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 Posted: Tue Jul 30th, 2019 02:26 am
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Adam Novitt
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Hi. 
We've owned a Dielhl pedestal fan for a few years now and love it. I really don't know much about electric motors but have done a bit of work with motorcycle wiring harnesses and some work on old stereo equipment, despite not understanding electrical theory to any degree. 

I picked up a Silex Handybreeze in a Craigslist sale and it wasn't what it appears to be.  Someone has worked on it.  There are two things that concern me.  

1.  There is front to back play in the shaft. Maybe a 1/4 inch or more.  The fan makes noise when it oscillates just before it turns back and I believe this is the shaft moving. Is this OK or is it missing some bushings or something. 

2. The fan gets quite hot on the motor housing.  Like to hot to touch for any length of time.  When I plug in the bare motor on the bench the frame that holds the armature gets pretty darn hot quick. Is that normal? 

What, if anything, do I need to make this run right again? 

Thanks 

Adam

Last edited on Tue Jul 30th, 2019 03:42 am by Adam Novitt

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 Posted: Tue Jul 30th, 2019 10:22 am
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Lane Shirey
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The end play can be adjusted by adding fiber washers to the front and back of the rotor, keeping it centered in the stator.  End play should be around 1/16”
While you have the motor apart, clean all bearing surfaces and the oscillator gearbox with mineral spirits. The fan should spin freely by hand and then slowly coast to a stop.  

Without a picture it’s hard to tell what you have, but it likely is a shaded pole type motor.  If it has 2 headwires,  it is.  These do get hot. 

Cleaning the bearings may help it run a little cooler, but the only way to really have an idea is to use a kill a watt meter to check running amps and compare with what’s on the motor tag.  

Unless it gives off a hot or burning smell, it’s likely ok if the current draw is in spec.  

I hope that helps you out. 

Cheers!

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 Posted: Tue Jul 30th, 2019 11:07 am
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This is a huge help.  I think the motor is a shade pole with one winding on both sides of the rotor. 
Also this post should have been in the pre 1950 section. 

Is there an easy source for fiber washers?  

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 Posted: Tue Jul 30th, 2019 09:29 pm
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You can get them from McMaster Carr but you must buy a bag of them. You might be able to find an assortment kit at Home Depot or Harbor Freight. But you’ll find that you’ll only use a few types from the kit and will need to still order others from McMaster. That’s if you intend to restore other types of fans. 
If not your hardware store might have singles that you can buy. 

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