#1. Are ceiling fans from the 1970s and 80s era some sort of valuable collectibles or something?
Nope. As far as I know, there's
zero "collector" value in 1970s and 80s ceiling fans, and hardly anybody
else in the world is at all interested in them, (You are welcome to surprise
me, however). Even at prices around five and ten dollars, used ceiling fans
from the 1970s and 80s era tend to languish unwanted at reused centers, flea
markets, thrift stores, garage sales and even dumpsters and trash piles
across the nation. However, there is collector value in pre 1950s ceiling
fans. Ceiling fans between the late 1800s to the mid 1900s can be worth
allot, but that's not what this website is based upon, this site is based
upon 1970s and 1980s ceiling fans. I've gotten E-mails from people who are asking way too much for a ceiling fan. Usally $20 to $50 has been what I've bought them off of anyone who has inquired, sometimes higher depending on what you have.
#2. I have a problem with my ceiling fan, it doesn't work or doesn't work properly?
Depends on the issue. Motors on old ceiling fans in most cases never fail. So it could be a capacitor issue, connection issue, or a bearing issue. If it's a bearing issue, the motor will either be seized up or hard to turn the blades. WD40 will free up the bearings, then follow it up with ceiling fan bearing oil. Note that the bearings may be noisy after, and will not go away unless you replace them. If it's a capacitor issue, the motor will still power on and warm up, but will not turn the blades or fan may run, but very slow. Check out the values of the capacitor, and the voltage. eBay has alot of them. Replace with same values or close to the same values if capactor is bad. It's always best to replace with the same microfarad, but if one value is off buy a microfarad or less, it should be alright. If the voltage is the same or higher, that's also better, if the the replacement is rated at a lower voltage, you may not get the full life out of the capacitor. If it's a wiring issue, that could be hard to figure out. It's always good to take reference photos of all the wires before you disconnect them.
#3. The pull chain came out of my ceiling fan, where can I get another?
Home Depot and Lowes both sell different types of pull switches. Some are single layer, and some are double layer. And there are also more than one type of those switches. You may want to try
Switchco which either you may be able to match up a switch by either the part number / manufacturer on the old switch, or send it it for a match. If you are handy at stuff like this, then take reference photos of the wiring so you are able to reconnect things without not knowing where they go. A jewelry screw driver or something like it is easy to use to remove the wires from the switch. Each soldered tipped wire is forced in with a piece of flexable metal that clamps the tip of the wire into the hole to make a connection, sticking a jewlery screw driver in prys open the flexable metal clamp to where it lets go of the wire so you can pull the it out. If too forcefull you can break the plastic.
#4. I need a part and don't know where to get it.
Home Depot, Lowes, Dan's Fan City, or any place that specializes in ceiling
fans, carries parts for ceiling fans such as, Replacement blades, Blade
brackets, Light kits, Pull chain switches, Wall speed controls, and Oil.
Hunter original ceiling fan oil in the ceiling fan section will work with all ceiling fans. Note, there are a lot of ceiling fans that you can't get parts for anymore, that's why, in the forums there is a topic called "Looking For a Replacement
Part" Maybe a collector has a part to spare. This topic is open to everyone
and don't need an account to post.
#5 How do I post on the forums without a account?
can post under the topics, Technical Problems, Looking For A Replacement Part,
and Buy Sell And Trade without a account. Those topics are open for people who just
visit this site, that need help to fix a ceiling fan and/or need a replacement
part. Under those topics, click on New Thread, type your name (Doesn't have to
be your full name), type the subject, and fill in the Security Check letters and
numbers that you see above the Security Check box, type your message and than
click on Post Message. It's as simple as that.
#6. Do I Sell Parts For Ceiling Fans?
I get e-mails all the time in reference about parts and ceiling fans,
questioning if I have them in
stock to order. I do not have any inventory or stock. This is a collector site,
not an online store. On an occasion I do buy, sell, or trade with other ceiling fan collectors.