I have an 18" Patton floor fan for several years. Recently had construction in the house & fan is filthy, full of wood dust. Try as I might, I can't figure out how to remove the metal grate to clean the blades & grate. Any suggestions?
The grill is in two halves with the back half attached to the motor. The front with the round patton insignia removes easily by applying leverage with a screwdriver. There are eight spots (at least on mine) where it clips. Be sure to remove any disposable plastic fastener holding the two halves together. Its pretty easy.
Leverage with a screw driver. I had posted a similar problem but figured it out in the meantime.
On the side of the fan caging, notice the small feet that hook the two cages together? All you have to do is get one of those unhooked and you can unhook the rest easily. I used a screwdriver. I stareed with two screwdrivers which almost worked but ended up only using one to leverage the foot to disconnect the two sides and then popped open the rest.. Does that help?
We used a screwdriver for leverage to take the front grill off and to put it back on. Don't forget to take the plastic zip-ties off. We didn't have to remove the stand. Do NOT mess with any of the screws; they are for the motor. FYI, we used clorox wipes on the blades and back half of the grill to avoid getting water near the motor. They fit perfectly on the blades and if you let them sit for about a minute, the grime will come right off.
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ok here is what I found....there should be screws on the outside rim where the two fan grates meet....then dust the innerds with a leaf blower or a rag, then use brake cleaner spray to soften the greasy dirt that formed, and again a rag to wipe away any residue....hope this works, it did for me
I'm not all up on Patton Model#s, but this is an older unit, correct? You may try contacting Patton (Owned by Holmes now so you may have to go through them)
If they cannot help you, try www.dtvintagefans.org There's collectors there that may have parts fans that they may be willing to sell a blade.
Alternatively, you may try Grainger, as they sell an assortment of blades. You will need to match a blade to your motor though, which should be fairly easy as the Patton fans use a common McMillan motor which most attic fans also use.
I've had an 1887 since the 90s -- great fan. I have to say that FixinFax (Solution 1 above) probably didn't try to take his unit apart. My blade has stopped rotating several times over the years and I always got it going again by myself. I'm no whiz, just your average amateur handyman. In fact I am fixing the motherbleeper right now because in a week where the heat is 100 degrees it chose to slow down and stop.
Eventually it sucks enough dust into the axle housing so you have to take the motor mechanism apart and clean it. It's not terribly complicated, but you have to note how the electrical and mechanical parts go back together before disassembling. It's a little tricky to get all the housing parts to line up level again, you may have to try a couple times till the blade rotates freely. Wipe out all the dust and gunk buildup. Lubricate the axle with oil, or I just spray with WD-40. Then reassemble.
The only thing I have had to replace is the on-off knob, since it's plastic and it split. Just get a universal knob from your local hardware store.