Last June the heat in my apartment was beginning to be too much to take so I decided to break down and pick-up a fan to try and aleviate my suffering. I did a little bit of research and ended up picking up a basic Lasko tower fan from Amazon. It worked well for a few months when it suddenly decided the actual fan function was no longer important and it stopped working.
I was still well within the warranty period, but I only paid $50 for the fan and I thought it would cost me at least half that to send it back to them for repairs so I decided to fix it myself. After all, how complicated can the thing really be?
Turns out the culprit was a fuse hidden inside the motor winding shown in the photo above. This was discovered after first checking out the controls and slowly figuring out where continuity started to get shaky. I replaced the fuse with a standard glass type and kept it outside of the motor housing so it can be accesed easily in the event of any future problems.
Hopefully this will help someone else out with a similar problem and save a perfectly good fan from the trash bin.