How to Fix a Stand Fan

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Updated July 21, 2022

If you are new to personal cooling appliances, you may wonder how to fix a stand fan. Some of the best fans, after all, are standing designs, and these appliances are susceptible to all kinds of repair and maintenance issues. So how do you troubleshoot problems with stand fans and conduct minor repairs? Keep reading to find out.


  • Standing fans, or pedestal fans, are susceptible to all manner of repair issues, so clean and maintain your table fan regularly.
  • As a primary troubleshooting step, ensure the pedestal fan is plugged in and that the fan is receiving power from the circuit breaker and thermal fuse.
  • You should also check the entire length of the power cord for any obvious tears or interruptions, as this will stop power from going to the fan motor and motor housing.

How to Fix a Standing Fan

Every standing fan is different, which you’ll know when learning how to assemble a standing fan. In other words, unique designs run into unique repair issues, which is also true with ceiling fans if you are learning how to fix a squeaky fan. In other words, there is no universal method here, as it depends on the issue and the design and size of the fan if you just learned how to measure a fan size.

Insider Tip

If your fan also includes an integrated air filter, be sure to clean or replace this filter every one to two months.

Here are some helpful troubleshooting tasks to perform to help get your stand fan going again. Of note, some of these tips are also applicable to other fans if you want to learn how to fix a noisy ceiling fan.

Make Sure the Outlet is Working

If your fan won’t power on, your absolute first step is to ensure that the fan is plugged into an active power outlet. Your next step is to check on the outlet itself, as most electrical outlets are prone to issues at the circuit box. Head to your box and flip the fuse pertaining to your fan off and on. This will fix the problem if the issue is electrical in nature and has nothing to do with the fan itself. In some cases, you’ll have to replace the fuse at the fusebox.

Clean the Fan

Fan blades and assorted components are magnets for dust, grease, and other types of debris. Give every part of your fan a thorough cleaning before powering it on again. You’d be surprised how often a good cleaning fixes any lingering repair issues. As a general rule of thumb, clean your fan every one to two months to decrease the chances of maintenance-related issues.

Check the Cord

Power cables are finicky and will stop working when damaged. Check the entire length of the cord for any obvious tears, especially if you have pets that like to chew on things. If the cord is the culprit, you’ll have to order an official replacement from the manufacturer.

STAT: The punkah fan was used in India about 500 BCE. It was a handheld fan made from bamboo strips or other plant fiber, that could be rotated or fanned to move air. (source)

How to Fix a Stand Fan FAQs

What might you need to fix with a fan?

Floor fans experience all kinds of issues, from the thermal fuse expiring to the motor housing becoming compromised. Once you troubleshoot, you'll figure out what is going on with the floor fan.

What do you do if your floor fan stops working?

Head to the breaker panel to ensure it is receiving power and perform the aforementioned troubleshooting steps. If all else fails, call in a pro.

How do you repair an electric fan?

Follow the above steps, look for any loose wire within the wire gauges, and apply some lubricant to the fan motor and blade assembly.
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