I'll second that. Ceiling fans are not generally user-maintainable.
They're mostly disposable. I've never seen one with an oil cup.
Mandatory rambling story:
My father-in-law decided to oil his fan because it made noise. He
apparently put two quarts in a one-quart fan, because he then had a fan
that made noise and dripped oil. It dripped for a looong time. Ten
years later, he still had to wipe the occasional drop off the light
fixture. Moral: Don't oil your fan.
If the fan makes ticking or creaking noises when it turns, it's time
for a replacement. They're cheap. Get a new one. You can even get the
one with leopard-skin trim and dangly crystals. (Don't laugh--I just
removed three of these for a client so they could take them to their
On Fri 05 Sep 2008 02:37:08p, SteveBell told us...
I owned several Hunter "Original" fans at one time. IIRC, there is a small
hole (approx. 3/16" diam.) on top of the housing where the oil is inserted.
When a new fan is purchased, it comes with a bottle of oil to completely
fill the reservoir. There are instructions as to how frequently to add
amounts of oil. If you have one of these and have no instructions, you
should really contact Hunter for the specs.
In the portion that contains the switch. The wires ran downward thru a pipe
to isolate them from the oil. The whole thing unscrewed if needed (after
disconnecting wires at ceiling).
As someone said, there was a filler hole in the upper part of the bell
shaped motor housing....tip the fan, add oil until it runs out the top of
the cup. To check oil level, stick a pipe cleaner or similar down the side
of the cup. I haven't added any oil for at least 10 years to my 32 year old
OK, I feel better. I was afraid I'd been missing something and advising
clients poorly. My guess is that oil cups are mostly on older fans. I
have seen exactly one of those, and the job on that one was replacement
due to complete failure.
I have 25-30 year old Sears 52" ceiling fan (model 292.905500) which uses a
felt pad oil wick lubrication system. This fan has a side-ways mount motor,
with a drive wheel that turns a cast hub, to which the blades attach. The
felt pads lubricate the interface of the hub to the hub shaft.
Parts illustration can be seen at:
http://tinyurl.com/3ptcyj , which is shorthand for
Any ideas about how much oil one should put on the pads (cylinder around hub
shaft and felt washer at the bottom).
On Sat 04 Oct 2008 12:55:59p, l, not -l told us...
I'm guessing no more than 1/2 teaspoon. The felt should fully absorb it.
If the pad doesn't seem saturated after adding the oil, add a bit more. If
it seems excessive, absorb any over amount with paper towels until no more
readily comes off.
(correct the spelling of "geemail" to reply)
You mean like "sometime in the last 20 years until the present?" Even
Hunter fans are made in China, at least the ones sold in the Big Boxes
are. I agree with your point though if they are noisy just replace
them with new ones of a recognized name brand, that means Hunter,
Casablanca, etc. that doesn't mean that they won't be made in China
but at least you know they'll be around if you have problems and you
won't get the "well, you bought a $30 fan, what do you expect?" line
when you go to return it.
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