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Taking apart the fan

How do I take the fan apart and get to the inner fan? The fan was pushed over and a disc at the top of the fan is loose and I'm trying to take the fan apart in order to see what happend/and repair it.
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  • Anonymous Dec 23, 2008

    I want to clean my fan, it seems to collect so much dust - but it is impossible!

  • Anonymous Dec 23, 2008

    The manual doesn't have any diagram. It says do not take apart, but i took apart my smaller one and it had tons of dust - really gross. Cleaned it up and it works great now. I just want to clean the larger one.

  • Anonymous May 24, 2009

    I had the same problem and was able to use eknickerson's excellent instructions to take my tower fan apart and clean the turbine blades. My problem came when I tried to put the fan back together. I think I sprung the metal screen too much getting it off and then couldn't get it to conform back to the fan so the screws would fit.

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Whew!! Finally figured this one out!
How to Clean Seville Classics Tower Fan
Approx Time: 1.5 hrs

Tools:
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
Toothbrush
Vacuum

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)
---Very Important in cleaning---
7.Replace pedestal! Yes all 6 screws (4) smaller inner screws and (2) larger screws
8.Stand fan upright (lower rear base cover removed)
9.At top of control panel (buttons) locate a small circular hole (top of fan) towards the rear handle
10.Take the skewer or thin/sturdy screw driver and stick it in the whole
11.Gently but firmly pop up the control panel. (it took some patience, working around the panel but it popped up.
12.Remove (4) screws and remove the secondary plate
13.Remove (3) larger screws toward the front of the fan and (4) smaller screws around the edge
---Leave the screws in the metal plate in place---
14.Remove the 3rd cover
---Now the fun part!!---
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.
16.Continue to pry the screen backwards and push edge with tabs (side of plastic front with no vents) towards the front of the fan. There are 3 metal tabs that slide in the plastic front at that edge.
---The front plastic vent face should be left in place, all of the control wires run through it---
17.With metal screen off, you can use your vacuum (highly recommended) while you scrape the "turbine" with the toothbrush. There are a lot little turbine edges and they get quite dirty. Vacuum is a must!! In fact, I had mine running the entire time.
---The plastic turbine does not come off and must be cleaned in place---
18.Putting it back together!!! The metal screen tabs might have bent a little when you pried it off, I used a leatherman (pliers) to bend them straight. With patience you slide the tabs back into the plastic slots (working from the bottom up is best), slowly start to place the screen back around the fan. When you get to the side with the bent edge, you must push the plastic vent face inward (bottom up is easiest) in order to snap the screen around the edge.
19.Now, while not letting the plastic front slip from the metal screen, grab the plastic plate and slide it on top (make sure to get the metal rod back into the rubber gasket) and push down. This will hold the metal screen in place.
20.Put all the screws back in place and snap the control panel back on.
21.Remove the bottom pedestal in order to put the rear plate back on.
22.Replace the pedestal.

This is definately a fan made by engineers with disposable income that can afford to buy a new fan every year instead of cleaning it on a regular basis! I have had my fan for the past 4 years and always leave my windows open. After sometime, the performance when down, barely eeked out a breeze and shot dust bunnies on to my carpet. Often it would overheat and shut off automatically.

After all this time, I finally figured out how to clean it and boy, was I suprised how much dirt and junk this fan collects.

Hope this helps all the frustrated tower fan owners!!





Posted on Dec 23, 2008

  • gkekesi Jun 07, 2011

    Thanks for the detailed step-by-step instructions. I had a good deal of it figured out except for the part of removing the control panel on the top. I am always afraid to force plastic pieces at the risk of breaking them. Your suggestion and directions worked flawlessly. My fan is working like new again.

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The instructions provided by eknickerson are perfect. I had already gone half way through the process (figuring it out on my own) before I decided to find instructions online just to see how sturdy it was.
Two important points for reassembly though:
1. when putting back the electrical component on top be sure to situate the wires neatly or else the wire are crushed or turned and the buttons don't do what they are supposed to.
2. the "turbine" can shift a bit during reassembly and once turned on knocks against either the bottom or the side. I found giving it a couple good whacks fixed the problem, just make sure to identify where the turbine is knocking against the unit (in mine it was on the left)

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These instructions are nice and clear. Make sure you WD40 the base gear that handles the oscillation and the both bottom and top gear for the fan blade. The panel cover is easy to get off if you pry it out with two pointed tools - one to pull it out and hold it while the other slips in to get a new bite. Also, rather than mess with the screen, I simply rinsed the fan blades with water while tilting the whole unit so the water pours out the top. Of course, you need to remove the top covers and make sure the water avoid electrical components. And of course, don't do this while plugged in.

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The complete disassembly is obviously the preferred solution, but pretty complicated for most people. I tried something infinitely simpler and it worked perfectly: blow the unit out through the front plastic grille and the back perforated assembly with an air compressor and a blower nozzle. (Keep your head out of the way to avoid the super-dusty blowback.) The corkscrew blade inside will rotate at high speed while you're blowing. Keep blowing slowly up and down to clean out the slots on the corkscrew blade unit. I took a chopstick wrapped in a damp rag to wipe the grille slots and that worked well. We use the fan year 'round in Palm Springs and it's one of the best products I've ever bought.

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