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Dec 10, 2021

Common Problems With Electric Fans and How to Fix Them

Common Problems With Electric Fans and How to Fix Them

No matter how much we love our appliances and how trusty they are from when we bought them, it is no surprise that they could still have technical problems. In the Philippines, one of the most used appliances are electric fans. With that, we encounter problems with the most of the time. From non-spinning blades, poor lubrication, and to a noisy fan, electric fans have very common problems that you can fix yourself. 


Repairing an electric fan may be hard at first look especially if the problem is rooted from the motor or if any cleaning does not do the job. Although most fans are not expensive, you can just opt to buy a new one, but you should remember that anything you have spent on is worth saving. So AllHome is here to walk you through some most common problems with electric fans and how you can fix them yourself.


  • Fan does not seem to work.

When your electric fan does not seem to work like it used to, the first thing you should do when troubleshooting is to make sure that the power supply to our power outlet works well. Turn your fan on to see if the motor works. After plugging your fan to a working power outlet, turn it on from the lowest setting to the highest setting. Try to hear closely if the motor works and do just that for a few times. If you hear the motor then it is still functional. Try this method again with other outlets to check if the fan is really the problem. You can also test other appliances using the same power outlet, because if the motor seems to be functioning, then maybe the problem is on the power supply. 


If the problem is due to the power supply, you may fix this by checking the supply itself together with the fuse and your control valve. Make sure that they are properly connected or opened. You may also check if you are appropriately connecting your fan to the suitable voltage. It is quite possible that the electric fan was just not getting electricity.

  • Speed buttons do not function properly.

You better try pushing those buttons to check if they are working properly. Some buttons or switches malfunction as well. When these buttons are hard to be pressed, cannot be clicked, or are not easily rotated, it may be worn, rusted or dirty. This may be caused by the friction caused everytime we try to power the electric fan. An easy fix for this problem is just by using a lubricant which you can apply to buttons or switches of the electric fan. This will remove rust or existing dirt. You can easily find a reliable lubricant in the AllHome online store! If this does not work, you may consider getting the buttons replaced.

  • Fan is noisy.

Most electric fans make loud sounds, but too much noise is an indication that it may be having a problem. A noisy electric fan may be a sign that there is a loose connection inside the fan. When some parts of the electric fan are loose, they will tend to clank together and make some noise while it rotates. Another cause of this problem is poor lubrication. This happens when there is friction between the rotating parts and the brass of the machine. Simply fix this problem by applying a lubricant. When the electric fan parts have too much friction, they need to be cleaned adequately and lubricated once in a while to make sure that there will not be so much resistance to create a loud noise.

  • Fan tends to overheat.

Any overheating appliance is not a good sign. This kind of problem is quite alarming since it might cause the appliance to break or even blow up. However, for electric fans, this is ironically a common problem but might be due to using the electric fan for a long period of time while maximizing its maximum speed. Logically, the motor could be dry and cause so much friction which in turn, makes the fan heat up. Try to make your electric fan rest for a while after using it for a long time and note that even though we just wanna feel a cooler surrounding, these electric fans need to be rested too to function well. If there is too much friction already, a lubricant is the key!

  • Fan is slowly rotating.

After some good amount of time, it is possible that an electric fan would run a little slower than when it was first used to. This may be caused by the following: fan being dusty, friction, and damage to the bearing. Dismantle the electric fan and rotate the propeller with the use of your hand to see if it is stuck. If it is, you might need to check if the oil or other parts are damaged and need replacement. A fan that works only at a certain speed when turned on usually has problems in terms of cleanliness or lubrication. If these are not the root of the problem, consider if the motor is overheating or the fan is having issues with its capacitor. 

  • A wobbly fan.

With frequent usage, parts of a fan may loose. For standing fans or even ceiling fans, becoming wobbly or shaky is quite a common issue. Check if the screw fasteners are still tight or if there is any loose joint. Some fans that are adjusted or placed in higher altitudes may have this problem if the screws used to fasten them are not suitable for their weight. If your ceiling fan is what appears to be wobbly, take extra caution and check it immediately as it might fall off from your ceiling at any given moment. Fix this error by checking every screw and joint and tighten them or adjust them as needed. If the fan is placed at a different height or screwed to the wall, try to adjust it or not have it run at maximum speed.


Save yourself from the worry of any fan falling from the ceiling or generally falling apart by making sure that you install them correctly before use.



If you have identified your fan’s problem and you will be following the quick solutions above, take some time to read some of these tips while you are trying to repair your fan for extra caution:

  • Unplug your fan before doing anything.

It is just wise that you pull the fan’s cord from the power supply first before trying to check the parts inside. We would not want any accidents happening, right? This is to ensure that no unwanted accident will happen when you try to feel around any part of the fan, especially the blade. When you disassemble the fan, keep any screws on a container so you will not lose any of them.

  • Acquaint yourself with the parts of an electric fan first.

To minimize confusion on which is to be touched and what is not, acquaint yourself with the electric fan’s parts first. 

  • Equip yourself with the right materials.

Make sure to have the equipment you need from dismantling to assembling your electric

fan. A good example of some handy tools are the following: screwdriver, scissors, penknife, oil lubricant, towel, a string, some wires, or some spare screws.


Fixing any home appliance sounds hard and crazy until it is done. We know that this kind of task is overwhelming, but it should not hinder you from learning. Some common problems can be easily solved with a little tinkering or a simple fix. With AllHome’s help and guidance, you can address your problems at home with ease and you would not even have to worry about the equipment you need because AllHome has everything you need. 


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