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Clean and Lube Your Tower Fan to Keep It Running

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Did you know that your tower fan needs regular maintenance to keep them running? Tower fans are upwards of $40 and more and are great for circulating air in the summer. I have 3 fans that run from June through October and boy do they get nasty with pet hair and dust!
I have one tower fan that is over 9 years old! and the one I used for this post is over 6 years old. Truth be told it stops working when the dust and hair gunk up the fan blade motor. It is not hard to take apart these fans and clean and lube them.
UPDATE: I ADDED A YOUTUBE VIDEO ON TAKING OFF THE BACK FOR ANYONE HAVING TROUBLE REMOVING THE BACK AND PUTTING IT BACK ON
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If the fan motor stops working, then you need unplug, remove the cover, and clean and lube.
Fan covers can be removed!
See how much gunk from a season of use! Use WD40 or other lubricant and get that tower fan running again
Most often there are screws holding on the back fan cover.
UPDATE: VIDEO ON REMOVING THE BACK

To see more: http://www.thegardenfrogboutique.com/2016/07/dont-throw-that-tower-fan-away/

  • Hannah V
    Hannah V Brooklyn, NY
    on Jul 18, 2016

    Seriously I 100% need to do this to my fan that is running very sadly in my room!

    • Davidpellerin
      Davidpellerin Canada
      on Oct 14, 2017

      Don't use WD40... it's not a lubricant but a cleaner... use oil to lude the rotating parts... olive oil is fine!

  • Swan Road Designs
    Swan Road Designs Sedalia, KY
    on Jul 19, 2016

    My approach is a preventative one. We have a tower fan nearly identical to the OP's. The first thing I did was to cut a foam air-conditioner filter a bit larger than the return vents on the back of the fan, then secured them (top and bottom) with small binder clips. Once per week the filter is vacuumed and washed and replaced after it's dry. Monthly the whole fan is "blown out" with the help of my husband's automotive air compressor with the nozzle tip. Even though I'm mechanically capable, I never thought to dissemble the fan to clean it. I've been doing this with most of our fans, including box fans, for years. One thing I've discovered is that the blades of our box fans are nearly pristine at the end of a season's use by "filtering" them. Perhaps I should consider taking our fans apart to lubricate them. I'll think about it.

    • using a filter is a great idea- I blow my fans out a couple times a year with my air compressor thanks for checking out my post

  • Karen
    Karen
    on Jul 19, 2016

    What a HELPFUL post!!! We have 4 tower fans that we "replace". Not anymore :) Thank you.

  • Lisa Payne-Chirico
    Lisa Payne-Chirico Elkins Park, PA
    on Jul 19, 2016

    I had no idea! The assembly instructions did cover clean 😱😤 I feel so...so...duh

  • Carol Harris
    Carol Harris Jonesboro, AR
    on Jul 19, 2016

    good to know, just bought a towel fan this year, kind of disappointed in it, doesn't blow very hard, maybe its not a good brand.

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