Save $20 & Get Your Fan Repaired

The majority of us like to save money, right? Even one of the richest men in the world, Mark Zuckerberg, is allegedly a cheap tipper.  According to Celebitchty.com, the Facebook co-founder contested a $5 charge for soda at the Ritz-Carlton in Maui. The five bucks was deducted from his bill. Finally, let’s forget about Facebook for a minute and get to the topic on hand: “Save $20 & Get Your Fan Repaired.”

Handyman Checks out the Fan

We have five standing fans in our home. Four Hanabishi models. One Astron brand. All of the Hanabishi fans are at least four years old. We have two White Falcons, Windmill, and The Wind models from Hanabishi. We also have three Firefly brand rechargeable fans on hand due to the frequent power outages we have in Guimaras.

All of our Hanabishi fans have been working great. While we use them extensively, the two White Falcons haven’t been working too well recently. The blades on both fans were turning very slowly.

Our handyman brother-in-law, Joery, took a look at one of the fans recently. He believed the fan’s capacitor was defective. A quick online search later revealed that our brother-in-law was probably right. The majority of replies to a Google search “fan blades turning slowly” mentioned a defective capacitor as the culprit.

Joery visits the Sandman

Joery relaxing at Raymen Beach

Joery recommended a local fix-it shop in Guimaras where we could get the fan repaired. Here’s where the save $20 and get your fan repaired comes in.

Good Results with Hanabishi

In fairness to Hanabishi, some of the fans could have been even older than four years old. I can’t recall how many new standing fans we purchased when we moved into our new home in the Philippines just a little over four years ago.

However, four years of operating without any problems is pretty good. I use two of the fans all the time. In the headquarters of “PhilippinesPlus” and our master bedroom. Hanabishi is a proven leader of quality appliances in the Philippines since 1986.

Excellent Carrier Air-Con Units

We also have two Carrier air-conditioner units. One is over nine years old and still works great. The other one, the newer unit in our bedroom, is four years old, also. This unit also cools down our room as well as it did when we first purchased it.

None of the air-con units are inverter models. Two expats on our island province of Guimaras had inverter air-conditioner units and they both no longer work.

The more expensive inverter units probably succumbed to the frequent power surges we have in Guimaras. Because Bob over at myphilippinelife.com documented the extreme problems he had with his inverter unit, I decided we go with another Carrier unit when we moved into our new home.

“Energy efficient but prone to costly repairs,” warns Bob.

I’m glad I heeded Bob’s advice.

Save $20 & Get Your Fan Repaired

Photo credit: myhanabishi.com

We dropped off our fan to the repair shop recommended by Joery. I stayed inside our Ford Ranger XLT as my wife brought the fan inside. Unfortunately, the capacitor wasn’t the problem.

The fan needed some work done to the motor which would take about a week. The repair would cost 500 Philippine pesos. 10 bucks. Still cheaper than a new fan which could run from 1500 to 2000 pesos. Or 30 to 40 US dollars. Hence, we would save at least $20.

The fan has since been repaired and works just fine again. However, when the fan was in for repairs, our other Hanabishi White Falcon started having problems. Again, the blades were turning very slowly.

I checked online for some tips on how to replace the fan’s capacitor. We were going to Iloilo City to do some shopping, consequently we decided to buy a new capacitor when we were in the big city.

25 Peso Capacitor

We stopped at Narita Electrical and Auto Parts near the corner of Quezon and Delgado Streets in Iloilo City. I waited outside as my wife ventured inside to purchase the capacitor.

My spouse took the old capacitor I had managed to remove from the defective fan. She came out with a new fan capacitor which only cost 25 pesos, 50¢.

However, there’s no way I’m going to try and install the new capacitor myself. I’m not handy at all. It’s best to have our brother-in-law Joery handle the repair. I’m not too proud to admit my limitations and electrical repairs, no matter how small, are certainly out of my wheelhouse.

(Fan graphic courtesy of Pixabay)

Author: The Kano

POST AUTHOR: "THE KANO." Dave DeWall, "The Kano", is the Publisher & Editor-in-Chief of "Philippines Plus" in publication since August 2009. He is also the CEO of Lizard Poop Productions and author of the best-selling guide book "The Philippines Expat Advisor." Dave moved to the Philippines in July 2009 from Central Illinois with his lovely wife of over 19 years, "The Sainted Patient Wife." The couple reside in a rural province in Western Visayas, Guimaras. The small island province is said to have the sweetest mangoes in the world. They do not have any children but are the proud owners of eight active canines, including a Belgian Shepherd called "Killer" "Killer" has bitten five people in the last two years along with one goat and a carabao. "Killer" doesn't like strangers. Or goats. Or carabaos.