One day my fan just stopped working. I know power is getting to it because the front panel of this particular model can twirl and it does, but it must be a separate motor than the actual fan blades are attached to because they will not spin.
Can I fix this myself? I love this fan and want it to work. Please help!
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I have a Holmes pedestal fan that does this every few years. I have had this fan for about 10 years.
Unplug the fan and remove the fan blade guard. The fan blade should spin easily when you tap the edge of the fan blades with your finger. If the blade barely moves and abruptly stops, the bearings are dirty and need to be cleaned and oiled with 10W non-detergent motor oil. A quick-fix is a tiny bit of WD-40 where the motor shaft (the rod that the fan blade is mounted on) meets the bearing (the part of the motor that the shaft spins on). To properly fix this, you must oil both the front and back motor bearings which requires removal of the motor housing.
If the fan blade spins easily and you are certain that the fan is getting power (try a different outlet) the motor may be bad. Likewise, if the fan blade will not move at all. I do not know if Holmes sells motors for these fans. Here is their online support website:
The switch is the most likely part to fail, and will have to be taken apart to be checked. If the switch is good, the fan motor could be bad, in which case it's just better to buy a new one.
If you're mechanically inclined, and can use a voltmeter, you can toubleshoot the unit, but you will have to disassemble it to get to the supply lines.
Good luck, and hope this helps.
"Our fan\'s blade will barely turn. Can it be fixed?"
Of course. Usually the front bearing gets dry and gummy. The fan may run after the armature is warm, but it fails to start when it's cold.
Unplug the fan first, right? Then lay the fan flat. If you can get access to the shaft near the front bearing, just put a few drops of sewing machine oil on the shaft. Let it sit a while, then put the fan in its normal operating position, plug it in and turn it on.
If you can't get close to that area, you'll need to take the grill off, and remove the blades. Then lay the fan flat and squirt some sewing machine oil on the shaft near the front bearing. The rear bearing is usually OK, while the front one seems to get dry and gummed up.
With the fan flat, run the motor on and off until it starts spinning freely. Then replace the blades and the grill.
Failing all this, you might find some retired old timer who still does this type of work.
mcdevito75 here, You say you changed the batteries in both fans, tried to spin the blades and no start., Double check battery install, try another set of batteries even new batteries from the store can be weak or even dead as batteries have shelf life of, not too long. Spin the fan blades as fast but as safe as possible by hand with the on /off switch off, and listen for any noise from the fan motor, a sraping sound, or whistle could mean a bad motor. Lastly, bring the fans to a Staples, they will be glad to test them, a Radio Shack also can test the fan motors.
The thermal fuse is usually mounted inside the motor or mounted on the outside of the motor. The Thermal fuse is usually wrapped up so it is kind of hard to spot right away. If you have a ohm meter or a voltage meter, you can check continuity of the wire to find out where the continuity is broken.
You should be able to ohm out the motor. If the motor doesn't ohm out good, then you then can assume that the thermal fuse is located inside the motor. If you open the motor up, Keep in mind that the thermal fuse would be closest to the casing.
Good luck, I hope you can get it working or at least figure out what went bad. If you have any questions, please feel free to post again and please remember to post a rating.