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    is it safe to clean an unplugged electric fan with a garden hose?

    is it safe to plug the fan in after it dries out? will the fan be damaged?

    +2  Views: 2757 Answers: 10 Posted: 12 years ago

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    If it has plenty of time to dry out it should be ok, it should be where warm air is blowing on it for several hours, But be careful when you plug it in.........

    Only if you have a death wish.At the very least it will blow your fuse.Scrap it.Fans are cheap.

    NO.


    NO ELECTRICAL DEVICE SHOULD EVER BE CLEANED WITH WATER.


    IF IT FELL IN WATER AND DRIED OUT ITS STILL NOT SAFE TO USE.


    THROW IT OUT.

    IF you don't get water in the motor........

    Remove the blades and hose them down.  That'd be ok.  Don't point the hose directly at the fan.  You're going to get electrocuted for sure.


     

    i just take mine part and clean it out really good. i dont think its a good idea to get it wet.

    I routinely clean electrical appliances and my Television (with the back off) with warm soapy water and a paint brush. The appliances are un-pluged at the time and then I let them dry out  for a day before I turn them on again. Computers can be dusted but don’t use water because hard drives  and other parts have to breath air in through air filters that may not dry out properly. I have been hosing TVs for years without a problem but liquid crystal display TVs are sensitive to moisture internally . Fans and motors I usually clean with alcohol because it evaporates quickly. Distilled water, rain water is preferred for cleaning electrical appliances because it is practically non-conductive electrically. If you have a water-softener system then your water is dangerously conductive electrically and may leave a residue when dried that may destroy appliances on a humid day.  

    If you completely dried it, it would be safe, but the water would probably remove lubrication from the motor bearings and could possibly cause rust (especially in the motor). Its not a good idea.

    I haven't cleaned  a fan with water  but  I have had  water to gen into electric motors   , I made sure  they were  died out  thoroghly  and  oiled the bearings    and they worked fine.    so   Its a judgement  call on  you  .

    NO



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