So, it’s been hot as hell in my apartment this year, and a month or two back, I bought a cheap ass 16" pedestal fan. Well, on the weekend, it crapped out. Basically, when I turn it on, it would hum without actually spinning the blades. If I gave the blades a helping start, the fan could kind of keep them going. But eventually it would stop spinning.
Since it only cost me $20, I figure no big deal. So I go to a better store, and pick up a better fan. Two year warranty, remote control, various other little cool features. It cost $50.
Well, I set it up yesterday, and when I woke up this morning, it had stopped spinning. Turn it off then on again? Won’t start spinning. And the motor housing was very hot.
Anyway, with the first one I thought maybe it was bad luck, but with a second one, I’m starting to wonder if there could be other factors. Anyone have any ideas? A fan probably shouldn’t die after a single day of use.
At work I reestablished my geek-cred by mounting a hdd-cooler with dual 40mm fans to blow air in my face instead (it’s the yearly heatwave not caused by global warming but rare enough to not warrant aircon in our building…)
If anyone knows, what’s the power/water usage like and is there any impact on water pressure? Is there any chance a single say 12k BTU outlet could cool the whole flat (ca 750 sq ft) or is it only going to work in the one room?
Are we talking about a swamp cooler here, or something that actually uses coolant other than water?
We had a swamp cooler in my grandmother’s living room window for years, in central Oklahoma. I loved sitting in front of that thing when I was a kid, it did a nice job for what it was capable of. It certainly doesn’t cool a large room, though.
I’m not talking about that, no. This type has a proper condenser (including, I believe, non-water refrigerant) and a wall/ceiling mounted fan like a split unit. It’s just that the heat removal is done via mains water rather than expelling hot air.