How To Fix: Floor/Standing Fan not working


A floor/standing fan is aninvaluable asset in your home. It allows you to circulate air and feel coolerwhen the temperatures rise, and you can often save money on your electricitybills when you use your fan instead of turning on your air conditioner on warmdays. You can even use a floor/standing fan on a low setting to helpcirculate heat in the winter time.

But what happens whenyour fan stops working? Your first step doesn’t have to be a trip tothe home improvement centre for a new fan. Depending on theproblem, you may be able to fix your fan yourself.

Floor/Standing not Working?

SOLUTION 1.Check the Cord

It sounds simple, but your first step should be to make sure the cord is securely plugged in. Over time, vibrations from a fan motor can loosen a plug from an older outlet, so check this first. If your plug keeps falling out, you may want to replace the receptacle for a nice, tight fit.

If you hear a humming sound butthe fan isn’t working, that’s a sign your fan is getting electricity. You canskip to Step 6 to continue troubleshooting at this point.

SOLUTION 2.Plug the cordinto another power outlet

If your cord is plugged in butnothing happens when you turn on your fan, try to plug the cord into anotherworking power outlet. The power outlet might not be working, so make sure thecord is plugged into a working outlet. If it works, this is a sign that youhave an electrical problem.

SOLUTION 3.Check the Fan Fuse

Many fans — especially large, industrial-strength ones — are equipped with a thermal fuse for safety. Like the circuit breakers in your house, these fuses are designed to break the electrical connection when too much electricity causes your fan to overheat. When the fuse melts, it breaks the connection and cuts power to the fan. Check the cord and the inside of your fan for this fuse. If you’re not sure whether you have one or where to look, consult your owner’s manual. If you discover that the fuse has blown, you’ll need to order a replacement to get your fan working again.

SOLUTION 4.Replace the Cord

If your fan still doesn’t work after you try it in a different outlet and check the fuse, carefully inspect the cord. Is it frayed? Has it been chewed on by a curious pet? Are the prongs bent? Is the cord securely attached to the fan body, or is it loose? If you suspect a problem with the cord, you can replace it fairly easily. Buy a matching cord with the same type of plug and same gauge wire at your local hardware store — bring your fan along to ask for help finding a match if you’re not sure. From there — and with the fan unplugged! — you can remove the cord receptacle cover with a screwdriver or pliers, then remove the cord by untwisting the connecting wires. It can be helpful to snap a photo of the way the cord is attached to the appliance so you can refer to it as you attach the new cord.

SOLUTION 5.Clean the Fan

Sometimes your fan blades can seize up if they are stuck on dirt and debris that builds up in the fan. Use an air compressor or the crevice tool on your vacuum to carefully clean away excess dirt from all parts of your fan. Once you dust off the outside, remove the metal or plastic fan blade cover and clean dust from the blades, paying special attention to the place where the blades connect to the rear bearing and motor. (Make sure your fan is unplugged before you do this — you don’t want it to accidentally turn on and give you a shock or set the blades in motion while your hand is inside!) This may be enough to remove dirt from the moving parts to allow your fan to turn again.

When your floor fan stops working, don’t panic! If youfollow these troubleshooting steps to make sure your electrical connections aregood and that your fan is basically clean and well lubricated, you may be ableto get it back up and running on your own. If you’re having trouble diagnosingthe problem, there may still be an easy fix for a repairman before you have togive up and buy a new model. Take your time to explore all your options so youknow your next best step, and you’ll have cool air blowing through your houseagain in no time.