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 Posted: Tue Sep 28th, 2021 11:10 pm
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Hello everyone, my old Homart fan is slowly dying on me, when I turn it on the motor just hums and wont spin til I grab the blades and give it some help. What do y'all think, bearings going out, brushes, or? Thanks Matt

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 Posted: Wed Sep 29th, 2021 01:14 am
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If you give the blade a spin with your hand will it keep spinning for a while, or will it stop after a few seconds?

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 Posted: Wed Sep 29th, 2021 01:22 am
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It takes right off and starts running, but I know it can't be good for the motor.

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 Posted: Wed Sep 29th, 2021 02:08 am
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I mean when you spin it with the fan off.

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 Posted: Wed Sep 29th, 2021 08:05 am
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Oh, sorry, with the fan switch off it will not spin at all without significant force.

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 Posted: Wed Sep 29th, 2021 01:01 pm
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matt the first question is did you recently replace  the belt? has the motor and the sleeve bearing been oiled? if you take off the belt the motor should spin and the fan blade should spin,  both by hand. if the belt is too tight it will not get going well by itself. your motor has a start-switch inside it only for spin up and then it disengages ...when you shut the fan off you should hear a click as the fan stops. this re sets the start switch (some call it a clutch) for the next time you turn it on. This start switch can get gummed up and it doesnt click in which case your motor will hum but not start moving without help...i suspect this is your issue..... see if you can get some advice here from someone who knows how to have that switch get back to work....i have had this issue on 2 of these fans and one of my motor guys took care of it so your fan should live again ! 

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 Posted: Wed Sep 29th, 2021 03:11 pm
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I will have to remove the belt to try what you described, both the motor and the fan shaft are religiously oiled, I just fired it up a week ago after sitting all summer and it started this problem a couple days ago. I remember hearing that "click" last spring but dont recall hearing it this week, I hope that is all the problem is, thanks for the help!

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 Posted: Wed Sep 29th, 2021 03:16 pm
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you can tap on the side of the fan and see if that jiggles it to click. i had that happen, when they get sticky it just starts and you have to un gum it up. this sounds verrrrrry familiar i bet it is that start switch 

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I got the belt off, the motor pulley is EXTREMELY stiff can barely turn it, tried tapping on the side of the motor doesn't seem to be helping much.

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If the motor is hard to turn, You found your problem then, the motor shaft should spin freely. Either the oil isn't getting to the bearings or they are gummed up. You may have to tear down the motor to clean the shaft & bearings.

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In the process of tearing down the motor right now, VERY DIRTY AND GREASY!!

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 Posted: Thu Sep 30th, 2021 01:05 am
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Does anyone know if the bearings are pressed on? Cant seem to find a way into the mount collars.

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 Posted: Thu Sep 30th, 2021 01:41 am
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If they are sleeve bearings, do not remove them. Clean the bearing surface & oil it. There should be felt around the outside of them to hold oil. Clean the motor shaft well & put a couple of drops of oil on it.

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 Posted: Thu Sep 30th, 2021 12:47 pm
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Well guys, got the motor apart, suprising the inside is fairly clean, contacts for the "clutch" clean, everything else looked good. Put a few squirts of mineral oil on the bearing and it freed right up, let it soak overnite, going to reassemble the fan this afternoon, will update when completed.

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 Posted: Thu Sep 30th, 2021 10:19 pm
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Got her all buttoned up and she purrs like a kitten. Picked up a new belt at Ace Hardware,  hard to believe they have them on the shelf. The new belt has just a tad bit more tention than the old one after adjusting. What is recommended for tention bout a half inch play when you squeeze  them?

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 Posted: Fri Oct 1st, 2021 04:58 pm
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That sounds a little snug to me, I would back it off a bit

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Hopefully you purchased a fractional horsepower belt, they resemble automotive, however, are made differently. Using an automotive belt on this fan would give shorter fan life.

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 Posted: Fri Oct 1st, 2021 05:16 pm
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I got the belt at Ace Hardware, I believe it said utility belt on the package,I seen the exact same belt on the antique fans guy YouTube video, he restores a lot of fans he gets from Whiskey Lizard.

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Yep the Ace Hardware belts are fractional horsepower

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 Posted: Fri Oct 1st, 2021 08:34 pm
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Yes sir, says it on the package for fans

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 Posted: Mon Oct 4th, 2021 08:59 pm
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well i am happy to hear it is a "save" and running well again!. yes keep the belt on the looser side... great work! 

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 Posted: Mon Oct 4th, 2021 09:02 pm
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The belt has a good 2 inches of give when I squeeze it between the pulleys.  Is that too much or not enough?

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 Posted: Tue Oct 5th, 2021 04:30 pm
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as long as it pulls the fan  at the normal speed, you probably just tighten it a scootch if it stretches with tim   but tension should be easy-peasey and not tight or the start clutch will keep trying  to engage 

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