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I need to take the fan apart to clean all of the dust inside. how do I do that

You will need a phillips screwdriver (preferably 2 different sizes - some of the screws are tiny), q-tips and a can of wd-40.
On the back of the brookstone (the darker gray side) you will find 4 screws inside of 4 channels. Take these out.
Put the fan on its head. pry off the 5 rubber bases and set aside carefully so as they won't lose their stickiness. You will see 5 screws beneath these. Remove them and then remove the bottom plate. Now remove the 2 screws and washers, noting that the rounded side of the washer was facing you. Now pivot the base so that the 4 holes on the outer part of the base line up with the 4 screwsheads that are screwed into the tower. Take these out.
The 2 gray tower pieces should now separate easily. set the fan on a newspaper and blow away as much of the surface dust as your can. Now use your wd-40 (with a straw nozzle attached) and spray into the motor area where the actual fan turns. Also spray, from the top down, along the metal rod that connects the fan to the motor.
Now use the q tips, dipped into warm water, to clean the dust from the fan "blades" and to clean any other nooks and crannies you can see.
Lube the motor up one more time, put the machine back together and leave to dry out overnight.
Will work like a charm afterwards.

Jul 07, 2011 | Brookstone MiniMax Tower Fan

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How do I clean this thing without having to take fan apart? Vacuuming is not adequate.

If you are trying to clean the indoor fan motor and cage, your best bet is to use compressed air if you don't want to take it out and apart. Get a tank at any auto parts store with a nozzle and hose, fill it with air, and blow out the dust and lent build up.
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Mar 30, 2011 | Heating & Cooling

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I have a seville classics tower fan. How do I take it apart to clean it?

Good Luck!! I too have one and although I was able to take off a bottom panel and clean it- the important area (fan) proves quite inaccessable. I am very mechanically adept too. Either way felt it was a lot of trouble for nothing- so I used a powerful vacuum blower to blow out all the dust instead. When these fans can be purchased for 50 bucks, new, at Cost Co, it sort of eliminates the need to get real carried away with maintenance.

Nov 12, 2010 | Dryers

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Took apart my electrolux 6500 sr. How do I get my fan shroud off to clean the blades? Thank you.

Oops. Don't. First blow it out with another canister vacuum or air hose. That's usually sufficient for removing dirt and dust. For dust/dirt in the motor, use a motor cleaning spray that can be picked up at most auto parts stores. One that evaporates quickly and doesn't leave a sticky residue. One's called Electric Motor Contact Cleaner by Gunk ( There are others.
Hobby shops may also have one available called Dynamite Magnum Force 2 Motor Spray.
It shouldn't be that dirty unless someone has been using generic "made to fit" Electrolux bags. Or if water or other liquid has been vacuumed, resulting in rust, etc.

Keep in mind that reassembling the vacuum is more difficult than taking it apart. If not done so correctly, various problems may result. While you have it apart, it would probably be a good idea to use pipe cleaners to clean out the tubes connectiong the "control valve assembly" to other parts of the vacuum. Also, unscrew the knob at the top of the "cva" to check for wear and breaks. Clean dust thoroughly from all interior parts.

Oct 05, 2010 | Electrolux Epic 6500 Vacuum

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I have a small Massey fan . I CAN'T get it apart

I have three of these fans, and my solution to you is simple and easy. Take the fan outside, get your garden hose, and wash it down from the front, top, bottom and back. Don't worry about the electrical parts, if you let it sit out in the sun all day, or overnight, it will dry and work like a charm.

If you can get the small screws off the front, even better yet, wash the fan as described above, and after it dries, spray some silicone spray right on the shaft of the motor. Turn the fan to face up so the silicone will ooze down through the other side of the shaft. Run the fan to blow away all the extra silicone. If you don't do it outside, and spray it and then bring it into the house and run it, you'll get silicone all over your furniture.

Run the fan about five minutes, replace screws, wipe any access silicone down, and you are ready to use. Do not use regular oil like 2 in 1, because this oil will attract dirt and cause the fan to run noisy and rough with the dirt stuck to it.

Finally, don't wait for your fan to get noisy or slow, when you see a lot of dust building up on the front grill, its time to take your fan outside and wash it down. If the dust is left on there, your fan wont blow air through the dust and will not be efficient. It will also start to build up dirt on the motor shaft.

Remember, after you wash the fan, be sure its dry before bringing it into the house and starting it. Electric shock is unforgiving, but once the fan is dry, its good for a few months.

Mar 15, 2010 | Dryers

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Heater fan dont work all the time on my 94 volvo 960

After some years, the the filters (made of foam) in the HVAC system can become dry-rotted. Debris from the rotted foam, as well as dust, can accumulate in various places within the system. Unfortunately, the motor housing of the blower is one place in which the dust and debris accumulate very well. To fix the problem, you have to remove the cover from the blower, and vacuum clean it. The blower is behind the glove box, on the lower right side.

A word of caution: The fan cage (which looks like a gerbil wheel) can become brittle, over the years. After cleaning out the blower motor, the blower will be able to freely spin at full speed, again. This may be too much for an old brittle fan. If your old blower can't take the force of spinning at full speed, you will hear it break apart inside its chamber. I discovered this, the hard way. After cleaning the dust and debris from my Volvo's blower motor, the blower spun at full speed and the fan broke apart. So, I had to buy and install a whole new blower.

Dec 13, 2009 | 1994 Volvo 960

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Lasko 3520 20-Inch Cyclone fan - disassemble fan for cleaning?

How do I clean my Cyclone or Air Companion™?
Lay the fan face up on a flat surface. The front grill should be facing you. Remove the screws from the rear grill. Place a flat-head screwdriver into the gap between the front and rear grills. Pull the front grill towards you, exposing the fan blade. Do not remove the knobs on either side. Then, wipe the blade with a soft, damp cloth. Use a mild detergent if necessary. Be sure not to touch the motor. Click here to download product instruction sheet.

Jun 08, 2009 | Dryers

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Spots on the screen

Really dusty house, hey,,,, Take apart screen assy and vacume then dust with microfiber clothe. Use can air and brush to clean fans. Dust is enemy #1 to all DLP tv's

Jan 03, 2008 | Samsung HLP4663W 46" Rear Projection HDTV

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Motor is siezed

Usually this means dirt/dust/debris has gotten into the bearings. Needs a lube job.

Dec 15, 2007 | Patton U2-1487 Floor / Box Fan

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Ecofan only turns slowly

These fans can be rebuilt! Like many others, our fan died after being placed in the center of the stove top. I took the two halves of the fan body apart, and scraped the heat sink compound off either side of the power plate. I then applied CPU heat sink compound that can be found at any computer or electronics store liberally to either side, and put it back together. The fan spins like new, spread the word!

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