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 Posted: Tue Jul 28th, 2020 05:03 pm
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Shannon Morris
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Hello, I can’t believe the amount of information on this site! 
I have a fan that i have been using for about 5 years. The other day it wouldn’t turn on. Normally I would start taking it apart and tinker with it, but I thought I might learn more about it before I do that. 
 I am a complete novice, and don’t want to mess it up. 
I don’t even know where to start identifying its age. 

Hi


I appreciate any and all help. 
Thanks
Shannon

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 Posted: Tue Jul 28th, 2020 05:25 pm
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Have you oiled it since you have been using it?    There should be some type of oil port in the front and possibly rear on the top.

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 Posted: Tue Jul 28th, 2020 05:41 pm
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If it was running & then it doesn't, more than likely the capacitor in the base has failed.

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 Posted: Tue Jul 28th, 2020 07:42 pm
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What kind of oil would I use. 

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 Posted: Tue Jul 28th, 2020 07:44 pm
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3 in 1 oil in the BLUE can.   or another oil called Zoom Spout,  it has a long flexible tube which is helpful.  

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Stan Adams wrote: If it was running & then it doesn't, more than likely the capacitor in the base has failed.
I agree with Stan. It’s likely the cap is bad. 

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Your fan is 1930s vintage as it is a Hunter Century because around the early 1930s Hunter bought out Century Fan Company of St. Louis, MO, and so they then used the "Century" name on their larger higher end fans, after around 1946 or so they became Hunter Zephairs because Hunter was then bought out by Robbins & Myers Fan Company and Hunter was relocated from Fulton, New York to Memphis Tennesee. Which brings me to the 2nd identifier of the age of your fan, the fact that it says Fulton, New York for Hunter's location, rather than Memphis like the later fans did, also indicates an early Hunter fan.
The fact that its a Pedestal makes it all that more unusual as I have not seen too many Hunter Century Pedestals (although I have yet to see a Hunter Century fan of any sort in person myself mostly just Zephairs)

It looks to be a 12" or a 16", I'm not familiar with how Hunter did their Pedestal fans but I know that on Emersons they put the switch and capacitor in the base on those, and I'm guessing Hunter might of been the same way, but not sure, if not it may be in the bullet on the rear of the fan motor housing its more than likely either a sardine can style capacitor (if its in the base like on an Emerson) or an oval shaped unit if its in the bullet cover of the rear of the motor housing.

Hope this helps!  

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 Posted: Wed Jul 29th, 2020 11:24 pm
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Wow! That helps a lot. I am adding some more pics for you. Maybe you can tell me where this capacitor is. 


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 Posted: Wed Jul 29th, 2020 11:48 pm
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It looks like on your fan it will be in the back of the motor housing in the bullet area, seeing as your fan's switch is in the neck rather than in the base. 

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Levi Mevis wrote: It looks like on your fan it will be in the back of the motor housing in the bullet area, seeing as your fan's switch is in the neck rather than in the base. 
No, they never put them in the motor bullet. 

It's under the base. It's a 12" fan, right?

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Andrew Block wrote: Levi Mevis wrote: It looks like on your fan it will be in the back of the motor housing in the bullet area, seeing as your fan's switch is in the neck rather than in the base. 
No, they never put them in the motor bullet. 

It's under the base. It's a 12" fan, right?

I said it might of been in the too, but when I saw the base of her fan it didn't look like it would of had a cap in the base.

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Beware. If there is an oily substance around the capacitor, it is PCB oil assuming it's the original cap. Wear gloves when handling it either way.

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This is the back of the fan, and a shot of the wiring that looks quite bad. still can't figure out where i would put oil. and what I should open up to find the Cap. 




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