Clean and Lube Your Tower Fan to Keep It Running


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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clean and lube your tower fan to keep it running, appliances, cleaning tips, home maintenance repairs
If the fan motor stops working, then you need unplug, remove the cover, and clean and lube.
clean and lube your tower fan to keep it running, appliances, cleaning tips, home maintenance repairs
Fan covers can be removed!
clean and lube your tower fan to keep it running, appliances, cleaning tips, home maintenance repairs
See how much gunk from a season of use! Use WD40 or other lubricant and get that tower fan running again
clean and lube your tower fan to keep it running, appliances, cleaning tips, home maintenance repairs
Most often there are screws holding on the back fan cover.
UPDATE: VIDEO ON REMOVING THE BACK
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  • Hfl7897098
    on Jul 21, 2016

    I unscrewed every screw a total of 6 and I still could not take the casing out. is there a technique?

  • Mechelle Adams-Flowers
    on Aug 18, 2016

    Can this be done to a smaller Dyson or should I just keep using the small vacuum attachment. Thanks

    • Carol Williams
      on Sep 2, 2017

      My Lasko tower fan also has 6 screws. 2 of them are sunk deep & I got all the screws out except for 1 of the deeper ones because it appears not to be a phillips head like the other 5. A flat head screw driver does not get it out either. When I shine a flashlight in the hole, it sort of looks like a flat head screw, but in not. It looks like a special screw! I am so close to getting the back cover off, but... Any suggestions?

  • Carol Williams
    on Sep 2, 2017

    My Lasko tower fan has 6 screws, 5 of which are phillips head screws. 2 are sunk deep into holes. The one I can't get out is one sunk into a deep hole. When I shine a flashlight into the hole, it sort of looks like a flat head screw, but without the slots. I think they used a special screw so the cover will not be removed. It is not a hexhead screw, either, but something I've never seen before. I am so close to getting the cover off, except for the one. I am tempted to break the cover to get it off. I need to clean & lube this fan, it is making a strange new noise when I have it on.
    Any suggestions?

    • Chu33515585
      on May 29, 2018

      I just disassembled my Lasko tower fan. If it is like mine, it is a triangular screw that is sunk about a little over 2 inches in. I used a long arm 2mm Allen wrench (hex key) to remove it.

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  • Jdr7634901
    on Aug 7, 2017

    With careful patience it was easy (but time consuming nevertheless) to disassemble my tower fans as described herein. Using a powerful leaf blower and WD40 I did indeed successfully get them going again. Since then, I have not had to disassemble them. Instead, monthly, I take them outside and use the leaf blower on them. Using the thin straw-like attachment which comes with the WD40 lubricant, I shoot a small burst of oil to the base of the spindle ( through the protective cover) and let it set overnight.

    So far all three fans are working like new. Thank YOU very much for the original DIY instructions.

  • Cwh7922453
    on Nov 12, 2017

    Thanks for sharing!

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