ok, so i have these decades old fans, probably as much as 40 yrs old,
maybe more, they work fine until last night one of them was going very
very slow even though on high. I really like them, they are quiet and
go with my 1871 house. When i stopped it and start it from a dead stop
it just goes about 2 degrees cw then 2degrees ccw. if i give it a spin,
it proceeds to run very slowly. Does this sound like something that
could be fixed?
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If it spins freely when turned off, then it sounds like the motor has a
bad winding. Probably time for a new one. I saw a sleek stainless
steel one at lowe s! Just kidding, there are some old looking new fans
At Busch Beans General store they have two really old ceiling fans.
There is 1 motor that drives a flat belt that drives the fan, and on
that fan is another pulley with a flat belt that drives a second fan.
The belts looked like they are made of leather and the fans are about 10
foot apart making the belts about 20' long. How's that for looking old?
1970 vintage may or may not be oil-able. But in any case, at this point,
OP needs to take the fan down and field-strip it and blow it out and
de-gunk it, and see if that makes anything change. Oily dust and spider
webs can do all sorts of things. (Power it with an extension cord, hung
from a garage rafter or something.) Depending on how motor is designed,
local motor rebuild place may be able to rebuild motor. A new fan would
likely be cheaper, but if he has his heart set on keeping the same look
and having them all match, that may be an option.
Note well- when you take an old fan apart, mark which blade comes off of
which arm, and also make witness marks around edges of bracket, so you
can reassemble and hopefully not need to re-balance it.
On Thu, 06 Oct 2011 12:45:12 -0400, John Grabowski wrote:
and if it has a suitable casing and you're a creative type, you might be
able to replace the motor with a modern one, but keep the original case,
hub and blades.
I suspect it has a dead winding - but it's possible that it's bad at the
solder joint at one end, so you may be able to fix it without a rewind.
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