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 Posted: Wed Oct 6th, 2021 06:06 pm
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Steven Horton
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I have a couple of older fans. I have a oak leaf that’s in my bedroom and a century that I would love to find a spot for in the house. I just took the oak leaf down. We don’t use the fan because it needs a new bearing.  Would anybody have any info on the correct bearing? Does the oil cup unscrew to get to the bearing?  Clockwise or counterclockwise?  I need to add a light kit before hanging the century. Any ideas?  

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 Posted: Wed Oct 6th, 2021 11:37 pm
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I have done a bunch of GEs, but I keep lousy notes.

You can always take the old one to a bearing shop and get it matched.


Oil cups generally unscrew opposite rotor rotation which I "remember" on GE would be counterclockwise.  There is a set screw you will need to back out first.


I have also done a few Centurys.  Tight wiring to get 4 connected but it can be done.


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 Posted: Thu Oct 7th, 2021 01:41 am
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Tom is correct. 
To unscrew the oil cup you can remove the locking setscrew in the side of the oil cup, unscrew the four plugs in the side of the oil cup that are used to add lights, place a long shaft or screwdriver through one hole and out the other, and use this as a handle to unscrew the oil cup. 

Or, wrap something around the oil cup to protect it, clamp the oil cup in a vise, and grab the main body of the fan and unscrew it. 

If you can’t find an exact replacement at a bearing supply store, you can get a common metric ball thrust bearing on Amazon. The ID of one race may be a little tight, so grind it larger if necessary. The new bearing may also be thinner. If so, add one of the old races or a shim washer on top. 

Most ceiling fans can leak oil past the axle threads into the switch area. I wipe a sealant on the axle threads. Yamabond 4 is my favorite. 

Some GE’s use rare screw sizes, like 1/4-24, so don’t loose any screws. 

A pipe wrench is necessary when dealing with downrods. 

For some reason, some new downrod pipe threads (NPT) are a little larger than the old ones and may not screw in as far. If this happens to you, get a plumber or hardware store to cut the pipe threads deeper. 

For the internal interconnection wiring, I get small diameter (18 & 20 gage) solid (not stranded) cloth covered wire from Tube Depot. Use 22 gage if you need to. 

Contact me if you want to talk. Info@ChestertownElectric.com

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 Posted: Sat Oct 9th, 2021 06:12 pm
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Thank you guys for the info I very much appreciate it. I’ve replaced the oak leaf with a newer hunter original I picked up used several years ago. It’s working great and the wife likes it so I’m going to hold off for awhile before I start on the GE.  I’m sure I will have more questions.   

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