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One fan blade stopped working and is hot to touch

I have had my Minka Gyro ceiling fan for a few years and have not had any problems until lately. One day I noticed that one side was not spinning, while the other fan/blade was working fine. Every now and then it will spontaneously spin, but usually it does not move. Today, I thought I would look at it more closely, and as I was removing the grid I noticed that the metal body (where I assume the motor is) was hot to touch. The fan that is working is not hot at all, only the side where the blade is not spinning. Anyone have a clue as to what is wrong and is it something that I can fix? Thanks so much!

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With the power OFF, gently spin the working fan blade with your hand; use a wood utensil handle if need be -- you're doing this just to get a FEEL of how it SHOULD rotate!
Now, with the front grill off, try turning the "hot" one...does it rotate as freely? If yes, but won't turn under power, then you have a problem with the motor internally in the "motor head."
If it does NOT turn freely, look closely at:
1) The two metal rods that attach to the motor head -- are they parallel? Squared up? Look like the other one? Pull the adjuster knob out and rotate that head gently up and back - make sure it's moving without feeling "wrong" or bound up. We want everything to be nice and balanced. next...
2) Carefully! UNscrew the pointy (mine's wood-color) end piece you use to tip that fan head; it'll be TIGHT! Get that unscrewed, the rear cover will loosen up. Turn the blades again, see if they turn freer now. Regardless, tighten that trim piece up nice and snug. if it's not freed up...
3) get your eyes to where you can check the gap between the motor head and the fan blade head. Slowly turn the fan head -- if it's off-kilter, binding against the motor head, triple check the spot and CAREFULLY, gently (use a thin, hard plastic spatula, for example) slip it in just a bit - on one side, then the other of where that fan head is tipped closest to the motor head. Take your time gently leveraging the fan head -- stop and spin the blades after each "adjustment", checking if the binding's less - or even gone! It ought to work after just a few minutes restoring a nice wobble-free rotation.
A simple binding issue is likely the cause - especially if the darn thing USED to work!!
**NOTE: after you've done the above, and it's spinning free, without looking "wrong" (like it's going to fall off!) PUT the GRILL back ON, BEFORE you yurn the fan on -- LOW! It should turn just like it's brother now.
hope this helps!

Posted on Jul 25, 2010

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    brad Wolff Jul 25, 2010

    Minka Aire Gyro Update!

    If your small gyro fan is wobbly, noisy, has a loose blade, or it won't turn but the motor housing gets warm; or; if you want to CHANGE BLADE COLORS...Read On for the Solution!

    Since our Minka Aire Gyro's mounted waaay up high, we felt it was SAFE to remove the ENTIRE GRILL to better accent the room, reduce wind noise and overall look a lot cooler(I can't suggest you do this - for obvious reasons - details are provided below, for information purposes ONLY). After removing the Fan Heads, there was lots of dust, and LOOSE SCREWS :-()

    you can't see these unless you remove the Fan Head!

    You'll need: A Strong flashlight, a long arm metric hex wrench size 3mm; Phillips screwdriver - #2 size tip, flat "wedge" (a bamboo or plastic rice server is great); and a pair of small pliers.

    1) turn off fan!

    2) get your peepers close to the gap between fan head and motor head, gently insert plastic wedge a little and shine the flashlight into the crevice. You're looking for a (dusty) black hex socket screw - at the center of the Fan Head. (hint, it will be centered between two blades).

    3) it may take a bit of oomph to slide that hex key in between - tug the Fan Head away from the motor head to get some more room - and once you get the hex key set, turn anti-clockwise to LOOSEN the hex screw; a few turns is all it needs; the Fan Head should come RIGHT OFF!

    4) There'll be dust, so wear a mask!

    5) After cleaning up the Fan Head, use the Phillips screwdriver and SNUG UP the screws - don't overtighten - you'll "feel" when they're all equal and snuggy.

    6) After cleaning the Motor Head, SNUG up the screws; there are also several small nuts on the motor, use pliers to check for snugness.

    7) (for information purposes only: the rear grill is attached via 5 "nuts" that look a lot like bicycle spoke nipples, and unscrew off threaded ends of the grill just like spokes, too!. An 8mm wrench fits them; thin lock washers are in front of the nuts. If removed, there will be 5 holes in the motor housing - to keep out dust/elements, clean inside the housing and apply correct-colored tape or the like. Or, becrazy, and apply colored stones, LEDs, or go for that "SteamPunk" look and 'thread' some thick braided copper wire around and thru the holes; epoxy Buffalo Nickels or Swarovski crystals over the holes! have fun!

    8) Once everything's been tightened, cleaned and re-tightened, look at the Fan Head HUB - there's a small flat area, and a flat area on the Motor SHAFT too. Put the 3mm hex wrench into the Hub screw, hold it secure, align those flat spots and slide the Fan Head onto the Shaft; don't let go of the hex key! The Fan Head will slide down to the hex key - good! TIGHTEN the hex screw slowly,

    **look to keep the Fan Head LEVEL - the hex key may want to kick the Head off-level.

    9) BEFORE removing the HEX key, check that the Fan Head wants to turn parallel to the Motor Head; if it's too far off, simply loosen and re-do the hex screw!

    Re-check smooth turning by hand before putting the rest back together.

    FOR FANS THAT WERE NOT TURNING: follow the above, and once Fan Head has been removed, check Motor shaft for smooth spinning - if NO, you must correct it before proceeding! good luck!


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The motor is 'locked up' that's where the heat is coming from. It may have a bad bushing or something is jammed. Give it a good look over you may see it. Does the blade feel hard to turn?

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