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09 June 2008 @ 11:25 am
I just spent the last hour on the phone with various repair places and GE to find out that NO ONE, not even GE, supports the fixing of their old fans.

I've got a BEAUTIFUL old 40's era table fan that STILL WORKS, it just needs its bearings replaced, but not even GE will help me fix it.

SO frustrated.
Current Mood: frustratedfrustrated
amigoid: Iron Manamigoid on June 9th, 2008 07:57 pm (UTC)
It can be done
You'd need to be able to disassemble the motor, you might need a bearing puller to do it, then a press to get it back on. If you live in a major metro area, post a wanted ad on craigslist, and you might find a hobbyist that can do it.
What bout finding a new fan with a simular size motor?
Fritters: Gir YAY! by wilkins04fritters on June 9th, 2008 08:21 pm (UTC)
Re: It can be done
Thanks for the craigslist hint! Hadn't thought of that! I don't want a new motor, though, since the 1940s era one still works fine ^_^
dc_morgenstern on June 9th, 2008 10:19 pm (UTC)
Additionally, I've heard of places that specialize in small motor repairs. There was one near me, but it closed before I could have them fix some late 70s bathroom fan motors. You're more likely to have them than I am, considering the population density out there. ;)

btw, bearings are often easier to work with than wires in an electromagnet, so you're already one up on me there too.
Fritters: Ed Thinking by Frittersfritters on June 9th, 2008 10:21 pm (UTC)
Do you know what the place was under in the yellow pages? I looked under small appliance repair and no one did it. Do you know the general category the place was under?
dc_morgenstern on June 11th, 2008 02:46 am (UTC)
Either small motor or small engine repair.

Don't forget to check under the places that do larger stuff, or that sell such things, some of them also do repairs and work on smaller things.
Fritters: Ed Stars by Frittersfritters on June 11th, 2008 02:57 am (UTC)
Sounds good, thanks!
postrophe on June 9th, 2008 11:59 pm (UTC)
There are places that specialize in new bearings in all sizes. Orange Bearing in south L.A., for one, but for that matter there's a bearing place right close to me on foothill...
Fritters: TT Oooo - looking by shamanic_nurikofritters on June 10th, 2008 12:09 am (UTC)
Foothill is pretty much on the way to work for Martin. Can you get me the name of the place so I can phone them and ask them if they do it and for an estimate?
postrophe on June 10th, 2008 07:55 am (UTC)
I'll email you the bearings of this bearing place...
Frittersfritters on June 10th, 2008 06:20 pm (UTC)
postrophe on June 12th, 2008 07:43 am (UTC)
You can go to http://www.bearingsdirect.com ...

...or you can just stop in at 6861 Foothill Blvd, Tujunga....
Fritters: Zim google-eyes by inanefritters on June 12th, 2008 06:37 pm (UTC)
Wow, that's a really overwhelming webpage! It looks like all they do is sell them, but maybe they know a handyman with experience...