Its time to keep something from becoming e-waste, recycle bin, or landfill material. How to service a small fan to renew its life for years to come.

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00:00 Intro
01:34 Motor removal
02:08 Motor disassembly
02:34 Blade removal
04:12 ACETONE!
05:15 Oiling bushings and shaft
07:38 Motor reassembly
08:38 Remounting motor
09:15 Installing blade
10:18 Final tests
10:55 Final thoughts

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  1. Prey Mantas on February 11, 2023 at 4:39 am

    You remind me of me, Steve. 🙂 I have (still) some old 22" LAKE box fans I need to "touch" about ever 3 years. All the new junk just don’t perform as well. That’s another reason to maintain your old fans. Can’t do anything about the discoloration of plastic because of it’s age, but you can get them at least looking clean and it really does help the wallet stay fat and healthy. 😉 Another great, simple, commonsense, "normal" fix.

  2. Chris Weaver on February 11, 2023 at 4:43 am

    Thank you for posting this! E-waste and plastic waste are serious problems we’re facing around the planet.

  3. Frank Pitochelli on February 11, 2023 at 4:44 am

    Can’t kill those motors.
    Just can’t convince people to stop throwing everything away…..different world.

  4. SeanBZA on February 11, 2023 at 4:48 am

    Not a synchronous motor, but a shaded pole motor. Will run at around 1760RPM at 60 HZ, and 1450RPM with 50Hz supply, with no load, but likely will do 1600RPM with the fan on.

    The old oil in general has lost all the lighter components from evaporation, and also the oil degrades with time, making oxides that are both thicker and sticky, so they do absorb a lot of energy from the shaft, plus the degraded oil does not provide a good lubricating film.

    Oil for them is pretty much any light oil, though the easiest to get is air tool oil, as it is generally light, has minimal additives, and is in general not going to leave varnish deposits on the bearings, plus is resistant to oxidising with time. Plus cheap, and a 1l bottle will last a long time. Otherwise transformer oil also a pretty good plain oil that does not sludge much with time. Still got a litre or so left from the 20l can I bought 2 decades ago, as I was often simply filling up a bottle for anybody that wanted some, so it went faster, as otherwise I would probably still have 15l left.

    If you cannot get the above simply get a small can of 0W50 synthetic engine oil, which also works well.

  5. Alex Kay on February 11, 2023 at 4:54 am

    That was some of the best Shaft Cleaning I have ever Seen . You are quite the shaft cleaner . Way to Oil that Shaft . Gotta have a Clean Shaft

  6. jafinch78 on February 11, 2023 at 4:55 am

    I’ve been pleased with just cleaning the fan blade and applying 3in1 oil. Amazed me when I first tried. Thinking next time I clean, I’ll disassemble and do a better job more thoroughly cleaning. Thanks for sharing and the inspiration!

  7. Servisnotebookov Nitra on February 11, 2023 at 4:59 am

    i just lost 10 minutes of my life because of dirty fan

  8. ALLOY on February 11, 2023 at 5:01 am

    Dissembly one screw requires a torx security bit to remove, A light scrub using 3M pad on bearing shaft helps to remove gunk. If worn, new brass replacement bearings are sold on Asian sellers sites if you don’t mind waiting for the slow boat.

  9. Bobby K on February 11, 2023 at 5:03 am

    I thought I was the sole person servicing devices like this to extend the life. Super detailed instructions.

  10. barryg41 on February 11, 2023 at 5:07 am

    I clicked like for the acetone. Ceiling fan dirty leading edges cause poor performance also.

  11. ‍1marcelfilms on February 11, 2023 at 5:15 am

    You can skip all these steps and spray wd40 in the motor and it will still be a little fixed and not be thrown in the trash.

  12. mrsemifixit on February 11, 2023 at 5:20 am

    Out of curiosity would unused motor oil work?

  13. ED TECH PH on February 11, 2023 at 5:25 am

    Watching ED TECH PH

  14. green122s on February 11, 2023 at 5:25 am

    As usual, quite thorough and great photography! I’ve done this to several fans and it makes a big difference.

  15. RoughJustice 2k18 on February 11, 2023 at 5:30 am

    As my late mother always used to say "waste not, want not" – if something is worth keeping and saving, do just that. You showed that not everything needs to be disposable when it breaks or goes wrong. Cheers to you and Happy Easter 🙂

  16. Lou F on February 11, 2023 at 5:30 am

    Off-topic, but does anyone anywhere in the US do TV LCD TAB bonding? It seems many people in Indian do.

  17. kwd57 on February 11, 2023 at 5:32 am

    I have a fan like that and it starts off slow also. I will have to fix mine now.

  18. F4IYG on February 11, 2023 at 5:34 am

    Thank you, I’m gonna go ahead and click ‘Like’ 🙂

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