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Obviously getting power, but there's resistance of some kind.
Check blades are clear - not trapped against enclosure - try spinning by hand (unplugged!)
If they don't move easily, but there's no blockage, spray a little WD40 where the blade assembly fits onto the spindle.
How old, how much was the fan? It might be quicker and save time to buy a new one

Posted on Jul 31, 2009

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