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Your fan has sealed bearings ... you shold not oil them ... if the bearings are worn out ... replace the bearings or better yet ... replace the fan.

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I have a u2-1287 that runs smooth after a few hours makes noise

most electric fans have steel rotor shafts with bronze bearings.

they "call" them oilite bearings,susposedly because the bronze bushing (it is really a bronze bushing) but called a bearing, is oil impregnanted and susposed to be good for the life of the fan.

that is only true if you expect the life of the fan to be ONLY 18 to 24 months which is the average time that the factory oil lasts.

the oil dries up the longer the fan runs and the shaft makes the bronze bushing begin to heat up due to increased friction and eventually wear the round bronze bushinhg egg shaped.

Try giving your bearings a good healthy squirt of sae 30 wieght oil from a zoom spout-- [pull out straw squeeze bottle refillable oiler.]
I recommend oiling both the front and real fan motor bearings once a month.
This is the most common cause of fan failure.
Because I oil my fans bearings once a month,I still have fans that run from 1940,1950,1960 and 1970. The 1940 GE fan lasted 70 years and is still running strong.

Some newer fans have chinese ball bearings , but the ball bearings also die prematurely from lack of needed oil.
Sometimes, you can pry off the bearing race cover to get oil into the bearing.
a good trick here is to use wd40 if you think you cant get sae 30 into the bearing.
wd40 is a n extreemly light wieght oil that penetrates very well
and gets into places where you think it wont get into .

You can totally wet up a fan motor with either
sae 30 or wd 40 or both without worrying about the electric
motor being harmed by the oil.
the oil,sae 30 or wd 40 wont hurt the motor.

On badly rusted and nearly siezed fan motor bushings , or any electric motor as well, I use first wd40 for penetration and then sae 30 for good long duty lubricatin.

You may have to keep squirting ioil in the motor for 1/2 hour and end up with a puddle of oil under the fan motor, but about 40 % of the time ,you can bring back to life what yo thought was a dead motor. Perserverance is required and faith that you can fix the motor. 40 % of the time you get sucess to one degree or another and 60 % of the time ,its kaput for good.

I got all those fans i mentioned before because other people thought the bearing were seized and shot, and put the fans in the garbage pail where I rescued the fans from.
the bearings were almost siezed but far from shot becaue i got oil in to the shafts and bearings and another 12 to 20 years of life from the fans. However,i do oil them monthly in fan season, which is winter time for me, since I use fans to blow the hot air off my wood stove,

Oct 10, 2013 | Patton Dryers

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How to oil a standing Hunter fan

If the fan does not have 3-in-1 oil'r cap located near each end of fan, then lay fan down so blades are up. Then use WD40 with straw to spray on the turning shaft and let oil drip down for several hours.
You cannot over-oil a turning shaft, so plenty of WD40. Just be careful because air mist from WD40 is harmful to breathe and vapor is extremely flammable, so no smoking while spraying.

Sep 21, 2012 | Hunter (90121) Stand (Pedestal) Fan

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Troubleshooting lakewood fan model hv 18

This one the best brands on the market that I have ever owned.
If the fan motor will not turn on or hums and/or turns slowly more than likely its a lubrication problem.

1. Unplug the fan from the wall remove the 516 screws to the cage

2. Try turning the fan blade by hand if it is tough to turn more than likely it's a lubrication problem

3. You will have two oil holes one in the front one in the back spray WD-40 into these holes, turn the fan blade if it starts to free it up apply more WD-40 and keep turning the blade add more WD-40 until the blade turns freely. Especially in the rear oil hole because this is an oiled bushing that you are adding oil to. Once the fan is turning freely replace the front cage with all the screws plug the fan and I hope this solves your problem. You may add 3 in 1 oil or some other very light lubricating oil periodically.

I hope this solves your problem Mike

Mar 03, 2012 | Lakewood HV 18-c Floor / Box Fan

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First you have to check the lamp cooling fan of your projector. If the lamp cooling fan of your projector is faulty or it runs in a low speed this problem can occur. Another possibility is the faulty temperature sensor. you have to check the temperature sensor near the lamp. normally a sensor with two wire fitted on the lamp Cage.
if fan is suspected then remove the fan and try to oil the fan and the re fix it and try again. for oiling the fan watch the following video.
The video is for oiling a pc fan you can follow the same to oil the lamp cooling fan

Jul 18, 2011 | Taxan U6-132 Projector

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My cast iron original hunter ceiling fan needs a manual boost to start rotating after the switch is turned on. The fan has plenty of oil. What is the problem?


There are a couple of issues which can cause this with the Original. First, is this an American made fan, or a Chinese made fan? The main difference between the two is the motor type. The Chinese version should have an "A" after the model#.

First question, when you turn the fan off, how long does it take to come to a stop? From high speed it should take at least 60 seconds, from low at least 20 seconds or so. Also, are you trying to start this fan from a wall switch on low speed?

The first issue which can cause this is oil level, I know you say it has plenty of oil, but, depending on how you checked it, it may not be enough in the reservoir. To check it, you take a pipe cleaner and bend it over to form a J with the hook portion being 3/8"-1/2" long and dip it into the oil cup at the top of the switch housing as said in the below links. Remember, if you have a Chinese fan from 2002-2007 (after 2007 there is a brass cap on top of the motor where you add the oil and it functions the same as the American fans), the oil hole will be on the switch housing and you must lean the motor over to add oil, if you add it with the motor level there will not be enough oil in the reservoir. If you are indeed full of oil, run the fan on high, and with a LARGE screwdriver used as a stethoscope, remove the switch housing cap (two screws) and insert it all the way to the top of the switch housing and put your ear to the other side of it, then turn the fan off and while it coasts down listen. You should hear very little noise if anything at all, it should be totally smooth oil if circulating through the oil system, if it sounds dry and gritty or like metal on metal, then oil is NOT getting to the top of the armature. If this turns out to be your problem, I can help you fix it.

The second issue which could cause this, is the capacitor is getting weak and the motor isn't generating enough torque to start. I think this is fairly unlikely as I have never seen an Original with a bad cap.

The third issue could be that, if the oil is where it is supposed to be and if you have tried putting an extra snort in the oil hole and that doesn't cure it, that something has gotten into the oil reservoir and is binding the bearing up. Bugs seem to love the oil cups of these fans for some reason and I have discovered wasps, beetles and flies in the oil cups before when dis-assembling these fans for repair. If you have exhausted the other possibilities, remove the fan and drain the oil out of it, shake the fan a few times to make the rotor bang back and forth and then re-install the fan and re-fill with new 10wt oil. (do not use 3-in one oil in either the red or blue can, both of which contain napatha)

If you have the American made fan, this is the owners manual
If you have the Chinese fan, this is the owners manual for it

If this is an American made fan, it's worth repairing, if it is NOT an American made fan and after troubleshooting it and not finding a fix, I recommend calling Hunter and warrantying the unit out. The motors carry a lifetime warranty.

Dec 12, 2010 | Hunter 23918 Classic Original Iron Fan

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Older hunter original, needs lubrication. Where do I put the lubrication in? What kind of lubrication/oil? Used to buy fan oil, but no longer available, Fan has clicking noise and lubrication oil...


This is the owner's manual to your fan

As for oil, you can use one of two oils. Depending on how old your fan is, I suggest changing the oil by removing the fan, turning the motor completely over and letting it drain into the "dish" on the part that spins, clean the oil out of there, then re-hang the fan and oil with 1 oz of either Hunter Fan Oil (which is available from hunter, or on ebay, just search for Hunter Original Fan) or Zoom Spout Oiler, both are the same oil.


Sep 23, 2010 | Hunter Dryers

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Is sewing machine oil the same weight as ceiling fan oil?


First, how old is this fan, and secondly is it exhibiting symptoms of low oil? If it is, just adding oil is not enough, you should change the oil in it, by removing the fan, placing paper towels (lots of them) around the part which the blades attach to and turn the fan over dumping the oil into the paper towels.

If it is not having problems and you just want to top it off, use either the Hunter fan oil, or a product called "Zoom Spout Oiler" Both are a 10wt Turbine oil. I have also used 5w20 engine oil in these fans with no ill effects, but I don't recommend it.

If you have any more concerns, don't hesitate to ask.

Here's the manual to your fan.

Sep 18, 2010 | Hunter 23852 Classic Original Ceiling Fan

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My fan is clicking. Does it need oil?

If this bis a ceiling fan, then most likely the blades need tightening.
The bearings on MOST common ceiling fans these days are permanently-sealed, no oiling required or possible. Some older fans such as some of the Hunter units can and should be oiled.

Aug 23, 2009 | Chateau Dryers

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Check/add oil to a hunter ceiling fan

If you are asking for instructions on checking and possibly adding oil to a Hunter Original fan. Here are instructions:

Check oil level immediately after filling the reservoir. To check oil, bend an ordinary pipe cleaner into a 1/2" long hook and dip it into the oil reservoir.

If oil touches the end of the pipe cleaner, the fan has ample oil. If it does not touch, add SAE 10 non-detergent oil slowly until it touches the pipe cleaner.

-Hunter Original fans rarely/ never need oil unless they were relocated or tipped. ...Or if the fan was improperly installed.

-Hunter sells an oil refill / oil level check kit with good instructions. They also sell a relocation kit that includes the same kit plus all mounting hardware needed.

Good Luck!

Apr 26, 2009 | Hunter 23852 Classic Original Ceiling Fan

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How to clean and oil GE Vortalex 4 blade fan

Go to your hardware store, home depot or whatever you have where you live and get 'FAN OIL' which is make specifically for fans.
Good luck. :)

Mar 22, 2009 | Dryers

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