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Fan blades Motor runs properly but fan blades don't turn

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    I have from QVC model 1220 stand up box from about 3-4 years ago...blades do not go around...motor works...I called your 800 service number and it is not valid! Help..760 200-1861


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Fan only wobbles on high....recently 'bumped'

Check all your screws especially the set screw at top of fan that goes into rod. Blades could be warped from the water. Ball of fan not set in bracket correctly. When your buying a fan, look for blade pitch.13 degree or better is best. You shouldn't have to use the fan on high unless it's a low-end fan with a low blade pitch. It's costing you more money to run the fan on high. Sorry to get so preachy, I'm a fan dealer .

Jun 19, 2013 | Dryers

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When I turn it on, the blade is slow to take off turning. Sometimes it just won't go at all, so I turn it off so as not to burn up the motor. Does it need cleaning, oiling, or something else?

If you don't have the original paperwork for maintenance for the ceiling fan this is what I would suggest: Cleaning and adding lubricant to the fan's main stem.

Put some lubricant on the fan stem: a drop of oil / graphite grease will do it.

First turn OFF the power, AT THE CIRCUIT BOX - BREAKER BOX.

SECOND Get a household or larger step-stool sized ladder 5 - 6 ft - set it up by your fan, clean the stem around the blade area, wipe gently with a Swiffer duster pad (those pink & white loopy-looking pads, they come in a kit in cleaning supply section of store -- with a slide-on plastic handle, & refills).

These REALLY do work to attract the majority of the static-oriented dust that is so common on electronics.

Then :

Clean and dust off all the blades, (if wood a drop or two, of a Murphy's oil soap will keep them looking nice).

So - clean them - add the Murphy's oil soap, using a small spoonful to 1/2 cup of warm water. Mix in an empty 'Cool Whip' (or similar sized container).

And place that on your small ladder on the ladder's shelf; for ease of use -- no pesky buckets to worry about getting knocked over -- (then start to clean using a rag made from an older smooth cotton sheet, or a really worn towel that has VERY little 'lint producing' potential, (the less junk you add to this cleaned fan the better) as to ANY lint on towel or cloth residues) -- wipe carefully, working slowly -- all the surfaces of the wood!

Top, bottom and those PESKY thin edges. That way you won't be fighting extra dirt in your eyes as you try to tackle the other problem! Dry off the blades with a clean cotton rag made from a sheet. Gently, no hard rubbing needed,

Ok, so NOW you are done with the fan blade cleaning, I bet it looks nice!

Add the oil: a drop of WD40, a household oil in a metal skinny can with a progressively graduated 'needle' like top (or a small dab (using a paintbrush dedicated to that use) of graphite grease -

Some hardware stores sell it in small tubes ... (or small containers like the size of sterno fuel jars) ...

You don't want any motor running without adequate lubrication, or they run 'hot'. Then they can start to cause trouble.

Add the graphite or WD40 to the stem, let it 'run' down the stem & add a 'little' more, but not too much as to 'flood' the area below where it is needed or 'flowing' to ... before you climb down the ladder and go to turn it on -- look to see if the oil has run the length of the rod, is allowing easy movement, as to turning of the blades.

Check it manually by pushing the blade in the direction the blades are set to go, by pressing the fan blades to move forward with a flick of your fingers. They should move easily without hesitation.

Look above and below the blade location as to connection of the blade on the fan rod or stem itself, to see if all oil needed is present; stem is not appearing overly 'dry', or too 'wet' either.

When that is done to your satisfaction, climb down from the ladder, turn on the fan, let it run for a while on the LOWEST speed setting, then check back like in perhaps an hour. AS to if it needs another oil addition.

If not I'd say start out on low always to turning it on, then change to medium speed or high only later.

You don't want to start off on the highest setting each time you use it. That is a likely way to burn out a motor.

If it is running 'smoothly' without 'wobbling' or smelling 'hot' as to an electric motor that is laboring, then you are in business!

Proper maintenance is 'always' welcome if you want your appliances & fans to last ...

Highlight these instructions in yellow sharpie - if you print a copy to use, as to steps that worked well. Then follow those every time from now on.

CLEANING THE FAN at least once or twice A YEAR for basic maintenance that will save you stress, money in the long term (it won't need replacing) and help keep you cool ...!

So ENJOY your fan and the coolness it delivers!

Aug 21, 2011 | Dryers

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Marvin Model 1220. I have several of these fans and each one has issues with fan blades either not turning or slowing down and eventually stopping. I took one of the fans apart and found that the bearings...

I own a Marvin model 1220 box fan since 10 years ago. The stand broke on the hooks part. I need the buy the same, please help me on this. It is out of stock in the Internet. This fan is fantastic, but need to keep it clean so the blades don't slow down do to dust

Aug 12, 2011 | Marvin 1210 Floor / Box Fan

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My fan is not rotating when I connected to plug. There is no burning smell or anything. How can I fix the problem? Thanks in advance


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:

Good luck from Detroit, MI.

P.S.: Never turn a motor-operated appliance on for more than a second if you know it's not working. That will cook the motor windings.

Jun 12, 2011 | Holmes Products HASF1710-UC Stand...

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Have an expensive Hunter indoor/outdoor pedestal Fan that stopped working. It just "hums" and does not turn. Please help.

With the fan UNPLUGGED, try to spin the fan blade with a pencil or something that will fit through the blade cage.

If the blade spins easily, there is an electronic problem (control or motor) that must be serviced.

If the fan blade is stuck or very hard to move, the shaft and bearing are probably dirty and need to be cleaned. You can temporarily fix this with a tiny amount (a drop) of WD-40 applied to the shaft where it enters the motor. Spin the blade manually to work the oil into the bearing. If the motor spins freely, the dirty bearing condition is verified. To properly clean the shaft and bearings, the motor must be disassembled.

Jun 11, 2011 | Hunter Floor Stand Fan Stand (Pedestal)

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I have a model 5BS520C. The light works but when I pull the chain for the fan, I hear the sound of three speeds but the blades do not turn.

Here some toubleshooting:

Problem 1. Fan will not start.
Probable Cause
1. Fuse or circuit breaker blown.
2. Loose power line connections to the fan, or loose wire connections in the switch housing.
3. Reversing switch in neutral position.

Suggested Remedy
1. Check main and branch circuit fuses or circuit breakers.
2. Check line wire connections to fan and switch wire connections in the switch housing.
3. Make sure reversing switch position is all the way to one side.

WARNING: Make sure main power is turned off.

Problem 2. Fan sounds noisy.
Probable Cause
1. Blades not attached to fan.
2. Loose screws in motor housing.
3. Screws securing fan blade flanges to motor hub are loose.
4. Switch housing binding against the blade hub.
5. Wire connectors inside switch housing rattling.
6. Screws holding blades to flanges are loose.

Suggested Remedy
1. Attach blades to fan before operating.
2. Check to make sure all screws in motor housing are snug (not over-tight).
3. Check to make sure the screws which attach the fan flanges to the motor hub are tight.
4. Check to make sure that the switch housing does not bind against the blade hub.
5. Check to make sure wire connectors in switch housing are not rattling against each other or against the interior wall of the witch housing.
6. Tighten screws securely.

WARNING: Make sure main power is turned off.

Problem 3. Fan wobbles
Probable Cause
1. Setscrew in motor coupling is loose.
2. Setscrew in the hanger ball/downrod assembly is loose.
3. Screws securing fan blade flanges to motor hub are loose.
4. Fan blade flanges not seated properly.
5. Hanger bracket and/or outlet box is not securely fastened.
6. Fan blades could be out of balance.

Suggested Remedy
1. Tighten the setscrew in the motor coupling.
2. Tighten the setscrew in the hanger ball/downrod assembly.
3. Check to be sure screws which attach the fan blade to motor hub are tight.
4. Check to be sure the fan blade flanges seat firmly and uniformly to the surface of the motor hub. If flanges are seated incorrectly, loosen the flange screws and retighten.
5. Tighten the hanger bracket screws to the outlet box, and/or secure outlet box.
6. Interchanging an adjacent (side-by-side) blade pair can redistribute the weight and result in smoother operation.


Hope helps.

Sep 02, 2010 | Monte Carlo Dryers

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Vornado Circulating Fan - motor will run but blades will not turn.

Does the motor spin, but the blade is not turning?
The motor has a D shaped shaft. If the hole in the blade that the shaft goes in is rounded, then the blade will spin. In that case you need a new blade. Vornado can supply that.

Jun 27, 2010 | Vornado Circulating Fan

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Put ceiling fan up, blades are not on yet.

No. As you were assembling the wire from the fan motor to the house wiring, there should have been two wires labled. One would have been labeled "FAN" and the other "LIGHT". To properly attach the wires, (be sure the power is off) twist the thin labeled black (FAN) and blue (LIGHT) wires together. Now attach those two twisted wires to the black house wiring with one of the supplied wiring cap. Finally attach the thin white wire to the white house wire with supplied wiring cap. Your fan is now ready for operation. If you had performed all these steps when you first assembled the fan, then the thin black wire going to the fan has come loose. Should your ceiling fan still not run after all that, then it's time to return it where you bought it because either the pull chain switch is defective or the manufacturer produced a defective piece of merchandise. If you found any of my suggestions to be helpfull, please rate my solution. Thanks D. Lange

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Dayton Attic fan running backwards

First see if the switch has a reverse position. Sometimes you turn the fan assembly in the frame, sometimes you turn the whole frame around. Take the cover off the wiring compartment to see if there are instructions there. Also check on the name plate on the motor, there may be instructions there. Attic fans are usually engineered to blow out.

Aug 02, 2008 | Dayton (2C373) Fan

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Hampton Bay 36" Fan Hums but won't turn

The motor has gotten tired now after being on 24/7. With the blades off, it would turn easily but the weight of the blades strain the motor. You could check that there is proper 110 volt current to the motor because anything less will cause that problem too. You can also help the fan start by spinning the blades while it is on. Short of these suggestions, it is time for a new fan.

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