Identify the Problem
If your Lasko fan stopped working, don’t panic. There are many reasons why a fan may stop working, and luckily many solutions as well. The first step in fixing your Lasko fan is to identify the problem. Here are some common problems and their solutions:
1. The Fan Won’t Turn On
One of the most common problems with Lasko fans is that they won’t turn on. This can be caused by a few different things:
- Power Cord: Check that the power cord is securely plugged into an electrical outlet. If the power cord is loose, the fan won’t turn on.
- Power Outlet: Check that the electrical outlet is working properly. Plug in a different device to see if the outlet is receiving power. If it isn’t, check the circuit breaker or call an electrician for help.
- Fuse: If the power cord and outlet are working properly, the problem may be a blown fuse. Check the fuse in the fan’s plug or the fuse box. Replace the fuse if necessary.
- Motor: If the power cord, outlet, and fuse are all working properly, the problem may be a faulty motor. In this case, you may need to contact the manufacturer or a professional repair service to fix the fan.
If none of these solutions work, it may be time to buy a new fan.
2. The Fan is Making Noise
If your Lasko fan is making noise, it can be annoying and distracting. Here are some possible reasons and solutions:
- Dirt and Debris: If your fan blades are dirty or have debris on them, they can make noise when the fan is in use. Turn off the fan and clean the blades with a soft cloth.
- Loose Screws: Check for loose screws or other parts that may be vibrating against each other. Tighten screws and parts as needed.
- Worn Motor: Over time, the fan’s motor may become worn or damaged, leading to noise. In this case, you may need to contact the manufacturer or a professional repair service to replace the motor.
If your fan is still making noise after trying these solutions, it may be time to consider buying a new fan.
3. The Fan Isn’t Oscillating
If your Lasko fan isn’t oscillating, it may be due to a few different reasons:
- Stuck Button: Sometimes the oscillation button can become stuck, preventing the fan from moving. Try pressing the button a few times to see if it becomes unstuck.
- Power Failure: If the fan loses power while it is oscillating, it may stop in a fixed position. Try unplugging the fan and plugging it back in again.
- Debris in Oscillation Mechanism: Debris or dust may accumulate in the oscillation mechanism, preventing it from moving. Turn off the fan and remove any visible debris.
- Worn Oscillation Mechanism: If the fan is an older model, the oscillation mechanism may become worn and stop working altogether. In this case, you may need to contact the manufacturer or a professional repair service to fix the fan.
If none of these solutions work, it may be time to buy a new fan.
By identifying the problem with your Lasko fan, you can save time and money by fixing it yourself or knowing when it’s time to buy a new one. Always refer to your fan’s manual for specific instructions on how to troubleshoot and repair your fan.
Clean the Fan Blades
One of the most important things to keep in mind when it comes to keeping your Lasko fan in good condition is to regularly clean the fan blades. This is because as the blades rotate, they collect dust, dirt, and other debris that can accumulate over time, clogging up the fan and reducing its efficiency. In addition, keeping the fan blades clean ensures that the airflow is evenly distributed and that any unpleasant odors that the fan may produce are eliminated.
To clean the fan blades, you will first need to unplug the fan from the outlet and then find a clean, dry cloth or rag. You may also want to grab a can of compressed air and a small brush to help remove any stubborn debris that may be stuck to the fan blades. Once you have your supplies, you can start cleaning the fan blades.
You can start by wiping down the blades with a dry cloth or rag. This will remove any loose dust or debris that may be on the blades. If there is any caked-on grime or dirt, you may need to use a slightly damp cloth or a mild cleaning solution to break it down. Just make sure that you do not get any water or liquid on the motor or other electronic components of the fan.
Next, you can use the can of compressed air to blow out any debris that may be stuck on the fan blades. This is particularly useful for hard-to-reach areas or areas with stubborn debris. Simply aim the can of compressed air at the targeted area and give it a quick blast. This will loosen any debris that may be on the fan blades, allowing you to easily wipe it away with a cloth or brush.
If you are dealing with particularly tough grime or debris, you may want to use a small brush to scrub the fan blades. You can use a toothbrush or another small brush to gently scrub away any dirt or grime that may be on the fan blades. Just make sure that you do not use anything too abrasive, as this could scratch or damage the blades, reducing their efficiency.
Once you have finished cleaning the fan blades, you can plug the fan back in and turn it on to make sure that everything is working properly. You should notice that the fan is running more smoothly and quietly than before, and that the airflow is much more even and consistent. With regular cleaning and maintenance, you can keep your Lasko fan running smoothly and efficiently for years to come.
Tighten Loose Screws
If you’ve had your Lasko fan for a while, screws may loosen up over time due to repeated usage. You may have also experienced a dryer sounding like it’s been thrown off course because a screw became loose. This is because when you use your Lasko fan, there are a lot of vibrations happening, which can quickly loosen the screws over-time. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to tighten any loose screws in your Lasko fan so that it can work efficiently again.
Step 1: Gather your tools
The first thing you should do is find your screwdriver set. You should ideally have a flat-head and a Phillips-head screwdriver, as these are the most commonly used types of screws on a Lasko fan. Having them both handy will make your job more comfortable. Additionally, you’ll want a small cup or a bowl to hold the loose screws while you work.
Step 2: Locate the screws on your Lasko fan
Once you have your tools ready, you need to locate the screws on your fan. Look at your fan closely, and you’ll find screws holding the front and the back of the fan together. You will also find a screw holding the blade in place. In some models like box fan models, you may find screws holding the grill together. Check each in turn to see where the loose screws are since not every screw will necessarily need to be tightened.
Step 3: Tightening the loose screws
Now that you know where the screws are, you can begin to tighten them. Keep the screws that you’re not working for the time being in your cup or bowl, so they don’t get in the way while you work. You can use either the flat-head or the Phillips-head screwdriver, depending on the type of screw. If a screw doesn’t tighten easily, don’t try to force it. That screw may be stripped, and you may need to look for a replacement screw; you can call Lasko at 1-800-233-0268 to get those missing pieces.
Make sure to tighten all screws until they are snug, but don’t over-tighten them too much; otherwise, you could strip or damage them. It is essential to gently screw in the screws until resistance is felt. From there, you can make a 1/2 to 3/4 turn to keep them firm and secure.
Step 4: Clean up
Once you’ve tightened all the loose screws on your Lasko fan, you can now reassemble the fan and give it a test run. You’ll notice that the sound coming from your fan is not dryer-sounding. Congratulations, you have just fixed your Lasko fan with ease. Now, make sure you put any screws or tools away, so you’re prepared if something goes wrong, and you need to do this again.
It’s essential to be cautious while working around any electronic devices. Moreover, before you start working on your Lasko fan, make sure it’s unplugged from the socket. These steps are not only for your safety but also to ensure that no electrical mishaps occur during the repair process. If you follow this guide, you’ll be able to fix your Lasko fan with ease.
Lubricate the Motor Bearings
If your Lasko fan’s motor bearings are not lubricated, it can lead to a noisy or malfunctioning machine. To prevent this, you must ensure that the motor bearings are lubricated regularly. Lubricating the motor bearings of your fan is easy and should not take more than a few minutes.
To begin, you will need to have the following:
- Clean rags or cloth
- Silicone-based lubricant
Once you have gathered your materials, follow the steps below to lubricate the motor bearings of your fan:
- Disconnect your fan: Before you begin working on your fan, you should unplug it completely from the power socket to prevent any accidents from occurring.
- Remove the covering: Depending on the type of Lasko fan you own, the covering may be located on the front or back of the fan. Typically, you will need to remove a few screws to access the motor. Carefully remove the covering while making note of the screws’ location should you need to reattach later.
- Clean the motor bearing: Use a clean rag or cloth to clean the motor bearing thoroughly. You must remove any dirt, dust, or debris that may have accumulated in or around the motor. This step is vital, as it will help to ensure that the lubricant can penetrate the motor’s bearing surface fully.
- Lubricate the motor bearings: With a lint-free cloth or rag, apply a small amount of silicone-based lubricant to the motor’s bearings’ surface. Be careful not to over-apply the lubricant, as it might end up causing more damage to the bearings. Apply a small amount and ensure the lubricant is spread evenly on the bearing surface. When done, place the covering back and screw it in place.
After lubricating the motor bearings, you can check whether it is working correctly by plugging it in and turning it on. If the noise or malfunctioning continues, then there might be other issues that require the assistance of a professional.
In conclusion, as stated earlier, ensuring that your Lasko fan’s motor bearings are lubricated regularly is vital to keep it running smoothly. It is a simple process that doesn’t take much time or effort, but it can save you a lot of stress and expenses in the long run. The steps listed above should guide you appropriately on how to lubricate your Lasko fan’s motor bearings. Follow them correctly, and your fan will be back to functioning appropriately.
Check the Power Cord and Fuse
If your Lasko fan is not turning on, the first thing that you need to do is to check the power cord and fuse. Here’s how:
First, locate the power cord at the back of the fan. Gently trace the cord with your hand, keeping an eye out for any signs of damage. If you find any frayed or worn-out spots on the cord, you may need to replace it. Damaged cords can cause electrical shorts, which may result in the fan not turning on.
If your fan has a fused plug, you also need to check the fuse. Unplug the fan and inspect the fuse, paying particular attention to the wire that connects the two metal prongs. If it’s broken or damaged, you may need to replace the fuse.
If you have confirmed that the cord and fuse are fine, another possible reason why your Lasko fan is not turning on is that the power outlet is not working. In this case, plug the fan into another electrical outlet. If it works, then the outlet needs to be checked or repaired.
It’s important to remember that Lasko fans have a fuse and multiple safety features to prevent electrical hazards. Make sure to use a grounded outlet to minimize the risk of electrical hazards. Always be careful when handling electrical equipment and follow all safety guidelines.
If there are still issues with the fan not turning on, proceed to the next subsection.