Cooling And Heating
Written by Dale Richardson - Updated: June 23, 2023
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Your desk fan stopped working, huh? The best part about this is it's often at the worst time imaginable. Generally, they're used when your room is unbearably hot - which means that trying to fix it is made that much harder by the heat. When trying to think in extreme heat, things often get difficult - and that's okay. Luckily, you don't have to think, thanks to us!
If your fan stopped working, the best thing to do is to start by double-checking that it's fully plugged in and that no breakers have tripped in your home. If that doesn't fix it, it's time to give your fan a clean and check its parts for wear or damage.
Luckily, this is all rather easy to do, and you shouldn't need to hire a professional to help. This is, of course, assuming that your fan is just a standard home fan and not an industrial-strength one. Now let's get into the details, shall we?
First things first, we'll start with the easiest and most obvious fixes. If these fixes solve your problem, fear not! We won't tell anyone if you don't, either. Now let's look at the most common solutions to a fan that's stopped working.
Okay, you've tried the easy fixes, now what? There are a few things to look (and listen) for, so let's look into them a bit more.
This is a problem with just about every electronic or mechanical contraption. They're meant to stay clean, and if you get lazy with maintaining that cleanliness, it'll start to stop working. Whether that means it stops entirely or starts to work less efficiently, there are a few things to look for.
The most obvious indicator of a fan that's stopped working due to being dirty is, well, dirt and dust. It's pretty easy to tell, especially if your formerly white fan is now grey, beige, or brown. Use a gentle cleaner (or just warm water and Dawn soap) along with a soft rag, like microfibre, to give it a quick dusting.
This will likely require you to remove the cover from the fan. Make sure (as with all electronics) to unplug the device before trying to do so.
Listen to your gadgets, folks! If you notice your fan (or any other gadget, for that matter) making abnormal noises, it's trying to tell you something. If your fan stopped working after making a grinding, tapping, or rattling noise, it's likely dead.
While it sucks to admit that your favourite fan is done for, it's often for the best. If, however, you caught the fan making noise early, there are a few things you can do before giving up.
If your industrial or car's fan stopped working, you're looking at an entirely different set of challenges. While cleaning them is always good to do, it's generally best to go to a pro for help. When you've got complicated machines connected to a fan, it's better to play things safe.
If your oven fan stopped working, check out this guide to why an oven fan is blowing cold air .
Ceiling fans are more complicated than a desk fan, so we wrote separately about that, as well! Here's our guide to fixing a slow-turning or non-functioning ceiling fan , as well as the best ceiling fans on the market.
And that's it! No more plugging our wonderful content... for now.
If your desk fan stopped working, there are a few easy fixes to try before considering a new one. Cleaning your fan regularly and listening to it are the best ways to prevent failure proactively. And don't be afraid to replace an old fan - not only do they normally work less well, but they're a fire hazard!
Stay cool out there, and as always, listen to your electronics! If they make sound, they're trying to tell you something.
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