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Soleus FS1-40R-41 Stand Fan When the fan is turned on, it takes 10-15 minutes for the blades to begin turning. If left in oscillate mode when turned off, it will oscillate immediately when turned back on, but the blades turning are still delayed. Can the delay in the blades beginning to turn be economically fixed? If not, is it safe to run the fan in the existing condition?

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  • Darrell Diehl May 17, 2011

    I had already tried to lubricate earlier - no luck.

    In checking it now, the motor shaft turns VERY hard. In trying to access the motor, I need to first remove the plastic cover. I removed the 4 screws that secure the plastic cover to the front of the motor, but I can't figure out how to remove the plastic cover further - removing the 4 screws only allows the cover to loosely move around the motor.

    It looks like there are 4 tabs on the front piece of the plastic cover that secure it to the rest of the plastic cover. How do you remove the plastic cover without ruining it in order to access the motor?

  • Darrell Diehl May 17, 2011

    I managed to get the plastic cover off of the motor.

    There is no knob at the top - this fan oscillates with a separate motor - no knob.

    After lubricating both the front of the shaft and the back of the shaft several times and turning the shaft to try to get the lube into the fitting, the shaft still turns very hard. I have it plugged in now and powered it up, trying to get it going, but it still has not yet started turning after being powered up for 5 minutes.

    Please advise.

  • Darrell Diehl May 17, 2011

    After a while longer, the fan finally got going. Before it got going, there was a faint hum coming from the motor. I let it run for a minute, then turned it off and lubed it some more, and then let it run a minute longer to try to get the lube into the bushing/bearings. The motor was very hot.

    I really don't think that lubricating this is going to solve this issue - what do you think?

  • Darrell Diehl May 17, 2011

    After a while longer, the fan finally got going. Before it got going, there was a faint hum coming from the motor. I let it run for a minute, then turned it off and lubed it some more, and then let it run a minute longer to try to get the lube into the bushing/bearings. The motor was very hot. I really don't think that lubricating this is going to solve this issue - what do you think?

    I managed to get the plastic cover off of the motor. There is no knob at the top - this fan oscillates with a separate motor - no knob. After lubricating both the front of the shaft and the back of the shaft several times and turning the shaft to try to get the lube into the fitting, the shaft still turns very hard. I have it plugged in now and powered it up, trying to get it going, but it still has not yet started turning after being powered up for 5 minutes. Please advise.

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Hi,
Try lubing the fan with a penetrating oil like WD-40 or PB Blaster first before using regular oil.
Also setting the fan on it's front and back for a while to allow the penetrating oil to get into the bearing will help..once the motor is working freely then use a light motor oil to permanently lube the motor, also setting it on it's front and back for a few hours at a time to allow the oil to run into the bearing.

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Hi,
This kind of symptom can be cure by lubricating the shafting and bushing of the fan. You may used any lubricating oil available. Picture below is not an actual picture of your unit but will help you identify and locate where lubrication will be done.
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If the symptom still persist after you lubricate the shafting, this is an indication of faulty capacitor. This is inside the motor assembly. Open the back cover of the motor and you will see a black rectangular with two wires on it(that is the capacitor). Replaced this parts and your unit will back to normal operation again(two wires has no polarity, meaning you may connect it even in what way). Don't allow the unit stand for so long without oscillating the blade, it will damaged the motor.
Hope I helped you.
Have a nice day!
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Posted on May 17, 2011

  • Jdvillanueva
    Jdvillanueva May 17, 2011

    Most of the fan is secured with one screw at the back, you must also pull-out the oscillating knob at the top. If the shaft is hard to turn then the cap is not the issue here but the shafting itself. It is better to take it apart and clean it from dust then lubricate also the other end of the shaft...

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