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 Posted: Mon Dec 10th, 2018 04:39 pm
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Dave Anderson
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Hi everyone. I am a new member here. Last week I purchased a GE FM10S63 that I think will clean up nicely. The power switch was stuck in the pressed in/power on position when I looked at it but the motor runs quiet and smooth. The next day the switch fell apart and I can see loose parts inside the motor housing. I'm trying to disassemble the fan to repair/replace the switch, however, I can not get the fan bade and cage off the motor spindle. I removed the 3 screws behind the fan blades and tried wiggling the blade off the spindle but it is not budging. I don't see a set screw or anything that would lock the blade onto the spindle. Also tried some gentle prying with a screwdriver.



Any tips/tricks to remove the fan blade from the spindle? Could it be rust...and if so, might a little WD40 help? 
Also, has anyone replaced the power switch on this type of fan? If so, any tips on a replacement switch or is this fairly common to find? (I'm OK with any push button power switch that fits). Is this fan and switch 1 or 2 speeds? (with the switch stuck in, my fan only ran at one speed). 

Thanks!


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 Posted: Mon Dec 10th, 2018 07:46 pm
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Zachary Parr
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The blades have a rubber grommet that holds them on. Be very careful not to bream them. There is a small hole on the frouf of the rubber grommet, spray WD-40 in it and let it sit. Then try to pull the blade off by holding the blade near the center. Don't pull on the grommet or you will ruin it. 

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 Posted: Mon Dec 10th, 2018 07:49 pm
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If you have a puller fo this. It is less destructive. You will have to remove the badge if you to this by carefully bending the tabs on the back. If you bend them too much it will break. Also this is on a different model GE but the blade is the same. When you remove the blade there will be screws in the very back that you will remove to get the back cover off. One very important tip is to not be destructive. 

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 Posted: Mon Dec 10th, 2018 07:54 pm
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daveanderson5 wrote: Hi everyone. I am a new member here. Last week I purchased a GE FM10S63 that I think will clean up nicely. The power switch was stuck in the pressed in/power on position when I looked at it but the motor runs quiet and smooth. The next day the switch fell apart and I can see loose parts inside the motor housing. I'm trying to disassemble the fan to repair/replace the switch, however, I can not get the fan bade and cage off the motor spindle. I removed the 3 screws behind the fan blades and tried wiggling the blade off the spindle but it is not budging. I don't see a set screw or anything that would lock the blade onto the spindle. Also tried some gentle prying with a screwdriver.



Any tips/tricks to remove the fan blade from the spindle? Could it be rust...and if so, might a little WD40 help? 
Also, has anyone replaced the power switch on this type of fan? If so, any tips on a replacement switch or is this fairly common to find? (I'm OK with any push button power switch that fits). Is this fan and switch 1 or 2 speeds? (with the switch stuck in, my fan only ran at one speed). 

Thanks!


Here is close to what it is supposed to look like minus the gear box. You probably know this if you ruin the windings you have just ruined the fan .

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 Posted: Mon Dec 10th, 2018 08:50 pm
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Thanks Zachary...good info and advise. When I pull on the blade I am doing so by pulling as close to the center of the blade as possible, but so far it is not moving at all on the shaft. I just used a little WD-40 and will try again soon. 
The rubber bushing is between the hole on the blade and the spindle/shaft, correct? Are those known to be tricky or should the blade slide off fairly easily? 


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 Posted: Tue Dec 11th, 2018 12:47 pm
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Hello Dave, you may have one that is a press fit blade. There is one of those models in the C neck that was pressed on with no rubber grommet. Is your model a gray or Blue Spruce color. The grommet models come apart fairly easy. I suspect you may have one of the press fit models in which the blade won't come off. There are a couple of other members that ran into your problem and couldn't get the blade off.

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 Posted: Tue Dec 11th, 2018 02:45 pm
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Hi Michael. Thanks for your input. I don't know the GE colors but I'd say the fan is blue spruce (see attached picture). Perhaps you can identify in the second picture if it's a grommet or press fit model. I've pulled and wiggled the blade strongly but carefully, and soaked with WD-40,  but it doesn't budge. 
I bought the fan last week for $20 for a friend who loves the 1950/1960s look. It ran perfectly other than the switch was fussy and stuck in the on/pressed in position...then the moment I played with the switch it fell apart inside the housing.
I might end up cutting in a removable panel at the switch location so I can access the wiring to install a new switch. Is there any particular to know about a replacement switch? Hate to alter the original product but I know this isn't a unique collectors model and I don't want to buy another fan...and I enjoy projects like this. 

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 Posted: Sat Dec 15th, 2018 05:41 pm
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That looks press fit to me. I see metal shaft, not rubber.

You may be doing some surgery, sir... 

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 Posted: Fri Jan 4th, 2019 05:08 pm
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And surgery I did!







Cut off the back of the motor housing,  installed new switch and then glued the back piece back on. All in all the finished solution came out reasonably well; you can't even see it from the front or side. The fan cleaned up nicely and works perfectly. Thanks for everyone's input. 

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