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ceiling fan burned out. replace the whole thing or just buy new?
Posted by: clay
Date: June 25, 2009 10:29PM
My ceiling fan just burned out (smells like burning). ick.

Should I replace the whole thing with a new unit, or is there an easy fix (like replacing the motor)? I'd imagine that it will be just as cost effective to just get a new unit, but thought I'd ask.

The fan has been in this house for some time--we bought the place last year, so I have no idea when it was put in. It's always kind of sucked at moving air, so it wouldn't be the worst thing to replace it. And I even have tomorrow off work, as luck would have it.

Any suggestions on brands? We have Lowes/Home Depot and then other speciality lighting stores around here, but this is something I've not needed to purchase before, so I'd appreciate any advice you can give.

Thanks
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Re: ceiling fan burned out. replace the whole thing or just buy new?
Posted by: mikebw
Date: June 25, 2009 10:36PM
I would just replace it. You should be able to unscrew it from the electrical box and put up the new one without too much trouble. You will need a second set of arms to hold it up while you make the connections though.
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Re: ceiling fan burned out. replace the whole thing or just buy new?
Posted by: clay
Date: June 25, 2009 10:38PM
thanks, mikebw. I'm also thinking about maybe replacing it with a non-fan light fixture, then just using a window fan unit instead. Hmmm. Decisions.
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Re: ceiling fan burned out. replace the whole thing or just buy new?
Posted by: mrlynn
Date: June 25, 2009 10:43PM
Our two big (52" ) fans in our Great Room stopped working. They were made by a company now out of business, called Sonora, IIRC. I determined (by taking one apart while standing on a ladder) that the problem was a worn-out rubber flywheel. I found a site where you can get parts for practically any fan,

[www.ceiling-fans-n-more.com]

but in the event decided that taking them down and working on them was more work than I wanted, so opted for new ones. My electrician recommended Hunters, which are reasonably-priced and reasonably well-made (he says), and available at Lowes and Home Depot—not all models, though, but there are on-line stores that can get any model. I had to go on-line for the ones I wanted, and to get ceiling mounts for extra-sharp-angled ceilings, which took a while. But the fans are in and work well: silent, no vibration.

I have the fans I took down in my garage, if anyone wants to fix them.


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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/25/2009 10:44PM by mrlynn.
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Re: ceiling fan burned out. replace the whole thing or just buy new?
Posted by: Grateful11
Date: June 25, 2009 10:46PM
I seriously doubt you'd find a replacement motor for a ceiling fan unless
it's an older cast iron Hunter or maybe a Casablanca.



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Re: ceiling fan burned out. replace the whole thing or just buy new?
Posted by: kap
Date: June 25, 2009 10:59PM
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mrlynn

I have the fans I took down in my garage, if anyone wants to fix them.

/Mr Lynn

And how much would cost me for a round trip ticket?

;)



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Re: ceiling fan burned out. replace the whole thing or just buy new?
Posted by: mrlynn
Date: June 25, 2009 11:55PM
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kap
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And how much would cost me for a round trip ticket?

;)

Depends on where you are. I'm in Framingham, Massachusetts.

/Mr Lynn
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Re: ceiling fan burned out. replace the whole thing or just buy new?
Posted by: LyleH
Date: June 26, 2009 01:07AM
Most ceiling fans now have a "hook" mechanism to hold up the fan temporarily while you connect the wiring. That makes it a one-person job.

LyleH
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Re: ceiling fan burned out. replace the whole thing or just buy new?
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: June 26, 2009 04:32AM
For mounting the Hunter fans really suck. They are a royal pain to hang. I like Hampton bay (home depot) myself.



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Re: ceiling fan burned out. replace the whole thing or just buy new?
Posted by: Michael
Date: June 26, 2009 05:34AM
I agree with Hampton Bay from Home Depot. Ours have been chugging along for 19 years, used all the time that we are home from late spring through early fall.
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Re: ceiling fan burned out. replace the whole thing or just buy new?
Posted by: Fred_Also
Date: June 26, 2009 11:13AM
WalMart also carries fans. They are usually the cheaper Chinese made ones though.

Being a 'cheap skate' myself, I bought one and put it up in my wife's card room. It did have the little hook deal to hold it while you put on the wire @#$%&. So far, works great. (about a year or more)


Fred Also
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Re: ceiling fan burned out. replace the whole thing or just buy new?
Posted by: Yoyodyne ArtWorks
Date: June 26, 2009 03:11PM
Our Hampton Bay ones got noisy so we replaced them with Emersons. They're nice, but stupidly designed in that the hanging chains to switch the light and fan speed rattle against the light glass. I fixed it by removing any slack in them with a twist tie, but still a pretty dumb design flaw.
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