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 Posted: Sun Sep 13th, 2020 01:26 pm
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Michael Moulton
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Hi,
I rebuilt a 42" Hunter Original (model 23827 serial 318147). Everything inside looked complete and aok...just had some caked old oil to clean off before reassembling and refilling with the proper 10weight oil. The bearings and everything looked good. Cap looked okay but replaced it with a new one with matching part number. 

Here is my question...the link below is to a short video of it running w/out blade arms and blades. It makes a rahrahrah kind of sound when it turns at each of the three speeds and the bottom metal casing gets pretty darm warm.


flic.kr/p/2jFSaHh
Is this something ok for Hunter originals or is there something more I need to do before finishing this rebuild up for my porch? 

Thanks for any info!

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 Posted: Thu Sep 17th, 2020 02:49 pm
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Levi Mevis
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Your video link doesn't work.
Also one thing I have heard a few times is that some ceiling fan motors don't like being ran without the blades being attached because the motor has to work harder without anything on them.

Also my parents used to have a 1960s vintage "spinner" style fan in their living room years ago that did the same thing you're describing and it was because the fan wasn't balanced right (the blades were too heavy for the fan).

I'm not sure if that's actually whats wrong with your fan or not, but just saying that's been my experience with ceiling fans.

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 Posted: Thu Sep 17th, 2020 08:36 pm
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Michael Moulton
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Thanks Levi.
I'll try the link again...the text of the link is flic.kr/p/2jFSaHh
It is a video on Flickr

I wouldn't have guessed the work harder without blades thing but now that you mention it I get it. I'll complete the assembly, try again, and report back. 

- Michael


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 Posted: Thu Sep 17th, 2020 09:13 pm
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Levi Mevis
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Yes, looking forward to it. 
I've been to a local T G I Friday's and the ceiling fans in there were all old Hunter Originals from the 1980s.

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