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    Default Dead Ceiling Fan Options?

    Hi,

    I have what looks like a pretty high-end ceiling fan (cut glass bowls for the motor cover and light cover, solid brass on the pipes and estcutcheon, etc.), that, when I apply power to the fan, just hums at me, no rotation, any speed, any direction.

    Oddly, when I touch my finger to the blades, they spin freely. So, I know it's not a bound-up armature.

    I removed the blades, dismounted it , and took it to the bench. On the bench the fan side pulls some power (less than an amp), hums, and slowly warms up.

    Iím stumped. Any ideas? Is it worth trying to fix?

    (P.S. Absolutely no markings at all. Big Box stuff, I'm sure.)

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    Default Re: Dead Ceiling Fan Options?

    Most likely the motor has an open winding.

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    Default Re: Dead Ceiling Fan Options?

    Libcarp,

    Thanks!

    Yep. Rang it out and one winding has an open. That's why I was getting some current from the others.

    D'Oh! I just HATE it when I post a jabonney mistake.

    So, with help, diagnosed.

    Next question: Can you get parts for these big box items, or should I just surrender myself to the Will of Landrew (Star Trek, Original Series reference.) and buy a whole new unit?

    At Your Service,

    Thomas Quinn, CISSP
    President, The Hollis Group, Inc.
    tquinn<atsign>hollisgroup.com
    610.889.7350 (wire)
    610.636.1445 (cell)

    "I get paid for tenacity.
    The stubborn is free."

    (c) 2008, The Hollis Group, Inc.

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