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 Posted: Fri Oct 6th, 2017 08:05 am
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Mike Crenshaw
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Hi.  I just recently did an electrical repair on a 10 inch single speed Emerson Silver Swan that I got ten years ago at the 2007 Fan Fair.  So far, it is running very well; no more electric shocks or anything when I touch the switch or the fan housing.  And it's a great fan, too.  Puts out a nice, smooth air flow just like my new Roto-Beam.


Does anyone out there ever sleep with a single speed fan on all night?

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 Posted: Fri Oct 6th, 2017 08:47 am
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Don Tener
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Not a single speed but I have a 16" Diehl 3 speed I have been running 24-7 for the last couple months.

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Frequently we sleep with the fan on all night, (fortunately my wife doesn't like air conditioning,) single speed Westy Cardinal.  In addition to the Cardinal  we have a white noise machine that is fan driven that has run 24/7 for the past 8 years, about every 4 years I unplug it an clean out the dust bunnies.

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 Posted: Fri Oct 6th, 2017 01:35 pm
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We have a Freshy 1400, a Ribbonaire and a Hunter Zephair C-12 that have been running 18 hours/day (overnite in all bedrooms) for well over two years. I have them on timers to come on at 2pm and turn off at 8am. I trust them overnite, but not during the day when no one is home.  

My middle child spent the night at a friend's house earlier in the summer and complained the next day that he couldn't sleep because there wasn't a fan on.


We also have an Emmy Jubilee on the wall in our kitchen, a 16" Vader in our Living Room and a Hunter Century Type 12 (loop handle w/overlapping blades) in our den.  They get turned on as needed during the day.




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Jenn Selchow
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I run a single speed 10" fan all night in my bathroom. The bathroom door is adjacent to my headboard, so I hear the hum of it. I am not the type that needs white noise to sleep, so sometimes I will shut it off if the noise is bothering me. It is a Chicago Electric Sterling Cat. No. 5330E. This fan has been in my family for decades and how my fan hobby started.

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 Posted: Fri Oct 6th, 2017 03:38 pm
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I have a 77648-AW pedestal that runs 24/7. Before that it was a 29668 and a before that, a C-16 Zephair.

33" Ilgwind runs almost 24/7 in my shop.

I trust a fan that has been checked out.

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 Posted: Fri Oct 6th, 2017 09:21 pm
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Mike Crenshaw
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Also would like to ask, whoever has had single speeders on all night, have you ever had problems with overheating or burnouts with the motor?

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Mike Crenshaw wrote: Also would like to ask, whoever has had single speeders on all night, have you ever had problems with overheating or burnouts with the motor?Even though I am running a 3 speed 24/7 I am running it on high so that is the same as if it was a single speed fan. I have been running 2 different ones. for the last 2 months I have been running a Diehl and before that I was running a Emerson 77648 for about 3 years. Both on high and never had a problem yet. Also both fans are 16". Here is a pic of the Diehl. Oh and both are outside in the Florida humidity all the time!


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Andrew Block
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Mike Crenshaw wrote: Also would like to ask, whoever has had single speeders on all night, have you ever had problems with overheating or burnouts with the motor?
How would running a fan that is in good health cause it to overheat or burnout? Running is the purpose for which it was built.

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 Posted: Sat Oct 7th, 2017 05:12 am
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Andrew Block wrote: Mike Crenshaw wrote: Also would like to ask, whoever has had single speeders on all night, have you ever had problems with overheating or burnouts with the motor?
How would running a fan that is in good health cause it to overheat or burnout? Running is the purpose for which it was built.
Well, I figure that a motor running at a higher speed generally works harder than when it is running at a lower speed.  And it would seem that the harder a motor works, the hotter it will get.

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NM Whitney Jr.
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I don't know what others have experienced, but on some of my fans (10" GE Vortalex, Westinghouse 12LA) run warmer on the lower speeds.

I've always supposed that the lower speeds don't cool the motor as well...

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Andrew Block
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No fan, as built from the factory, and still working within factory spec, would be unsafe to run. What kind of business model would that be? The Vortalex shaded pole motors get screaming hot but are running within spec.

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Ellis Fentress
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I run a early 1920s restored emmy jr every night for the past 2 years no problems. When it starts to get noisey or slow starting I give it a couple drops of zoom oil as shes ready to go.

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Not a single speed but I run a 1900 pancake everynight. Sometimes I'll doze off and leave a Manhatten No.3 running on the variac. I also used a 1820 1908 16" emerson overnight during the summer. 

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