AFCA Forums Home
Home Search search Menu menu Not logged in - Login | Register
AFCA Forums > Antique Fan Collectors Association > Post-1950 (Vintage) > Mobilaire 4-blade upright switch from 1949

 Moderated by: Steve Cunningham, Stan Adams, Rod Rogers
New Topic Reply Printer Friendly
Mobilaire 4-blade upright switch from 1949  Rate Topic 
AuthorPost
 Posted: Tue Aug 31st, 2021 03:10 pm
  PMQuoteReply
1st Post
Robert Colvert
Guest
 

Joined: Sat May 20th, 2017
Location: Nashville, Tennessee USA
Status: 
Offline
I have a Westinghouse Mobilaire upright fan (from 1949 I believe). The 3-way switch no longer works on the low speed setting (but does work on the high speed setting).  I am not an electrician.  Any thoughts on how to proceed to repair the switch?

Back To Top PMQuoteReply  

 Posted: Wed Sep 1st, 2021 05:04 pm
  PMQuoteReply
2nd Post
Stan Adams
Super Moderator


Joined: Mon Nov 14th, 2005
Location: Houston, Texas USA
Status: 
Offline
A photo would help a lot, but what type of switch do you have? If it is the round motor, those use a resistor for the low speed, so it could be the resistor is shot.

Back To Top PMQuoteReply

 Posted: Wed Sep 1st, 2021 06:12 pm
  PMQuoteReply
3rd Post
Robert Colvert
Guest
 

Joined: Sat May 20th, 2017
Location: Nashville, Tennessee USA
Status: 
Offline



Here are some pics.  Thank you.

Attached Image (viewed 350 times):

04DA96DC-CE43-4B33-B087-B29E65D11203.jpeg

Back To Top PMQuoteReply  

 Posted: Wed Sep 1st, 2021 08:53 pm
  PMQuoteReply
4th Post
Stan Adams
Super Moderator


Joined: Mon Nov 14th, 2005
Location: Houston, Texas USA
Status: 
Offline
Ok that helps big time. The great news is you do not have the dreaded Levolier switch. The bad news is your fan does use a nichrome resistor for the low speed. the biggest probability is the switch is ok, but that thin nichrome wire has broken. The resistor is that rectangle piece on the cross brace, it is in the upper right center of your second pic.

Back To Top PMQuoteReply

 Posted: Fri Sep 3rd, 2021 03:47 pm
  PMQuoteReply
5th Post
Robert Colvert
Guest
 

Joined: Sat May 20th, 2017
Location: Nashville, Tennessee USA
Status: 
Offline
Thank you Stan. The next question is where can I find a replacement resistor? (I did find a previous thread from a few years ago regarding this.) I am not an electrical engineer, so I want to be safe in whatever I do.

And, if I find a proper replacement resistor, is the fix simply enough for a novice like me to switch it out safely?

Thanks again.

Back To Top PMQuoteReply  

 Posted: Sat Sep 4th, 2021 09:13 pm
  PMQuoteReply
6th Post
Robert Colvert
Guest
 

Joined: Sat May 20th, 2017
Location: Nashville, Tennessee USA
Status: 
Offline
I found this on eBay. Can anyone tell me if this would work for my fan? (Apologies for my ignorance.)

https://www.ebay.com/itm/310358301621?hash=item4842cbdbb5:g:lkYAAOxy06RRGpXW

Back To Top PMQuoteReply

 Posted: Sat Sep 4th, 2021 09:58 pm
  PMQuoteReply
7th Post
Marce Clark
AFCA Member


Joined: Tue Jun 1st, 2010
Location: Floresville Texas, USA
Status: 
Offline
I don't know the answer Robert but asking a question is not Ignorance it's the smart thing to do.

Back To Top PMQuoteReply  

 Posted: Wed Sep 8th, 2021 01:53 pm
  PMQuoteReply
8th Post
Robert Colvert
Guest
 

Joined: Sat May 20th, 2017
Location: Nashville, Tennessee USA
Status: 
Offline
Is there anyone who can help me locate the correct resistor for my Westinghouse Mobilaire? Thank you.

Back To Top PMQuoteReply

 Posted: Thu Sep 16th, 2021 04:44 am
  PMQuoteReply
9th Post
Levi Mevis
AFCA Member


Joined: Tue Feb 24th, 2015
Location: Elkhart, Indiana USA
Status: 
Offline
I don't know if the 12" Lively-Aire would apply here or not, but I have a 12" 2 Speed Lively-Aire from ca. 1950 that had a ceramic coated nichrome resistor in the base of the fan for low speed and that resistor unfortunately failed and I just replaced it with a NOS 47 Ohm 10W cement power resistor that had spade connectors on each connector end I just took the spade connectors off the end of some old burned out fog lamps and wired that resistor into the base of the fan and its been working fine since.   

Back To Top PMQuoteReply  

 Posted: Wed Sep 22nd, 2021 02:21 pm
  PMQuoteReply
10th Post
Robert Colvert
Guest
 

Joined: Sat May 20th, 2017
Location: Nashville, Tennessee USA
Status: 
Offline
Can anyone definitely advise me if this resistor would work for the Mobilaire Westinghouse fan?

Or direct me to a proper replacement.

Thank you.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/310358301621?hash=item4842cbdbb5:g:lkYAAOxy06RRGpXW

Back To Top PMQuoteReply

 Posted: Sat Sep 25th, 2021 11:28 pm
  PMQuoteReply
11th Post
Levi Mevis
AFCA Member


Joined: Tue Feb 24th, 2015
Location: Elkhart, Indiana USA
Status: 
Offline
Robert Colvert wrote: Can anyone definitely advise me if this resistor would work for the Mobilaire Westinghouse fan?

Or direct me to a proper replacement.

Thank you.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/310358301621?hash=item4842cbdbb5:g:lkYAAOxy06RRGpXW
I don't see why it wouldn't but the problem is you'll need to find the mounting brackets for that style of power resistor which would attach to the ends and then screw into the chassis/mounting holes and those mounting brackets are darn near impossible to find.

Back To Top PMQuoteReply  

Current time is 06:52 pm  
AFCA Forums > Antique Fan Collectors Association > Post-1950 (Vintage) > Mobilaire 4-blade upright switch from 1949 Top



Beige Theme By: Di @ UltraBB
UltraBB 1.17 Copyright © 2007-2008 Data 1 Systems
Page processed in 0.1341 seconds (55% database + 45% PHP). 29 queries executed.