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How to open seville classic fan for cleaning

Hi! i want to know how do i open this stand fan to clean the inside. I have 8 months-old boy and I can't be running this fan like this inside the house. By the way.. i got this fan 2 days ago from my mom-in-law.

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  • Anonymous Mar 15, 2009

    i can't get the grill off to clean the blades



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You can find the manual here. It shows assembly, etc,

Posted on May 16, 2010

  • lettya2000 Nov 18, 2010

    the manual only tells you not to take it apart to clean it.

  • B D Stache Apr 26, 2012

    To clean this fan you have to completely disassemble it...not a job for the faint of heart. I did it, but it took me a couple of hours to do it. You will need a Phillips screwdriver that has at a minimum an 8" shaft to access all the sunken holes.


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Most late-model fans I've seen have a series of clips around the outside of the grill. These clips swivel out, allowing the outer half of the grill to come off.

Next, the blade hub unscrews in the OPPOSITE direction of the blade rotation. Once the hub is removed, the blade pulls straight off.

The blade and grill front can be washed in the bathtub or taken outside to be hosed off. If you need to remove the back grill, there is usually a hub that unscrews there as well. It will unscrew in the usual way.

Posted on Mar 31, 2008

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I was amazed to see all the videos on Utube without any instructions on how to take tower fan appart. Quite simple: Take bottom plastic covers off. Once the four screws are removed, pry open the covers with screwdriver. It is somewhat difficult, but persitence will pay off. Then, remove all screws that hold the front metal grill. Now, go to the top of the tower fan and insert thin screwdriver through a little hole on the control pannel. Use the screwdriver as a liver to pry open the control pannel off. Be carefull as the pannel is secured with plastic pegs into the outer housing. Once you pull off the pannel you will see a bunch of screws. Remove all the screws and pull off the top housing which contains the top fan bearing. DO NOT REMOVE THE TWO SCREWS THAT HOLD THE BEARING. Now, you can pry open the metal grill since it is wedged, on both long-sides, inside the plastic housing as in "dovetailed". With the fan completely exposed, I was unable to find out what is wrong with the fan motor that is not working. Mind you, the oscilating motor is working. Likely, a fuse is burnt, but I could not find the fuse anywhere. ANY SUGGESTIONS?

Posted on Sep 03, 2013

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Hey there Big Bob...Thanks for the clear, simple instructions on how to take a tower fan apart. I have a Seville Classics "tower" fan (model # 10187) manufactured in 2006. A neighbor of mine was about to toss it back in 2010, because the oscillation mode wouldn't work anymore, as well as the remote functionality. I grabbed it before it got hauled off - to see if I could make the thing work (never had a tower fan before but it looked kind of cool). 1st thing I did (without any manual or looking it up on the internet) was to break out my trusty Phillips screwdriver & stick it into any slots I could find - starting with the base & then the lower housing. I see you & others mentioned HAVING POWER PROBLEMS, so let me share with you what I found when I took off the bottom panels. Inside the base I found an 8" shaft covered in more plastic housing. At the top of it is a circular tray containing a knot of wires shrink wrapped in black plastic. This leads up to a 2nd circular tray where the wires are exposed & color coded. I FOUND that by repeatedly MOVING AROUND THE BLACK KNOT OF WIRES while pressing the power button the fan would turn on. I kept moving the black knot until I found a position where THE POWER STAYED ON. Unfortunately, when I tested the oscillation mode, after the fan would turn 3", it would still cut off. The good news is that the fan will turn back on when in a stationary position. BUT, turning the fan by hand, from one side to the other, still results in the power cutting off again. So, as long as the fan tower is not rotated more than 45 degrees the power will continue to stay on (I plan to put more time in later to see if I can fix or adjust the black knot of wiring to get the oscillation mode working normally). Now, CLEANING THE INSIDE OF THE TOWER FAN seemed impossible until I found your simple step-by-step instructions. Last week, before I found you helpful post, I tried to vacuum the dust buildup out through the grill slots.I just turned on the vacuum hose & held it up to the vents as, at the same time, I used my Phillips screwdriver to try & loosen up the dust balls inside the fan housing. BAD MOVE, as the screwdriver struck the spinning fan drum (I had assumed there were a bunch of separate small fans inside the housing, and didn't know until I opened it up later - following your instructions - that I learned it contained one long spinning fan drum. FOR THOSE COMPLAINING OF RATTLING SOUNDS from their tower fans THE CAUSE MAY BE A BROKEN SLAT ON THE FAN DRUM. I had continuous rattling coming from my tower fan after my Phillips screwdriver struck the fan drum. When I later was able to get the steel housing off, I checked every slat in the 6 rows that make up the fan drum. I DISCOVERED THAT 3 SLATS HAD CRACKED AT THEIR BASE ATTACHMENT POINT to the fan drum (even though all 3 slats, being next to each other, had a gash mark at a same upper midpoint spot). I used DUCO CEMENT GLUE (in the green tube - been around for decades) to reattach the bottoms of the slats, allowing it to dry 1 day & then applying a 2nd coat for added strength. Finally, in regards to REMOVING THE METAL GRILL FAN HOUSING, one thing to BE AWARE OF is THE 4 METAL TABS evenly spaced from top to bottom ALONG THE "GRILL" SIDE - which is the side that is wedged tight (the "solid" metal side is just a groove that runs its length, and therefore is easy to slip off). Thanks for everyone's help and hope this has provided some help for the next Seville Classics tower fan owners that run into problems like we all have. p.s. Now that I know how to get into it ~~~ I THINK I'LL KEEP IT ! ! !

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My fan stopped working and I tried going inside from the top to a frustrating avail, called the company and was just about to ship it for service when I turned it upside down and found a hole in the bottom. So I took my vacuum hose and inserted it in the hole, turned the vac on for about a minute or two, plugged the fan back in and to my compete suprise it worked - although only temporarily. Apparently still have to send it in. Maybe that's a way to clean it though.

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Formula for cleaning a tower fan:
1 back yard, 1 leaf blower, 1 extension cord if leaf blower is electric, 1 face mask, 1st pass from front to rear, 2nd pass from rear to front. Repeat until no dust in either direction. That's how the dust got in there, that's how you get it out!!! No tools required.

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U lick it

Posted on Jul 28, 2008

All you have to do is where you press the power on /off there is small hole just flipp it using small screw driver and that is where you can find to screws that will allow you to remove the fan.

Posted on Jul 01, 2008

  • jlvelazco Dec 30, 2010

    Usually the fan stops due to top bearing frozen or out of grease, remove top switch cover by inserting small pocket screwdriver and prying at the access hole near "seville " emblem.
    Leave wires do not try to remove them . Notice the end of the fan shaft bearing
    held by two screw, remove screws and pry the bearing or use wd40 to loosen up old grease.
    clean fan shaft and inner bearing surface, reassemble back with new grease. You'll have a new fan.


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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
3.Remove 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)
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13.Remove (3) larger screws toward the front of the fan and (4) smaller screws around the edge
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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.
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