How Do I Repair Floor Fans?

Floor fans provide air movement and help maintain the air temperature in both warm and cold temperatures. The fan blades spin at a high rate of speed, propelling air forward and creating a breeze. The air is filled with dust and debris which will, over time, impact the floor fan's performance. Routine repairs will keep the fan functioning at a higher level of efficiency and it will also increase the life span of the floor fan.

Floor fans are a convenient and portable way to circulate the air.
  1. Lay the floor fan on a flat work surface. Remove the screws that hold the protective covering in place and set them aside in a safe location. Turn the fan over and remove the back protective covering. Wash the protective covers with a mild detergent to remove dirt, dust and grime build-up. Air dry them and make sure they're fully dry before replacing them.

  2. Wipe off the motor with a rag to remove any build up of dust and dirt. Spray canned air to clean the small nooks and crannies of the motor.

  3. Lubricate the motor with WD-40 to make it easier for the motor to turn the fan blades.

  4. Wipe the front and back of each of the fan blades with a disinfectant solution. Use either bleach wipes or a solution of equal parts water and vinegar to kill germs and bacteria on the fan blades. Wipe down the inside of the fan frame with the same cleanser.

  5. Attach the protective coverings to the front and back of the floor fan.


  • Unplug the floor fan before starting any repair work.
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