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Old 06-18-2013, 05:28 PM   #15
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You really know it when you aren't able to pull the hot air out with your fan(s). They make a huge difference in comfort.
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Old 08-03-2013, 10:02 AM   #16
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I just finished repairing my Fantastic Fan. The fan reversing switch was acting
strange, switch it and it might take several seconds to respond? Finally quit
altogether. Dropped the inner housing down, made a picture of the connections
and removed the wires and switch. Opened the switch up, just a spring mount holds it together. They have two rods on springs that move two copper plates to three positions. This is WELL greased. Removed these and copper plates rock on a center spindle, contact on either end. Well the grease melted and ran on to the
back of the plates and contacts, a good cleaning reassemble and all was fine.
(well almost, I put the top piece on in reverse, so now out is in, and in is out)
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Old 12-12-2014, 12:46 PM   #17
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Check the plunger where the lid closes on it. Work it up and down several times to wear the corrosion off the contacts, and the fan should start working again. You will need to take the screen out of the fan, and reach up through the opening to work the switch with a small stick or screwdriver, or else climb on the roof to get to it.
Worked like a charm for my fan problem.
Pushed the plunger down a few times (it was kind of crunch with corrosion at first) then gave it just a tiny squirt of WD40. Put the fan back together and it worked first time. Thanks for the good advice.
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Old 12-13-2014, 12:42 PM   #18
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Worked like a charm for my fan problem.
Pushed the plunger down a few times (it was kind of crunch with corrosion at first) then gave it just a tiny squirt of WD40. Put the fan back together and it worked first time. Thanks for the good advice.
WD40 ruins electrical contacts and key locks. WD40 is oil based. Oils attract dirt like crazy (especially in fans) and oils don't conduct electricity. Also, when the connection arcs it will burn and leave carbon deposits on the connections. Electrical contact cleaner is the way to go here. If you like the WD40 brand, use WD40 300083 Electrical Contact Cleaner Spray.
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Old 12-13-2014, 09:44 PM   #19
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Contact cleaner to remove the WD40 (evil bad stuff) then a little shmesr of light grease on the pin switch, will keep oxide from forming and working for many seasons.... A little DSB will do you!
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Old 12-13-2014, 09:45 PM   #20
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Should be dab do you......
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Old 12-14-2014, 05:52 PM   #21
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WD 40 does allow electricity to contact through it. It also drives water away and dries the connections. But it does attract dust and grit, but not as much as most oils. I've found it works well. That's good because I have never remembered to buy electrical contact cleaner. You can also use canned compressed air to blow away the grit, especially if you use something to scrape off the contacts.

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