Now that summer is in full swing, you know how important it is to make sure that all your cool-air appliances, like electric fans, are working properly. But, if you are like me, you may have owned your appliance for so long that is has experienced some maintenance problems from time to time.
I don't know about you, but I don't think there is anything more frustrating than this, especially when it's tremendously hot outside. One of the most recent problems I've experienced with our family's electric fan is that the blades have been moving slowly, producing almost no cool air.
I did some research on how to fix the problem since there is supposed to be another heatwave that is going to our town next week.
The article I found online said that I should see if the electric fan blades turn freely after spinning them by hand. If it doesn't because of gunk or other residue, it's a good idea to clean it, as dirty blades can slow down the motor dramatically.
I examined my appliance, and lo and behold, there was a gum piece of gum inside the fan next to one of the blades. I couldn't believe it! I had a feeling that my 10-year-old niece put it there when she came over to our home a while ago.
I tried to take off the gum, and although I got the majority of it off, there was still some left over. To get rid of it, I took a butter knife and very carefully scraped it off. I did all of this while the electric fan was turned off and unplugged.
I finally got the gum off, and when I plugged in the fan again and turned it on., it started working like new again. I learned that with a little research, I can fix these simple appliance problems myself!