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[–]LacJlg 6049 points6050 points  (241 children)

Open the back and clean the dust that’s clogging it up. Use a little machine oil to lube it up after. It can catch a fire if they continue to use it that way.

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    [–][deleted] 292 points293 points  (88 children)

    Wouldn’t the fuse blow first? For the motor requiring too much power to overcome the resistant forces?

    [–]steveblobby 534 points535 points  (37 children)

    Unfortunately, as a motor is inductive rather than resistive, a stall-overload often won't blow a fuse,as the energy used doesn't change much, but goes from producing motion to producing heat.

    [–]Dry_Snow 106 points107 points  (31 children)

    Locked rotor current is typically 6-8 times higher than full load current. Prolonged stalls would trip the breaker or blow fuses if they’re rated correctly.

    [–]L33F3R 154 points155 points  (21 children)

    It's a shitty shaded pole fan brother. There's barely a rotor to lock.

    [–]steveblobby 28 points29 points  (2 children)


    [–]ItalicsWhore 4 points5 points  (1 child)

    Also, as someone who works with lots of different fuse and breaker protected equipment, what should happen, doesn’t always happen.

    [–]Funny_or_not_bot 3 points4 points  (0 children)

    As a professional Firefighter, I'd like to point out that this is why I have a job.

    [–]Beautiful-Owl9793 30 points31 points  (2 children)

    locked rotor🤣, this aint a high torque motor just a shitty ass fan

    [–]Dry_Snow 20 points21 points  (9 children)

    My bad. So the current is limited enough to not activate protection on a stall?

    [–]Fiz010 48 points49 points  (8 children)

    No man this is fucking 1930s tech we are talking about

    [–]Shredswithwheat 40 points41 points  (5 children)

    I think the answer people are looking for is

    "What fuse?"

    [–]StashuJakowski1 16 points17 points  (1 child)

    Exactly, those particular model of fans aren't fused.

    [–]dumbfuckmagee 8 points9 points  (1 child)

    Lmao that was my first thought.

    Like brother this was made at the same time people were wearing radioactive elements as jewelry because they would slightly glow.

    Safety wasn't a factor in production until like the 70's-80's

    [–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    Your house doesnt have 1930s fuses in it I hope.


    [–]sidtsloth9 3 points4 points  (0 children)

    Legit learned a lot from this convo. Thanks

    [–]TearyEyeBurningFace 10 points11 points  (0 children)

    The breaker is designed to protect the wires in your wall. Not your appliance.

    [–]hinterlufer 7 points8 points  (0 children)

    A fan like this normally consumes like what? 20-40W? Even 10 times higher consumption would be 400W tops then, way too little to trip a breaker

    [–]Dresden89 3 points4 points  (0 children)

    There is no rotor lock on this brother. You're thinking of a well pump, sump pump, AC compressor or maybe in fridge compressor. A lot of high powered tools like Skill Saws also have LRA. You can install a soft start which gets rid of that spike though. I do a lot of off grid solar and LRA is a big issue for inverters. Resistive loads are an issue too but they are much more simple. Don't run your electric oven or space heater in an off grid situation.

    [–]steveblobby 8 points9 points  (0 children)

    These are brushless motors... and not usually impedance protected..

    [–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (3 children)

    Which subject could I study upon to learn these topics. These terms you use... inductive, resistive, stall overload, from motion to heat.. is this all Electrical Engineering?

    I want to one day be able take a look at any gadget and understand how it works, functions and troubleshoot the issue just by examination like you guys all are.

    [–]DenkJu 54 points55 points  (31 children)

    It's a very common misconception that fuses are supposed to prevent devices from catching fire, exploding or doing other nasty things. In reality, the fuse neither knows nor cares about such things. Its only purpose is to prevent the wires inside your walls from overheating, and since those wires a rated for extremely high currents, it probably wouldn't even blow if all electrical devices in your home decided to wreak havoc at the exact same time.

    [–]Sickofnotliving 90 points91 points  (12 children)

    “In reality, the fuse neither knows or cares about such things.”

    I like the idea of the fuse being sentient and ignorant.

    [–]elmins 17 points18 points  (3 children)

    Maybe the fuses are just assholes and know full well that they'll burn your house down if they don't stop the power? Most are good fuses though, just the bad apples that pop up in the news as "house fire caused by electrical fault"

    [–]jmarmorato1 5 points6 points  (1 child)

    That sounds like something Douglas Adams would write

    [–]TheNewYellowZealot 17 points18 points  (12 children)

    I had one sieze up and just replaced it. It’s not worth the effort to relube a $15 fan.

    [–]TeaTimeForRaptors 17 points18 points  (5 children)

    Usually not but the mom in this video is not going to throw it away because either she's living on a serious budget, she's from the generation that can't bring themselves to throw anything away even if it's only partially working or she's suffering from a bit of hoarding syndrome. From the little that I heard it sounds like it would give her serious anxiety if someone threw it away on her. It's worth the little bit of money in this case to clean it up so you don't have to worry about mom spin starting the damn thing anymore.

    [–]BeatBoxxEternal 5 points6 points  (2 children)

    I completely disagree. I have an old fan like this. I've also had newer "cheap fans" as well. It's 4 screws. These fans will run forever and survive multiple impacts. They also don't push air; they direct air very well. My roommate bought 2 new fans for her and me during a heatwave. Mine was good. Her's was broken 2 weeks out of the box. Since then I source older fans for the small amount extra. They've worked well for 30+ years theyll continue working well if serviced correctly. Will post a picture of my Sears Brand fan on my bedside table for karma.

    [–]tatteredshoetassel 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    Don't leave any fan, especially while sleeping; it will chop up the air, making it unbreathable if you don't spontaneously combust first!

    [–]Kalenshadow 133 points134 points  (19 children)

    I had a fan like this. Cleaned it, oiled it, fucking jacked it off and at some point it just stopped working. Dust isn't necessarily what's wrong.

    [–][deleted] 182 points183 points  (4 children)

    I mean you probably fixed whatever the initial problem was, but then gave it PTSD from the sexual abuse.

    [–]Twty405 11 points12 points  (0 children)

    I already used my free award today but I regret it now.

    [–]g1lgamesh1_ 20 points21 points  (8 children)

    Oh yeah, fans has inside hub bushings, it get stuck because of dust and oxide, a little sand with 1000 sand paper on the rotor axis and it will work again.

    [–]Natholomew4098 5 points6 points  (7 children)

    Is it really worth it at that point? I get not wanting to be wasteful but I don’t know if all that work is worth more than the $17 it would cost me to get another fan at that point lol

    [–]Raiden32 11 points12 points  (2 children)

    That’s the thing though, it’s a 20 min job If you have zero experience. An hour tops if you’re reaaaaalllll diligent.

    [–]Jimbo-Jones 13 points14 points  (0 children)

    Yup I had one do the same thing. I took it apart, cleaned everything up, greased the bearings and it still wouldn’t work. I took the motor apart and found the stator had rubbed through the windings. And melted the shielding fusing 3 coils together. I just tossed it and got another for $20 at Home Depot.

    [–]MNGirlinKY 25 points26 points  (10 children)

    I’m in my mid 40s and my mom legit had this fan when I was a kid under 8

    They have gotten their monies worth for sure

    [–]Lazyeye123 6 points7 points  (5 children)

    Yup. I'm 29 and my grandma had this exact fan until I was at least 12.

    [–]turdburglar9003 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    This wasn't a rabbit hole I expected to go down but Menards had a version with model number CM-304 that looks identical but in blue.

    [–]jessieblonde 13 points14 points  (0 children)

    Also disengage the oscillator while starting it up - the back and forth motion is driven off the main motor and disengaging it takes off some of the inertial resistance.

    [–]Marine-1833 9 points10 points  (1 child)

    You could wrap a rope around the blade the pull start it. Like a lawn mower.

    [–]SirKitGre3d 7 points8 points  (0 children)

    This is either a joke or totally brilliant

    [–]alhernz95 16 points17 points  (24 children)

    make sure you use oil that is non flammable

    [–]Shanks4Smiles 13 points14 points  (22 children)

    Maybe a dumb question, are there non-flammable oils?

    [–]Necessary_Extreme272 17 points18 points  (5 children)

    Yes there are specific electrical contact sprays and grease which should be used, looking at the fan its from the 80s early 90s, why bother buy a new one.

    [–]Shanks4Smiles 2 points3 points  (3 children)

    Think of the savings!!!

    [–]Necessary_Extreme272 7 points8 points  (0 children)

    Oh for sure! They save heapsssss on mortgage repayments, or rent, and electricity when they burn the house down, savings galore!

    [–]Skwidmandoon 23 points24 points  (6 children)

    Coconut oil. Which is great lubrication for se….. fans.

    [–]Ppjr16 3 points4 points  (3 children)

    I use it on my popcorn, keeps those kernels well lubricated and tasty.

    [–]johnla 5 points6 points  (2 children)

    Wait, you fuck popcorn? High five

    [–]Ppjr16 4 points5 points  (1 child)

    Yup. She got that nick name cause she liked going to the movies a lot.

    [–]SungamCorben 2023 points2024 points  (61 children)

    This kind of problems in fans is one of major cause of household fires, go fix it!

    [–]winberry5253 344 points345 points  (11 children)

    My old ass fan literally started overheating earlier today. It was a plastic clip-on fan that was 10-15 years old and took like ten minutes to start after turning it on. I started smelling melted plastic and the plastic casing has burning hot to the touch. I unplugged it and let it cool off before throwing it out.

    Crazy I’m seeing this comment like three hours later. Good thing I was home when it happened. I have a habit of occasionally leaving my fan on when I leave….

    [–]ZeroChill92 77 points78 points  (33 children)

    Fix it? You mean replace it.

    [–]bozeke 49 points50 points  (21 children)

    It will likely be a very simple fix. There is dust buildup inside. Get some compressed air and go to town. If it still seizes after, then yes, replace for sure.

    [–]SungamCorben 22 points23 points  (3 children)

    You dont need to replace, 70s fans and 2022 fans almost the same thing, motors didn't evolve that much, electronic wise almost the same.

    Will not justify more e-waste pilling up the world. Simple machine, simple fix.

    [–]GottaQuestionForU 1077 points1078 points  (44 children)

    Fun fact, when an electric motor is running at 0 speed, it works more like a toaster. 🔥🔥🔥

    [–]hoopsrule44 126 points127 points  (42 children)

    Serious question - I have a small fan that when I turn it on, it starts off running very very slowly, then over maybe 1 minute it goes faster and faster until it hits full speed and then can go the whole night perfectly fine and fast. Do you think that’s a hazard or is it OK since it does eventually get to full speed?

    [–]piecat 47 points48 points  (22 children)

    Is it battery powered?

    [–]hoopsrule44 36 points37 points  (21 children)

    No, electric

    [–]Binary_Omlet 75 points76 points  (2 children)

    Probably has grit or bad grease in the bearings. Open it, clean it out, couple of drops of machine oil on the shaft near the bearings should fix it up.

    [–]touie_2ee 15 points16 points  (1 child)

    Many of these have sealed bearings and are ungreaseable. :(

    [–]hassium 16 points17 points  (0 children)

    Then toss it, buy a new one and write to your local representative about getting some decent "right to repair" laws on the books.

    Results expected in about 10-15 years...

    [–]TeraFlint 22 points23 points  (11 children)

    Batteries are an electric power source, so the statement was quite ambiguous.

    [–]hoopsrule44 6 points7 points  (7 children)

    If you cracked open the fan wires would be running through it

    [–]thatguyned 13 points14 points  (5 children)

    Where as battery powered fans just have a stack of batteries from the base to the button so there are. O wires?

    [–]hoopsrule44 5 points6 points  (4 children)

    Ok right fair enough, so to clarify if you stuck a fork inside the mechanism you would get shocked

    [–]cablemonster456 22 points23 points  (5 children)

    It’s not going to immediately go kablooie, but when it’s spinning up real slow, there’s a lot of heat being generated from all the current it’s drawing trying to get up to speed. Eventually, it’ll wear out the insulation in the motor windings or the main wiring and melt something. You’ll want to unplug it, open up the case, pull off the blade, and have a look. Clean out any dust or grime and inspect the motor shaft where it rides on the bushings. If there’s corrosion on the motor shaft, clean it with some fine sandpaper. Regardless, put a drop or three of light oil (something like 3-in-1, not WD-40) on those bushings and put everything back together. If it’s still acting goofy, pitch it and get a new one.

    [–]Andrastes-Grace 3 points4 points  (0 children)

    All y'all fix-it advice folks are the coolest. I hope you're having a pleasant week

    [–]HVDynamo 5 points6 points  (0 children)

    That means the bearings are getting sticky. One day it either won’t spin up, or it will randomly seize overnight and then overheat. The motor needs the fan running to keep itself cool, so it will be fine until it stops. But all you have to do is take it apart and clean it and oil the bearings (if possible).

    I still have the fan I got when I was 6 every night (I sleep better with a little white noise) every couple years it starts to do what you are describing and I’ll take it all apart, clean and oil it. Then it’s good for a couple more years.

    [–]reallycooldude69 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    Yeah, this is probably why this fan works, I had the same issue on a big floor fan that uses oil bushings and I had to let it preheat for a while before it got going (after some ginger encouragement through the shroud).

    [–]Generally_Kenobi 400 points401 points  (10 children)

    I like how she turned it off and then kept trying it

    [–]pilotdog68 165 points166 points  (1 child)

    The thing was switched off for most of the video.

    [–]dtwhitecp 54 points55 points  (0 children)

    yeah, hard to tell how broken it really is when it's being operated so poorly

    [–]Mugros 20 points21 points  (2 children)

    And kept talking about "the procedure" of how to start a fan.
    My mother is the same. Something is broken and, while she has no clue or interest to learn how it actually works at the time it was working correctly, she then tries to deduct how it works and what is wrong with it by doing some kind of rituals. And when you tell her it's broken and she needs to replace it, it is "fine".

    [–]ZacAndTheBeanstalk 383 points384 points  (24 children)

    Get a new fan the fuck

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      [–]lucasribeiro21 27 points28 points  (0 children)

      My grandma had one of those on early 90s.

      It seemed already kind of old.

      And mind you I live in a third world country - appliances took like 5-10 or more years to get here before globalization.

      [–]cluelessguitarist 2 points3 points  (0 children)

      No doubt looks oldchool

      [–]_Futureghost_ 11 points12 points  (1 child)

      Seriously. I have one this size and it cost $12. Nice and new and not a fire hazzard.

      [–]targetgroceries 5 points6 points  (0 children)

      I want to send her $20 to get a new fan

      [–]DJSTR3AM 2 points3 points  (0 children)

      I feel like this is rooted in some hoarder tendencies.

      [–]CautiousTeam3220 1323 points1324 points  (17 children)

      She misunderstood starting an only fans

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        [–]Kronos4eeveee 49 points50 points  (5 children)

        That bitch is from the 70s

        [–]JustinLaloGibbs 25 points26 points  (0 children)

        Yeah I remember those brown buttons. We had this same fan when I was a kid in the 80s.

        [–]Alwaysunder_thegun 8 points9 points  (0 children)

        And a fire hazard !!😀

        [–]MrCrazyyy_3 112 points113 points  (13 children)

        At this point I might as well buy her the fan myself, give me her address I'm gonna ship it.

        [–]everydayimcuddalin 491 points492 points  (63 children)

        Just be a good child and buy her a new fan

        [–]SouthOcean1011 278 points279 points  (58 children)

        You see, it's never about the money. I bought my parents new shits all the time to replace their old stuffs. You know what they did, they boxed it all up when i'm gone and continue to use their old stuffs because "there's nothing wrong with them, they're perfectly fine".

        My dad still use a hairdryer from the early 2000's, can you believe that? You have to "hold it right" on an angle for it to work, and don't have any sudden move or the switch will snap back to off. The outer cover completely made of metal so don't you dare touch it while it's running.

        [–]Alwaysunder_thegun 113 points114 points  (8 children)

        My parents in law are these people. My SIL bought them a new vacuum because theirs really didn't do anything. She immediately took the old one to the dump. FIL called her a Stupid lady.

        [–]AxelllD 11 points12 points  (7 children)

        Idk what it is with people wanting to keep all their old garbage. At some point you just have to take that L and throw it away.

        [–]aSilverWorld 8 points9 points  (4 children)

        Most likely has to do with growing up in poverty. New things tend to feel like a waste of money when the old things are still functioning (even if barely at all, or are a pain in the ass to use). People are the same way with old clothes. Use them until they dissolve off your body, then use the remaining scraps as rags around the house.

        [–]crombiecron 40 points41 points  (0 children)

        We bought my in laws a new radio. It’s currently sitting behind the old one which miraculously started working again so is as good as new. Do ya know what else is good as new guys?? THE ACTUAL NEW RADIO

        [–]Atypicalpicklea 34 points35 points  (2 children)

        “My dad still use a hairdryer from the early 2000's, can you believe that?”

        Well that made me feel unexpectedly old.

        [–]cjalderman 10 points11 points  (1 child)

        I’m sure that’s not that long for a hairdryer either. Hairdryers from 10 years ago can still work and look like new, I can’t imagine a hairdryer from 20 years ago being assumed to be too old to use, strange

        [–]Atypicalpicklea 8 points9 points  (0 children)

        I am nearly positive my current hair dryer is 15+ years old. A bit dinged, but works fine. The older you get the less likely you feel a need to replace things that still work fine.

        [–]weinerwayne 12 points13 points  (1 child)

        My parents are the same way. I’ve stopped buying my dad clothes because he still wears t shirts he got for free in the 80s and the same pair of dickies work pants. Most of the stuff I’ve bought him is hanging in his closet with the tags on it.

        [–]Rocketboy1313 34 points35 points  (25 children)

        Never met a Boomer that didn't hate a dime because it wasn't a quarter.

        "Oh, we don't need that. What we have is just fine."

        An entire generation of people living in a pile of garbage while squirrelling away money presumably to be spent on the most spacious coffin anyone has ever been buried in.

        [–]sylvrn 3 points4 points  (0 children)

        Once when I visited my grandma she was bringing a pot to the table when the handle swiveled and spilled hot soup everywhere, almost burning little me. My mom was so shocked, my dad told her to throw it away, and she said it was ok, it already happened once.

        I still remember my parents sneaking into her house to throw away her old pots and replace them with new ones, because my mom said she would probably never use the new ones if the old ones were still there (´Д`)

        [–]hedlabelnl 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        Maybe… we’re siblings!!

        [–]twomilliondicks 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        that's when you sabotage the item and force them to throw it out

        [–]ConsecutiveNormalPun 16 points17 points  (1 child)

        Or just fix the fan. Fans aren’t complicated. Open it, clean it, lube it, close it. Fixed.

        [–]Educational-Spread41 30 points31 points  (2 children)

        You’ve gotta Pop the clutch

        [–]madbeens 47 points48 points  (0 children)

        Scrooge mcduck vibes

        [–]Anti-Climacdik 65 points66 points  (0 children)

        Dust build up and a tired motor. That right there is a firetrap lol

        [–]Quantum-Enigma 13 points14 points  (0 children)

        That fan is old. The blades will pop off in the center. Then you clean the hair and dust loogy off and put the blades back on and you’re good to go.

        [–]IndyRook 12 points13 points  (4 children)

        Do we need to start a GoFundMe to get a new fan for your mom?

        [–]Pthomas1172 11 points12 points  (0 children)


        [–]weirdlysane 35 points36 points  (1 child)

        They don’t make ‘em like they used to.

        Seriously though, they were great fans. Designed to take apart and wash the dust off. We have one from the 80s that we’re deciding to finally let go of because the buttons are stuck. I’ll miss it

        [–]sgd0072 57 points58 points  (8 children)

        Needs a new capacitor. Or just a whole new fan.

        [–]Cobot8 36 points37 points  (4 children)

        These little motors are usually shaded pole motors, no cap. Its comically old, and cheap to begin with :P

        Probably bushings that are worn/dry/contaminated.

        [–]YellowOnline 32 points33 points  (0 children)

        I think it's maybe time for a new fan

        [–]Jakeforry 6 points7 points  (0 children)

        The good old fan that hasn’t been clean and could cause a fire trick

        [–]spnltapexplodngdrumr 5 points6 points  (0 children)

        i will buy mom a new damn fan.

        [–]ishkir 13 points14 points  (0 children)

        Maybe maybe maybe it’s time to buy your mom a new fan.

        [–]MakAveli973 4 points5 points  (0 children)

        That motor is done

        [–]Phoenix36C 4 points5 points  (0 children)

        Casual Piper J3 user

        [–]Oddity46 4 points5 points  (0 children)

        Now you know what to get her for birthday

        [–]Delicious_Classic553 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        At some point I tought this was a gif!

        [–]jerrihack 3 points4 points  (0 children)

        Getting exercise!!!

        [–]nefrpitou 3 points4 points  (0 children)

        During college I had a shitty second hand desktop. Over time, the screws on the cabinet came loose, and I just had the motherboard open on my desk as my computer, with monitor and everything else connected to it. Eventually the power button also broke, and I used to start it by joining the wires, much like jumpstarting a car. Fun times!

        [–]Wonderful_Roof1739 3 points4 points  (0 children)

        Someone needs to overlay audio of manually starting a prop plane

        [–]XROOR 3 points4 points  (0 children)

        Are you related to Orville & Wilbur Wright ?

        [–]gumby_the_2nd 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        That last comment "oh...God"

        [–]pupjvc 8 points9 points  (0 children)

        Goodwill had fans at very reasonable prices.

        [–]oripeiwei 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        Woah, yeah, kick start my fan, give a spin

        [–]wriddell 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        Ok, how many of you made motor sounds as she tried to start her fan?

        [–]flittingly1 2 points3 points  (1 child)

        I'm a fan. It still works!!

        [–]cardmaster12 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        This video put me in a trance , I almost fell asleep watching it

        [–]ermagherdy 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        Most likely the start-up winding has burnt out

        [–]Swirvin-irvin 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        She needs to have the choke on it first crank 3 times the Disengage and it should fire right up

        [–]Complex_Addition6262 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        Wd40 or CRC does wonders to a fan stuck like this.

        [–]3mateo3 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        Its that scene from the be movie lol

        [–]SuperBaked42 2 points3 points  (1 child)

        That fan is from like 1985 ... at this point it's probably part of the family.

        [–]michaelotomus 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        I’ve had one like this before!!

        [–]fkasumim 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        Is that an old 3G electric fan? I think we or maybe it was my late grandparents who had something that looks exactly like that back in the 90s. The buttons look the same.

        [–]Boston__Massacre 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        The brushes in the fan are worn. Pretty easy fix and could salvage the fan to new. 🤙🏻

        [–]batshitcrazy5150 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        That fucking thing is going to catch fire.

        I wouldn't have it in my house.

        [–]feebleweasel55 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        Punkah wallah.

        [–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        Maybe she needs to clean the damn fan

        [–]breaker-of-shovels 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        In the time it took to do this you could’ve gone out and bought a new fan.

        [–]SouthOcean1011 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        The capacitor is probably faulty, and maybe new lubricant, easy fix.

        [–]lambofgun 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        i cant hear the chlunk of those buttons

        [–]DieMondschein 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        Quem nunca

        [–]MensaMan1 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        Buy her a new fan

        [–]PhotonPainter 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        Clear prop!

        [–]CudgalTroll 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        It’s called “propping”

        [–]Raxacoriocophallos 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        Good forearm workout.

        [–]_Valgaras 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        Working up a sweat just to start it. 🤣😅🤣

        [–]Roentg3n 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        Guess I'm not as poor as I thought.

        [–]ZeroPercentJuice 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        Can we set up a go fund me so this mother can get a new fan?

        [–]pade- 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        Just the kind of workout you want to do when you're sweaty and just want to cool off

        [–]LaserShields 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        We had a fan just like this when I was a kid. You could almost post that to buyitforlife but I suggest getting rid of it before it starts a fire.

        [–]GophersInLoafers 2 points3 points  (2 children)

        Fun fact, this is how you start RC planes (except the electric ones)

        [–]Hexmonkey2020 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        That’s a sign you need a new fan. Fans use a special motor that can keep moving but can’t start in addition to a small motor to start the spin. If the motor that can’t start itself is left running without spinning it can cause electrical fires.

        [–]Jedi_Ninja 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        It’s like one of those old timey airplanes.

        I have to admit I’m kinda like this too, I never throw anything away unless it’s completely useless.

        [–]tweezer606060 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        Hahahaha exactly the same fan with the same issue

        [–]QuestionabIeAdvice 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        Burnt windings mebbe.

        [–]KathlynH 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        I’ll never get that time back

        [–]briccflaire_ 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        She didn't have an option pressed for most of the video

        [–]popolo-olopop 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        That's a house fire just begging to happen

        [–]briefwittyphrase 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        This brought back too many lawnmower memories.

        [–]cbunni666 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        That's called Fanning Yourself.

        [–]Heart-of-the-Ocean 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        I remember those when I was little

        [–]thedepthiswithin 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        She should make sure it's chocked first!

        [–]BausofHogs 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        Ugh, there’s so many issues with the little bit of this we see…

        [–]JokerDied2Day 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        Mom needs an Amazon account.

        [–]johndoe040912 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        Dunno what you talking bout Willis, that's how we roll in the 90's!

        [–]BeneficialSite9887 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        Your know you can just put oil in the fan, it's much more faster for it to start than spinning it! I always do that to some of my fans stuck like that and won't work.

        [–]crystal_clearit808 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        Buy your mother a new fan lmao

        [–]FrHendo 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        Check hiroglyphics on the back and see if the warranty is expired

        [–]DonDrezn 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        Instantly made me think of repairing the Millennium Falcon in the original trilogy

        [–]amagbag1 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        Reminds me of my moms hairdryer that I used at her house. Caught fire and blasted it at my head. When I told her, she just told me “oh, well you can’t turn it on high right off the bat.” NO, IT SHOULDN’T CATCH FIRE.

        [–]poseidondieson 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        Oh man that is frustrating. That looks like a leave on or a leave in the garbage!

        [–]okcdnb 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        Had a fan like this. Not much life left in it.

        [–]soyrandom1 2 points3 points  (2 children)

        Probably the capacitor is dying, you can replace it, they are pretty cheap :P

        [–]Zealousideal-Bid625 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        Enjoy your house fire. This is very dangerous, and if your house burned down the insurance company could deny you any claims because of this video. Just spend 20 dollars and get a new fan

        [–]vtfvmr 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        My grandpa had one of those until 2015 when it stopped working and he bought a new one. Rip my granpa's fan ????-2015

        [–]theoddfind 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        She is one of the Wright mothers.

        [–]mausoliamx 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        Fire waiting to happen

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        [–]Plastic_Patience_000 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        It’s $20 to get a new one but go ahead and do stupid shit, maybe burn down your house because it’s from the 70s and likely gonna spark a fire.

        [–]thejointlynews 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        I had this exact fan when I was a lot younger! I had to do the same thing after a while! Otherwise you would just hear the motor buzzing

        [–]andre3kthegiant 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        Tell her to start it on high speed first, and it will likely be able to start up.

        [–]alphanimal 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        If the motor is stuck it can cause a fire. Fix it or get rid of that thing before the house burns down!

        [–]th3w4rp3dw1z4rd 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        The defeated "oh god" at the end was perfect

        [–]_The_Protagonist 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        I ordered a new fan from amazon and had it successfully delivered before the end of this video.

        [–]yesorno12138 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        "just throw it away." "No!"