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Query from: Alan Brackett, L.A., CA, 04/05/08
Topic: OTHER_CONSUMER GOODS      Submitted on: Ammas.com
Subject: Where do I add oil for a Hunter ceiling fan?

I bought and have had this ceiling fan/light for 35 years. It has been a long time since I added oil and don't remember where to add it. There is a hole above the motor housing and I think that's where it goes but it's not marked and the original instructions I have don't show where to add the oil. It is a Model 22302 Hunter Olde Tyme fan and made by Robbins and Myers, Inc.

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Response from: NEERAJA NAVEEN,   
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Source: This information comes from my own knowledge.
The Hunter 'Original' manufactured by the Hunter Fan Co., formerly a division of Robbins & Myers, Inc. is an example of a cast-iron ceiling fan. It has enjoyed the longest production run of any fan in history, dating from 1906 to the present it is still being manufactured as the "Classic Original", with several spin-off models. The Original employed a shaded-pole motor from its inception until the late 1980s, at which point it was changed to a permanent split-capacitor motor. Though the fan's physical appearance remained unchanged, the motor was further downgraded in 2002 when production was shipped overseas; the motor, though still oil-lubricated.

Normally these fans are designed for life time that means 20-25 years. Most ceiling fan manufacturers claim their fans will never require oil. Most of these fans can operate for many years with no added lubrication. However, depending on the life and age of the fan, motors may ultimately require to be oiled whether they are designed for it or not.

Some fans are made with an "oil-bath" lubrication system, designed to be oiled regularly to keep the bearings lubricated. Most motors made these days have "sealed bearings" they are lubricated when manufactured and not designed to require oil. However over time, with dirt and the heat from the motor etc, these sealed bearings eventually get dirty or dry and require to be cleaned and re-lubricated. If your fan is operating fine I wouldnt worry about it. However if it is running slow, the blades do not coast freely by hand, or it makes mechanical noise, it may need oil.

Certain fans, such as Hunter Originals and other older models, are designed to be oiled regularly, and not doing so could result in premature bearing wear. Also, even a fan not designed to be oiled, if the blades turn stiffly or do not coast, and yet the fan still runs properly, the added load on the motor could be causing it to overheat and wear prematurely. Better get some oil.

Visit http://www.ceiling-fans-n-more.com/… for instructions on when and how to oil your ceiling fan

ALSO YOU CAN VISIT THE WEBSITE TO SEE ABOUT THE LUBRICATION OF THE CEILING FAN :

http://www.ceiling-fans-n-more.com…

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Response from: Bond 007 James,   
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hi alan, how u doing? honestly i have no experience with these hunter fans,but i got this information from www.i dont know why you are not regularly oiling your fan? its really great,inspite of poor maintainance its working well. as you put oil long back,now its better to do both servicing and filling oil for long run.

The oil hole will usually be on top of the motor near the downrod and will sometimes be labeled. Models designed to be oiled usually are of cast iron construction and weigh significantly more than conventional fans i.e. 40lbs or so. And in most cases when a fan is designed to be oiled the motor windings are visible through the vent holes in the bottom of the motor housing. With these fans, the motor usually fills the entire motor housing, whereas with motors with sealed bearings, there is often a lot of space inside the motor housing.

Fans not designed to be oiled may still require oiling if the bearings become dry, dirty or gummed with time and use.

In all cases the oil needed will be a 10, 15, or 20 weight non-detergent motor oil. Do not use oils with detergents as they will gum the bearings. 3-in-1 oil is not recommended, and WD40 is NOT a motor oil.

simply fill the resevoir with oil via the oil hole. Unless the fan is completely dry or the oil has been drained, 1 or 2 ounces should be enough. In the event the fan is devoid of oil you will want to fill it completely. If the bearings are gummed or dirty you may want to fill it with oil, spin the rotor until it moves freely, and then drain and re-oil. In severe cases you may want to first fill the resevoir with degreaser such as WD40 or tuner cleaner, drain that (or allow it to dry) and then fill with oil. all this information i got it from www.hunterfan.com…

see this para how to do servicing which i got it from some forum -

Remove the cover from the bottom with two screws. Disconnect all wires, making note of where they go. Remove the pullchain and any other parts. Uncrew that entire tube at the bottom-- it is reverse threaded so you turn it the opposite way. Clean the dust and dirt gently Once unscrewed, you have access to the bearings. Clean them WD40 and then fill the fan with 10wt non detergent motor oil. If this doesnt free it up, or if the oil is not reaching the bearings, you will have to take it apart further. good luck

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Response from: yogesh sawhney,   
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Source: This information comes from my own knowledge.
Most ceiling fan manufacturers claim their fans will never require oil. Most of these fans can operate for many years with no added lubrication. However, depending on the life and age of the fan, motors may ultimately require to be oiled whether they are designed for it or not.

Some fans are made with an "oil-bath" lubrication system, designed to be oiled regularly to keep the bearings lubricated. Most motors made these days have "sealed bearings" they are lubricated when manufactured and not designed to require oil. However over time, with dirt and the heat from the motor etc, these sealed bearings eventually get dirty or dry and require to be cleaned and re-lubricated. If your fan is operating fine I wouldnt worry about it. However if it is running slow, the blades do not coast freely by hand, or it makes mechanical noise, it may need oil.

Certain fans, such as Hunter Originals and other older models, are designed to be oiled regularly, and not doing so could result in premature bearing wear. Also, even a fan not designed to be oiled, if the blades turn stiffly or do not coast, and yet the fan still runs properly, the added load on the motor could be causing it to overheat and wear prematurely. Better get some oil.

Visit http://www.ceiling-fans-n-more.com/… for instructions on when and how to oil your ceiling fan.

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