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 Posted: Fri Nov 3rd, 2017 11:02 pm
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Marryann Claritan
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i have one of those annoying ge fans with the rubber grommet of doom. it is what i call a strap fan and it runs but i cannot get it apart and on startup it makes a humming sound like in the video i will include i about a minute and if it has been running for about an hour it starts squeeling. what should i do? :violin:

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 Posted: Fri Nov 3rd, 2017 11:08 pm
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 Posted: Sun Nov 5th, 2017 02:56 am
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Levi Mevis
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Your fan is what's known as the GE "Standard" Fan which was GE's lowest end fan model they made, they also made a fan called the "Quiet-Blade", and the "Vortalex" of which the "Vortalex" was the highest end model they made, and the "Quiet-Blade" was the mid model. On your GE "Standard" you have to use a large Standard-Blade Screwdriver and gently pry against the blade's hub until the blade assembly pops free of the rubber retention grommet. You should then be able to get that rubber grommet off with your fingers from the shaft. It sounds like your fan's motor needs oiling which can be done by removing two screws from the front that are holding the motor into place (one at the six o'clock position and one at the twelve o'clock position and then gently remove the motor out of the housing by using the shaft and then there should be a couple of oil ports on the top of the fan motor, one in the front and one in the rear.
Hope this helps. 

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 Posted: Sun Nov 5th, 2017 03:04 am
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Marryann Claritan
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thanks, after doing a bit of reserch i found this out, this is probably my newest fan i  own.  i know it sounds stupid but i mainly like bersted fans 

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 Posted: Sun Nov 5th, 2017 03:09 am
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I recommend you soak that grommet really well with WD40. They have a bad habit of drying out & crumbling when you are trying to remove them.

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 Posted: Sun Nov 5th, 2017 03:11 am
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Marryann Claritan
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okay i will take that advice,.  :up:

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 Posted: Sun Nov 5th, 2017 03:13 am
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Levi Mevis
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Your fan is probably from the mid 1950s as GE went to an osha guard around 1960 or so on their "Standard" Fans, Also I've had about 5 of those GE "Standard" fans and they were all great performers except my first one which was from the 1960s as it had an osha guard on it the motor on that one seized up on me and I couldn't repair it so it got scrapped but the other 4 i've had were 1950s models with the open cage like yours in fact the last one I had was a 12" 2 speed model like yours but I traded it for a post war 1948 Fresh'nd Air Floor CIrculator.
Anyways I have a Zero 12" box fan from 1950 that works like a champ and is super quiet compared to its larger brethren I have which consists of an early 1960s Eskimo 20" 3 speed Box Fan, and a 1970s Berns Air King 20" 3 speed box fan. I used to have one of those early 1940s Eskimo "Spider Web" fans but I sold it.

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 Posted: Sun Nov 5th, 2017 03:15 am
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cool.

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 Posted: Mon Nov 6th, 2017 05:50 pm
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The GE instructions i got with the NOS rubber hub mounts i found on EBAY had the directions to soak the rubber in rubbing alcohol to make removal of putting on of the blade easier... i have 2 of these fans, gray and aqua spruce, ad i love how quiet they are. maint and lube are a pain in the backside though

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 Posted: Wed Nov 8th, 2017 05:07 am
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No oil ports. Regrease the gearbox and that provides lubrication if I remember correctly.

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 Posted: Thu Nov 9th, 2017 09:01 pm
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I just this afternoon decided to grease and oil the exact same 12" fan you show here because it too was making noises like you describe. It's true, soak that rubber grommet in wd40 and let it sit a few days. if the grommet has a pinhole on the front, shoot the wd40 directly into the hole and let it sit. Once you're able to remove the blade, do so then ease it out through the side of the cage. then remove the 3 screws (some only have 2) to remove the cage. Pull gently to remove the oscillator cap and unscrew the switch grommet. Look inside and you will see a little screw at the NE and SW if you imagine it like a compass. Those hold the bullet cover onto the motor. Once you loosen those screws, gently ease the cover off the back. You'll see the gearbox at the front. Remove the 2 screws you see holding down the lid, taking care to not exert too much downward pressure. (I had to use Liquid Wrench spray and tap the screws and let it sit because my screws were so stubborn. Also tore a rip in the palm of my hand with the screwdriver. Check the grease which may be hard and change out if necessary. There are two oil ports, one at the front and one at the back, they look like little squares with felt inside. Fill them up good, both the front and back one. Put everything back together, taking care with the screws that hold the back on, because the plastic screw holes can be stripped accidentally (I speak from experience.) It should again purr like a kitten once you're done!

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 Posted: Thu Nov 9th, 2017 09:07 pm
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Hey, Luke, I always thought that there were no oil ports as well, then I saw another post that pointed out the oil ports under the gearbox cover, there is a tiny little square hole in both the front and the back of the shaft with felt inside visible when the lid is off. Those are the oil ports.

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