Vintage Oscillating Electric Table Fan ~ Repair & Service
Where can I find info on how to take apart and repair an old electric fan? I need to re-wire this metal table fan. I've got is dissembled - as far as I can go, without worrying about doing something I shouldn't. [Have got the wire cage off and the oscillating control off.] What I really need is a repair guide/manual on how to get into the motor housing, and what to do once I'm there. I'd also like to know if the blades can be removed from the motor housing, such that they can be separately cleaned/painted. I've got an old Spartan, probably from the 1920s [?]. Is there a website that addresses this issue? A website that offers old manuals? Help...?
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If your Casablanca Fan (1928D) Table Fan has stopped working completely, or stopped in the middle of oscillating, it might be the internal AC wire that runs up the middle of the fan base, that is broken internally. First, make sure the fan is not plugged in. You have to take the whole fan apart from the front. Check for continuity on the white and black wires that run to the motor. You may have to pierce the black and white wires with a pin to check them, because they are wired directly into the motor. These two wires have a black jacket covering them that can be pulled off if you find an open wire. Either one of these wires can break internally because of the back and forth movement. Cut the wires close as necessary to the motor to make the splice. Solder and use heat shrink insulation and route the new wire back down through the base and splice them where the original wires were. I used a piece of electrical cord with white and black conductors that was cut off an appliance that was dead. It was the same size as the original so it fit well. Please note, this repair requires electrical and mechanical knowledge. You have to take the whole fan apart to do this repair.
probably burnt the electric feed wire off the light bulb socket. you will have 2 find the circuit breaker to the fan/light and turn the breaker off & then take the light section of the ceiling fan apart & look at the socket for a burnt off wire. you will need diagonal cutters to cut off the wire section with burnt insulation and wire strippers to stripe off the insulation, about 3/4 of an inch. you might be able to reconnect the wire to the light bulb socket if the socket has screw terminals but some sockets have solder terminals and require you to be able to solder the wire back on with an electric soldering gun, which cost between $12.00 to $ 30.00 you could see the cost of the tools at amazon.com also need solder and soldering flux at radio shack,home depot amazon.com or lowes.com If you need to add an extra length of wire you can connect it with wire nus from home depot. home depot sells books on lamp repair and on electrical repair or borrow the book from the library.amazon .com may even have used books on lamp repair and home electric repair for sale at 1/2 price or less.
Usually the cover pulls down, and is suspended on wires. Push together the wires to release cover. Use vacuum to clean. Dissemble using screwdriver if possible. Some newer fans are one-piece and cannot be taken apart. See if fan turns on. Open wire cover and inspect wires. Use non-contact tester to see if unit has power when switch is turned on. See if switch is good. If fan does not turn on, then wires are loose, switch is bad, fan motor is bad. Some fan motors are sold separately, and some are not, and whole unit has to be removed from between the joists, and new fan installed.
i would take the dryer apart and see how it looks inside, the real question is what caused the melt down, if it looks good then I would just replace the outlet and the cord, as long as the stud is still good. I would not run the dryer unattended as it sounds like you might have a problem, since you will have the dryer apart might as well clean all the lint out with a brush and vacuum. here is a website that will help with the dissemblance, Tim:
Revolving blades in table fans pushes out air towards the front by creating a vacuum at the back of the induction motor. Other than providing air flow, the gush of air also cools the motor. Over time, esp if used in a polluted surrounding, dust collects inside the motor and causes friction in the shaft. If left for a prolonged period, this friction causes heat eventually drying up the lubrication, causing breakdown in the motor amature windings and also a leaky starting capacitor, thus slowing down rotation and also a complete failure.
2. Fans must be regularly taken apart, cleaned and lubricated. It is fairly easy if you are willing to learn. My India made Usha brand table fan is 48 years old and is still running smooth - just changed the start capacitor last year and my National ceiling fans are more than 35 years old.
3. In fact all moving parts in any equipment must be periodically taken apart, cleaned free of dust and grime and freshly lubricated. It will outrun your lifetime and serve the next few generations.
A Haynes or Chilton aftermarket service manual has detailed electrical diagrams with wire color codes along with a lot of other useful info and costs $20-$30 US at auto parts stores.
I buy one for any car I own and even if I am getting too old to do much on them any more, I can at least get an idea of any problem that occurs before going to our local gypsy for repairs.