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My ceiling fan has recently slowed when it is turned on. It will start to rotate on it's own, but does not go the normal 3 speeds. I read that it may need to be oiled, or it could be the motor. The only problem is that I don't know how to check if it is a fan that needs oil. The fan was already installed by the previous owners of the house.

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Try "oiling the fan" and also if that doesn't work, change the fan.

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