grab the plastic plate and slide it on top (make sure to get the metal rod back into the rubber gasket) and push down. This will hold the metal screen in place.
20.Put all the screws back in place and snap the control panel back on.
21.Remove the bottom pedestal in order to put the rear plate back on.
22.Replace the pedestal.
This is definately a fan made by engineers with disposable income that can afford to buy a new fan every year instead of cleaning it on a regular basis! I have had my fan for the past 4 years and always leave my windows open. After sometime, the performance when down, barely eeked out a breeze and shot dust bunnies on to my carpet. Often it would overheat and shut off automatically.
After all this time, I finally figured out how to clean it and boy, was I suprised how much dirt and junk this fan collects.
Hope this helps all the frustrated tower fan owners!!
Jun 22, 2008 |
Seville Classics MSC10166 Tower Fan