|Joined: ||Wed Jul 1st, 2015|
|Location: || |
|Yeah, when I visit the Riviera Beach Habitat Restore, I am always amazed at the endless supply of cheap ceiling fans. The majority of mass marketed ceiling fans are so cheap (in cost and quality) that people don't even bother to take them when they move. I guess the Chinese are giving us what modern Americans want........a low price as many Americans don't want to pay extra for quality.
Some years ago, I was a manger at an oceanside condominium. One owner of a rental unit was happy that he had purchased 3 new small ceiling fans for less than $50.00. All white, all metal (including blades), 36" fans. Edwards Electric installed all three in less than an hour for $75.00. (Fortunately, the building was from the 1950's and had 9' foot ceilings, metal blades in a rental? or anywhere?) Three years later the owner was refurbishing the apartment for the next prospective renter and I noticed he had three more new ceiling fans from the big box store. One old fan was dead in the water (often a switch) and the other two also had a bad case of rust (salt air is tough on cheap crap) and never seemed to be well balanced. I wouldn't want to spend a lot of money on a quality fan in a salt air environment and many renters are tough on fixtures and appliances..........so I kind of understand......and that is how cheap crap from China or elsewhere so dominates our market. $125.00 product and service cost for 3 years.
The owner of another apartment called me because the 36" Hunter ceiling fan was not working. The switch was bad and it did have a thin layer of rust on the top. I needed a set of blades/irons so I offered to install a new cheap fan for free if I could have the Hunter. The 1980's Hunter is working in one of my small back bedrooms.
The condo's social room (built in late 1950's) was open air (meaning not air conditioned). Of course, every time there was a problem with the fans (4) the board of directors wanted me to replace them as cheaply as possible. I never found out how long the motors would last in the salt air environment because the particle board blades would swell up in the high humidity.