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 Posted: Tue Nov 10th, 2020 12:13 pm
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Marshall Calante

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Edit: Seems all I need to do was oil it :) I took out the rotor and cleaned it and the bushing, oiled and replaced, now it hardly bats an eye at starting up. Just seems odd it had no issue till I replaced the cord!
Hello all 

I recently acquired an Elcon fan (uncertain of the year), in fairly good condition with exception of the power cord. In the distant past someone had cut the plug off and soldered on a lamp cord/fitting so it be powered from a desk lamp. Both parts of the cord were falling apart. 

I had some 3 core 0.75mm wiring from a previous project, so I removed the old cord  and replaced it with this. After this, the fan now struggles to start spinning without a little assistance. Once it gets going its fine.  When I tested the fan originally it spun up without an issue. 

Other than soldiering on the new cord, I hadn't touched the rotor/stator/windings. I'm assuming at this point that maybe the fan can't draw enough current through this cord to get started. Could someone confirm what gauge of wire should I be using here - assuming this is even the issue? Visually I cannot see anything untoward otherwise. 

Thank you

Last edited on Tue Nov 10th, 2020 12:35 pm by Marshall Calante

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