• 31/ 07, 2019

The scorching summer heat takes a toll on your mind and body. The days are long and tiring while the nights are humid and uncomfortable, making it impossible to live without sufficient ventilation. Electric fans are an easy and budget-friendly solution to beat the heat. However, table fans are even more convenient and handy to circulate air around your house. Although you look for the best features before buying a table fan, it is common for these machines to stop working or make jittering sounds due to many reasons. Worry not, about how you are going to repair it. Here are a few simple and easy hacks for table fan repair.

Sometimes, the fan might be in a good condition, but does not work due to a faulty switchboard connection. To avoid making a quick decision about your fan, as a first step of the repairing process, check your switchboard connection. If there are any issues in it try fixing the switchboard yourself.

Clean your table fan

If your table fan is noisy, then it could be the dust particles that have accumulated in the parts of the fan. This a common problem that arises due to continuous usage of table fans. Cleaning your fan is a simple solution to the problem. First of all, unplug the power cable as you might get an electric shock and remove the clamps on the outer side of the fan. Detach the blades by rotating the knob. Now that you have dismantled all the parts of the fan, clean them completely with a damp cloth. However, remember to not dip the parts in water. Once you have thoroughly cleaned the parts, reassemble the elements in order. Finally, check if your fan is operating smoothly.

Lubricate the shaft bearings

Table fans can make rattling sounds due to the friction between the bearings. An easy method to solve this issue is by oiling the bearings. The process is as simple as cleaning the fan. Start by detaching all the parts of the table fan. After removing the blades, carefully apply lubricating oil to the bearings. This could be any household oil. However, make sure you do not spray oil into the motor. Once this is done, arrange back all the parts and test if the fan is working fine.

Change the capacitor

Sometimes, no matter how much you clean or lubricate your table fan, there is a possibility that the problem is not just dust and friction. In such a scenario, it is time to find an alternate approach. Begin by removing all the parts of the fan separately. Take a look at the capacitor that is connected and buy the same model. Cut the wires that is connected to the current capacitor and replace it with the new version in the same type. Rearrange the parts and plug in the socket to check if the motor rotates. Be careful while carrying out this process. Make sure you have switched off the fan before removing the parts and leave it untouched for some time as the inner coils will be heated up.

Replace the thermal fuse

Now that you are aware of how to dismantle the parts of a table fan, remove the motor from the unit. You will be able to see different coloured wires in the shaft. Disconnect the ground and neutral wires from the terminal. Refer to the user manual for the colour codes of the wires. Trace down the neutral wire to find the sheath that holds the fuse. Carefully solder the new fuse in the right polarity by keeping the other parts intact. Although this seems to be easy, the process requires expertise and care. At this stage, it is better to outsource the work to professional electricians or people who know the technicalities.

Realign the metal coil

Sometimes a table fan might not stay in a fixed position due to the metal coil getting frequently displaced. This is a common scenario, especially when the fan has been used for a long time. However, the process to realign the metal coil is fairly simple and can be done at home. Begin by dismantling the parts of the fan, by unplugging the main power source and slowing unscrewing and removing the clamps. Once this is done, all you need to do is take the black holder and open the knob in the holder. Then, loosen the required clamps. You will see the metal coil under the dismantled shaft. Realign it in the correct place and assemble all the parts of the table fan that were dismantled. Finally, check if your table fan works fine. The wobbling effect should have drastically reduced.

What do you need for a table fan repair?

You do not require any fancy or expensive apparatus to repair a table fan. All you need is to have a screwdriver to open the fan blade covering. It is also handy to have a cloth to clean the nooks and corners of the parts of the fan. In case your capacitor is faulty, you would require a new capacitor. However, it is important to check the specifications before buying one. Changing the thermal fuse would be the last step of the procedure. You will have to buy a new fuse in case of changing one. It is always better to have a spare of best quality wires to avoid the last minute rush.

Benefits of repairing a table fan yourself

‘Do it yourself’ is booming in today’s world. It encourages personal involvement and motivates you to develop a new skill. Repairing a table fan by yourself is also one form of DIY as you circumvent expert help with a pool of other benefits. The first obvious benefit is about saving money. All that you need to spend is for spare parts, and a considerable amount is saved from paying for the service.

Additionally, you can also buy the spare parts depending on your choice. However, it is important to invest in branded spare parts for minimal maintenance and long shelf life. To add to that, it is more convenient to do it yourself as there is no waste of time in sourcing the technician. Moreover, you attain a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment. Now you know where and what went wrong, you can be proud of the new skill that you have mastered! This is a way of encouraging yourself to do things on your own. Even after trying your hands on these easy hacks for table fan repair, if your fan does not work, then it is time to look out for a new pedestal or table fan. Check out Finolex for more high-quality products that are both durable and affordable.

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