My KDK ceiling fan is acting up....

Singapore
July 7, 2008 9:19pm CST
So I installed a new ceiling fan in the master bed room about two years ago when I was renovating my home before moving in. My trusty ceiling fan has been the source of much comfort and joy. It has kept my room cool enough such that my air-conditioning unit has been sorely underused, even in humid singapore. However, for the past 2 months or so, I realised that level 2 of the fan function has stopped working. So when I switch levels from 1 to 2, it still spins at the speed of level 1. and when i change it to level 3, a blustery gale sets up and it is much faster and cooler but sometimes rather drying, especially if you consider that the fan is switched on for the entire night. I wondered if it had something to do with my hubby shifting the fan blades when he cleaned them. We tried adjusting it again recently but the problem remains. I think the warranty has expired (these electronic goods usually only have 1 year warranty). Have you experienced similar situations? Would you bear with it as much as you can or get it repaired by a professional?
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@applefreak (3131)
• Singapore
8 Jul 08
oh dear that's not too good. i've got a ceiling fan in my room too. it's really cooling like you said. i've only switched on the air-con for two days out of ten months i've shifted in. and these two days are more for ensuring the air-con will still work. ;p why not call KDK up and ask about the warranty? i know some of the ceiling fans come with life-time warranty for the motor. at least you'll know for sure one way or the other. ;]
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• Singapore
8 Jul 08
wow you've used it less than me! I also run it periodically to make sure it doesn't spoil. now i feel signing up for a service contract is a waste of money. yup, will probably call kdk at some point.
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@ahgong (10066)
• Singapore
10 Jul 08
Tell me about it. I too rarely on the air con. The last time I on it was when I had my ROM in my home. On it to entertain my guest. Have not on it since! Yet my bill still goes up up and up!
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• Singapore
10 Jul 08
sigh, tell me about it. the only time my bill shrank is when the rebates came in. with the price of fuel now, the only way is up. i can't imagine if fuel really go up to USD200 a barrel. how are we going to afford switching on the lights? or maybe what we make on mylot can't even pay for the electricity used by our computers. ;o
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@kun2349 (23475)
• Singapore
9 Jul 08
Ceiling fan should not spoil that easily.. BUt i think getting someone to check it will be more costly than buying and installing a new one, so i will recommend u to get a new one instead ^_^
• Singapore
10 Jul 08
but I've only had mine for 1.5 yrs!
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@kun2349 (23475)
• Singapore
10 Jul 08
Then i can only say that it's just your luck..
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@ahgong (10066)
• Singapore
8 Jul 08
I thought I was the only one facing the same problem. My fanco is also experiencing a slow-down in speeds as well. Usually on speed 1, it is more than sufficient for me to sleep through the night under the comfort of a blanket. Recently, even on speed 3, I am still feeling a little hot and wake in the middle of the night due to the heat. Well, for now, the thought of spending good money to get a new fan is not very nice. SO will bear with it for now! Unless the fan totally rosak, I will live with it as it is still ventilating the room at night.
• Singapore
8 Jul 08
wow really? even other brands? my speed 3 is too fast, speed 1 and 2 too weak. i feel like goldilocks.
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@ahgong (10066)
• Singapore
9 Jul 08
Goldilocks indeed. This time it is not bear and porridge. It is man and fan!
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@jillhill (37384)
• United States
9 Jul 08
THat depends on how much it cost...I probably would just replace it with a new one. Many times those are not worth fixing for once something happens it does it over and over again. So for me...I'd wait it out for a while then replace it with a new one!
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• Singapore
10 Jul 08
It costs around USD 130. I think it's too new to replace though - have used mine for only 1.5 yrs!
@whyaskq (7532)
• Singapore
8 Jul 08
I would think it could be the "motor" issue. If 2 is out, then perhaps 3 is the option if 1 is too weak :P Personally, I will try to find out what's wrong first before deciding to have it repaired or leave it as it is. I would go to the shop, ask innocent questions and hear what the salesman say.
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• Singapore
10 Jul 08
good idea... if i can find the time to go to a fan shop...
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• Singapore
26 Jul 08
The problem is actually with the capacitor, the contractors call it the 'condenser'. We were told that our fans have life-time warranty for motors when we bought them but later the agent charged us service charges and we ended up paying $35 and #40 to two different servicemen from two different companies for our fans of two different brands. We had to pay again when the same problem occured some months down the road. Later, we learned that we could buy the capactitors from Sim Lim Tower and we bought them at about $4 for one. Our fans are running very well like before at a much lower price. Well, we realised that we have to be careful when changing the capacitors even after we turned down the mains because there might be residue current left in the capacitors. You've to discharge it first. Secondly, try to match the capacitor values closely, 1.8. 2, 2.5 etc. micro-farad lest you burn the motor of the fan, a dear lesson my husband learned. You can get all these capacitors at Sim Lim, except that you've to be early because they are closed by 5pm.
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