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Fan Blade came off - Aloha Breeze Model 12001 20" floor fan

The blade of my daughter's fan came off while operating. I took the cover off to repair it but there does not seem to be anything that holds the blade in place to prevent it from coming off in the future. It appears to be designed to just be fitted and forced onto the post that rotates. The fan is just 3 months old.

Am I missing something?

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If the fan has a metal blade set... to quote a previous post.. there should be a set screw that keeps the blade in place. it should be behind the hub, and is most likely a small allen (hex) screw that fits into a small threaded hole. If there's just a hole the screw is lost.. you could probably substitute it, by finding a short machine screw with a small head (so it doesn't mess up balance) and the same thread type and size at a hardware store. You might even be able to find an identical one at Ace hardware or the like, since they tend to stock odd little parts. Issue will be finding the right thread type (coarse, fine, etc).. if it has a plastic blade set.. it'll most likely have nothing by but a hole in the back of the hub where the motor's shaft fits into (or the blade hub is forced onto). some of them have a spring clamp around the plastic. many don't, and over time, they do fall off (even the ones with the spring clamps). just stick em back on. Usually if they're falling off regularly, the motor is running hot and either the fan is not in a good place (not enough open space around it, both the front and rear need to have some open space) or it needs oiling. Issue with the latter is, you'd have to disassemble the motor, oil it (with SAE-20, 10W30, or 3-in-One, most anything works well), reassemble it, and whack it back into alignment. though if you're willing to do this once every 2 or so years (depends on the oil you use, SAE-20 and 10W30 can last up to 5 years), or once every year for fans running 24/7 or 12/7... you can get way more life than the manufacturers expect you to get out of the things. it's messy, takes some practice, but it isn't very dangerous (long as you unplug the thing before opening it up) and it'll save you money in the long run (oil costs less than fans and motors). (and yes, I know all modern fans contain a "permanently lubricated" motor. and did you know that is bupkis? as in bovine pudding.. or horse ****.. the current generation of fan motors use the same "technologies" as the ones made over 30.. even 40 years ago. the only difference is the size per watt ratio. they required regular oiling then, and they do now. they {the manufacturers} don't want you to oil them {and manufacture the motors so it's difficult to do so} because they don't want the things lasting very long. it's one of those conspiracies that no one really cares about because 'eh, screw it, i'll buy a new fan.' meh. I just don't think like that.)

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