Oiling or Lubrication of Floor Fans

Floor fans--also known as box fans--are an inexpensive way to keep your home cool while circulating the air.
Fans come in a variety of designs to meet all your cooling needs.Fans come in a variety of designs to meet all your cooling needs.
Over time, a floor fan can become dirty, dingy and not work as well as it once did. Years of use can create the need for your floor fan to be lubricated. Lubricating a floor fan involves dismantling the entire fan. The process is easier than it sounds and should be performed once a year to give your floor fan a thorough cleaning.

Step 1

Turn the floor fan off and unplug it from the wall.

Step 2

Remove the screws from the floor fan’s front cover--also known as grill--with a screwdriver. Typically, you will need to Phillips head screwdriver. Place the screws in a safe location. After the screws have been removed, gently pull the cover off the rectangular housing. Repeat the process for the floor fan’s back grill.

Step 3

Remove the mounts or screws to disconnect the fan blades from the motor. Lay all the pieces out in front of you.

Step 4

Fill a bucket with 1 gallon of cool water. Add 1/4 cup of liquid dish soap. Mix the contents together thoroughly with a wooden spoon. Submerge a cloth in the mixture and wipe all parts of the fan--except the motor--with the cloth.

Step 5

Saturate an old toothbrush in the mixture and scrub the floor fan’s front and back cover. Continue scrubbing until you have thoroughly cleaned the grills.

Step 6

Wipe all fan parts dry with a towel.

Step 7

Brush dirt, dust, hair and other debris off the motor with a dry, soft-bristled brush. Do not allow the motor to get wet. Alternatively, use a can of air to blast away any dirt or dust on the motor housing.

Step 8

Place a drop of SAE 20 non-detergent oil into each oil port. Spray a lightweight lubricant on the shaft of the motor.

Step 9

Reassemble the floor fan. Attach the fan blades to the motor. Secure the front and back cover to the fan’s housing.

Things You Will Need

  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Bucket
  • Liquid dish soap
  • Cloths
  • Toothbrush
  • Towels
  • Soft-bristled brush
  • Can of air
  • SAE 20 non-detergent oil
  • Lightweight lubricant

About the Author

Amanda Flanigan began writing professionally in 2007. Flanigan has written for various publications, including WV Living and American Craft Council, and has published several eBooks on craft and garden-related subjects. Flanigan completed two writing courses at Pierpont Community and Technical College.