Vornado Fan Stopped Working? Troubleshooting, Resetting & Repair

Last Updated on: 31st October 2023, 08:01 pm

I know how much y’all love your Vornado fans, but sometimes they can act up and stop working. Don’t worry, though. I got your back with this Vornado fan repair post!

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A Funny Troubleshooting Experience With My Vornado Fan Not Working

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Y’all ain’t gonna believe the hilarious troubleshooting experience I had with my Vornado fan. So, it was a hot summer day, and I was chillin’ in my living room, enjoying the cool breeze from my trusty Vornado fan. All of a sudden, the fan just stopped working. I was like, “What the heck is going on here?”

I tried everything I could to get the fan back up and running. I checked the fuse, cleaned the Vornado blades, and even tried smacking the side of the fan like the Fonz from Happy Days. But nothing seemed to work.

After about an hour of messing around with the fan, I took a break and grabbed a cold drink from the fridge. Walking back to the living room, I noticed the fan plugged into an outlet controlled by a light switch. And, wouldn’t you know it, the light switch was turned off!

I couldn’t help but laugh at myself for being such a knucklehead. I flipped the switch on, and, like magic, the fan started working again. I felt like such a dork, but at least I learned something new about my electrical system.

From that day on, I always checked the light switch before I started troubleshooting my Vornado fan. Lesson learned, my friends. Always check the basics before you start tearing apart your appliances.

How To Fix A Vornado Fan – Why Is My Vornado Fan Not Working?

Motor Quits Working Or Vornado Fan Won’t Turn On

First things first, you gotta check the power. It sounds like common sense, but sometimes we must remember to check the simple stuff. Ensure the fan is properly plugged in and the outlet you’re using has power. You can test the outlet with another appliance or use a voltage tester to ensure it works.

If the power ain’t the issue, then it’s time to check the thermal fuse. The thermal fuse is a safety device that protects the fan from overheating. If the Vornado fan fuse blows, then the fan will stop working. You can check the fuse by unplugging the fan and using a multimeter to test for continuity. If the fuse is blown, you must replace it with a new one.

To replace the thermal fuse, you’ll need to look at the plug on the fan that goes into the electrical outlet. You should see a fuse.

Once you’ve removed the old fuse, you can replace it with a new one. Make sure you get the right size and rating for your fan. You can usually find replacement fuses at your local hardware store or online. Once you’ve got the new fuse, you can solder the connections or use wire connectors to attach the wires.

After you’ve replaced the thermal fuse, put the fan back together and plug it in. If everything was done correctly, your Vornado fan should work again like a charm when the fan was not turned on.

Vornado Fan Beeps But Won’t Turn on

I have a simple solution that’ll have your fan back up and running quickly.

First, you must unplug that lousy boy and flip it upside down. That’s right, upside down. It might seem weird, but trust me, it works. Hold it there for 30 seconds, give or take a few, and then turn it upside down again.

Before you plug it back in, ensure you have no water or anything else dripping out of the fan. You don’t want to accidentally short-circuit the thing, do ya?

Once you’ve made sure everything’s dry, plug the fan back in and give it a whirl. If everything’s working correctly, then the beeping should have stopped. If it’s still beeping, you should try this trick a few more times or call in support.

But this simple upside-down trick will do the trick for you. And if you’re wondering why this works, it’s all about resetting the fan’s internal sensors. Flipping it upside down for 30 seconds resets the sensors and eliminates any error messages that might be causing the beeping.

Making Noise – Loud Squeaking, Humming, Clicking, Or Rattling

If you’re hearing squeaking, humming, clicking, loud bearings, or rattling from your fan, you’re in the right place.

One of the first things you should check is whether your fan is on an unlevel floor. If your floor isn’t level, your fan might be wobbling or vibrating, which can cause all sorts of noise. So, make sure your fan is on a flat and stable surface. If your floor is uneven, shim up your fan with some cardboard or something sturdy.

Another possible culprit is a faulty motor or other fan parts. Over time, your fan’s motor and other parts can wear down or get damaged, which can cause some serious noise. If this is the issue, you might need to replace the motor or other parts. It’s pretty straightforward, but you must ensure you get the right replacement parts and follow the instructions carefully.

Dust is another thing that can throw your fan off balance and cause some noisy vibrations. You can try cleaning off the blades and other parts with a damp cloth or using a vacuum to suck up the dirt. This can sometimes fix the issue and get your fan running smoothly again.

Loose screws can also cause your fan to rattle and make noise. If you hear some rattling or shaking, you should check to ensure all the screws are tight and secure. You should tighten them up with a screwdriver or wrench.

Finally, poor lubrication can cause your fan to make noise. If your fan’s parts aren’t properly lubricated, they can rub together and cause all sorts of racket. Add oil or lubricant to the fan’s motor and other parts to help them run smoothly.

Plastic Burning Smell

Nothing is worse than relaxing with a cool breeze only to be hit with that funky smell. But don’t worry, I have some tips to help you.

First, you have to unplug the fan and let it cool down. If there’s a burning smell, that means something isn’t right, and you don’t want to risk a fire. Once the fan has cooled down, you can see what might be causing the smell.

An overheating motor is a common cause of a plastic burning smell in a Vornado fan. This can happen if the motor is clogged with dust or debris or has been running for too long without a break. Remove the fan and clean the motor with a damp cloth or vacuum to fix this issue. Feel free to get in there and give it a good cleaning.

Another possible cause of the smell is a damaged power cord or plug. Check the cord for any signs of fraying or wear and tear. If you see any damage, you must replace the cord or the plug. You can usually find replacement parts online or at a hardware store.

If neither of those solutions works, it might be time to replace the motor. This is more complicated, but it can be done if you’re handy with tools. You’ll need to order a replacement motor compatible with your Vornado fan and follow the instructions to install it.

Once you’ve fixed the issue, test the fan to ensure it’s working correctly and there are no more funky smells. And remember, it’s always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to electrical appliances. Feel free to call in a pro if you’re uncomfortable doing the repairs yourself.

Keeps Shutting Off

I’m here to help you fix that pesky Vornado fan that keeps shutting off. Now, if you’ve tried everything from cleaning the blades to checking the fuse, then there’s a good chance that the fan is overheating and triggering a thermal safety feature or a bad fuse and is not working. But don’t worry. I have some tips to help you fix and keep it running smoothly.

You first need to unplug the fan and let it cool down for at least an hour. Overheating can cause damage to the motor, so it’s essential to give it time to cool off before you start messing with it.

Once the fan is cooled down, you can check the airflow. Ensure that nothing is blocking the fan, like a piece of furniture or a stray sock. You’d be surprised how often this happens, my friends!

Next, you should check the air inlets. A dirty or clogged air inlet can restrict airflow and cause the fan to overheat. You can clean the filter with soap and water or replace it if it’s too far gone.

If the fan keeps shutting off, it might be time to look closer at the thermal safety feature. This feature protects the motor from overheating and potentially causing a fire. The thermal safety feature automatically shut off the fan if the motor gets too hot.

To fix this issue, you can improve the ventilation around the fan. Ensure it’s not sitting in a confined space or surrounded by other appliances. Also, place the fan on a cooler surface, like a tile floor, instead of a carpeted one.

If all else fails, remove the fan and check the motor for damage or wear and tear. But I recommend leaving this to the professionals if you need to become more familiar with the inner workings of a fan.

How To Reset Vornado Fan

The process for resetting a Vornado fan may vary depending on the specific model you have. I would recommend looking at the manual for the Vornado fan model that you own.


Fixing a Vornado fan can be tricky, but you can keep it running smoothly with the right tips and tricks for your air circulator.

If you’re still having trouble, leaving the repairs to a professional is best. Remember, safety comes first! So, stay cool, my friends, and don’t let a malfunctioning fan and less air circulation ruin your day. And it could be that the fan has simply worn out and needs to be replaced.

These suggestions and little home hacks should work for tower fans, circulation fans, etc.