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Hunter Classic Original Ceiling Fan Model 23855

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Breeze Rating: 5.5 (5 is best)
Wind Speed Factor: 4.02 MPH

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Graph represents 52" blade span
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Shown in picture: (This fan is discontinued) Hunter Classic Original Ceiling Fan Model 23855 in Black. Reversible Walnut/Oak finished blades are included as shown. Comes with 3 Speed Pull Chain

The Hunter Original series of fans has the most powerful and durable ceiling fan motor on the market and is the only fan with this much power that is EnergyStar qualified. The Classic Original is a fan that has changed little in decades and is truly the most classic traditional style ceiling fan available. Featuring the most durable rugged cast-iron construction, the Original series of ceiling fans from Hunter are still the only fans on the market that can actually be oiled. There are original models that are over 50 years old which are still functioning like new in peoples homes across the country. Although the Classic Original fans come with 5 blades, you can install 4 or 5 depending on your taste. Installing 4 blades would be in keeping with the classic style of the older original fans.

Finishes & Similar Models

Other Finishes for this Ceiling Fan

2015 Cast Iron Original (with Standard Pull Chain - 120 Volts)

Other Closely Related Ceiling Fans:

Damp Rated Outdoor Original Individual Elements (with Standard Pull Chain - 120 Volts)

12.53" Wide
(Building codes require blades to be at least 7' from the floor)
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at High Speed

Cubic Feet
Per Minute
(excludes lights)
Airflow Efficiency
Cubic Feet Per
Minute Per Watt

Compare: 49" to 60" ceiling fans have airflow efficiencies
ranging from approximately 51 to 176 cubic feet per
minute per watt at high speed.

Money-Saving Tip: turn off fan when leaving room
Included Control
Pull Chain Control

Included Control (HU-3S): 3 Speed Pull Chain

Installation Info
Hunter Classic Original Owners Manual DownloadHunter Classic Original Owners Manual (PDF download)

Low, High or Vaulted Ceiling Installation Options

This ceiling fan can be installed on ceilings that are 8 or 9 feet high and can be angled up to 30 degrees without the need for any additional mounting hardware, so what is in the box will be sufficient. If you have a high ceiling or vaulted ceiling that is angled more than 30 degrees (or both), you may need a downrod or angled ceiling adapter in order to install your fan.

Minimum Ceiling Height Requirement: This fan requires a minimum ceiling height of at least 95.83" in order to meet building codes. If your ceiling is lower than 95.83" then you may need to add a flushmount adapter or close to ceiling dowrod if one is available for the fan (see below). If you cannot find what you need to make this fan work in your room, please give us a call so we can check to see if there are any further alternatives.

Note: This fan includes 3" downrods(s)

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Angled Ceilings: We do not currently have any specific information regarding an angled ceiling adapter for this fan. If you have an angled ceiling, please call for details.

Indoor and Outdoor Limitations

Indoor Application

UL Listed for Indoor use only

The Hunter Classic Original is UL Listed for Indoor use only, so it is not designed to be exposed to moisture or harsh elements. Do not install this fan outside your house. It is also not recommended for bathrooms that have a shower or tub or laundry rooms, both of which produce excessive amounts of moisture.

Features & Specifications

Performance Data

Speed RPMs CFMs Amps Watts EPA Efficiency
High 197
Med 116
Low 74 3595 - - NA

"-" means that the data was not available at the time this information was published or the manufacturer simply does not test for the data that is missing.

Item Identification

Model Name Hunter Classic Original
Model Code239
MPN 23855
SKU 23855
UPC 049694238559

Features & Specifications

Motor Size 210mm x 20mm Motor
Quality Rating 5 out of 5 (5 is best)
Blade Pitch 15 degree blade pitch
Blade Span 52" blade span
Blade Qty 5 blades
Blades ColorReversible Walnut/Oak finished blades (included)
RPMs 74 to 197 RPM
Speeds 3 Speeds
Reverse Function Yes
Indoor RatingUL Listed for use indoors
Outdoor Rating Cannot be used outdoors
Includes Uplight No
Inludes Downlight No
Can Lights be Added? Yes
Accepts Universal Light Kits Yes
VoltageUses 120 Volt electricity
ENERGY STAR Qualified ENERGY STAR Qualified Fan
Style Group Traditional
Approx. Weight 45 lb.
Warranty Lifetime Limited Motor Warranty
Included Downrod(s) 3"
Flushmount Capability Cannot be flush mounted
Leadwire Length Not Published
Editors Review

How does the Hunter Classic Original Compare to the Average Ceiling Fan?

Ceiling Fan Comparison Graph
Breeze Rating: 5.5 (5 is best)
Wind Speed Factor: 4.02 MPH

(Read about Wind Speed Factor)
Graph represents 52" blade span

Quality Rating = 5 (average is 3)
With a Quality Rating of 5, the Hunter Classic Original is among the finest quality ceiling fans made. It will run smooth and quiet without wobbling or making noise and you can let it run 24 hours a day for years on end without any worries of the motor burning out.

Wind Speed Factor: 4.02 MPH (average is about 3)
A Wind Speed Factor of 4.02 MPH gives this fan a Breeze Rating of 5.5 out of 5. This is over the top when it comes to wind speed, so this fan provides about the strongest breeze you can get from a ceiling fan, making it one of the best fans you can buy to cool you off! Aside from Quality, which accounts for smooth quiet operation and durability, the amount of wind-chill a fan can provide to cool you off is the most important consideration. Afterall, why do want a ceiling fan in the first place?

Airflow = 6947 CFM (average is about 5,000)
6947 CFM is a good amount of aiflow and is above average. We highly recommend ceiling fans that move at least this amount of air in order to provide enough wind chill effect to keep you cool. The Hunter Classic Original will allow you to raise your thermostat by several degrees, which will help you save additional money on your cooling bills (if you have AC).

Efficiency Rating = 80 CFM/Watt (average is about 86)
An Efficiency Rating of 80 is fairly average. Efficiency is defined by the EPA as the amount of airflow a fan produces (CFM) divided by the amount of electricity (Watts) it uses on high speed without any lights on. Efficiency is less important than Airflow because more CFMs allow you to raise your thermostat higher...which is where you will save the most energy. Efficiency becomes more important if you expect to operate several ceiling fans at the same time. (see calculator below)

Electrical Usage = 87 Watts (average is about 76)
87 Watts per hour is higher than average, so the Hunter Classic Original costs a little more to operate than other fans. Use the calculator below to estimate just how much it will cost to operate this fan in "Your home".

Wind Speed Factor -vs- Efficiency: Wind Speed is KING! Ceiling fans can save you a lot on your energy bills if you use them properly to reduce your use of central air. Ceiling fans cool you off by creating a wind-chill effect, so the more wind speed a fan generates, the cooler it will make you feel. The cooler your ceiling fan can make you feel, the higher you can raise your AC thermostat to conserve energy without sacrificing your level of comfort. Raising your thermostat by 10 degrees can save you up to 40% on your cooling bills, but you cannot raise your thermostat by 10 degrees if you focus only on ceiling fans that use less energy rather than ones that generate higher wind speed. To put this in perspective: A typical central air system uses about 3500 Watts when it is running, so if a ceiling fan that uses 100 watts allows you to raise your thermostat a couple degrees higher than a more "efficient" fan that uses only 50 watts, the savings you will get by raising your AC therestat a couple degrees higher is far more than the difference of 50 watts between the two fans. With that said, a ceiling fan that uses less watts yet produces higher wind speed is a win-win.

Operational Cost Calculator
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Fan Watts Light Watts Cost of Electricity/kWh Hours/Day Days/Year
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Wind Speed Calculator
Blade Span CFM Wind Speed MPH Wind Speed LFM Calculate
4.02 MPH
471.05 LFM
(Calculate the wind speed of a ceiling fan by plugging in the CFM and Blade Span above)

Fan Size -vs- Wind Speed -vs- CFM

Note: The formula for calculating wind speed was revised on 1/31/2015. The previous formula did not take into account that the testing chamber (cylinder) used to determine the CFM of a fan is 8" in diameter larger than the blade span. The revised formula ads 8" to the fan diameter to account for this. The wind speed results are now slightly lower than previosly stated

"When it comes to ceiling fan size...the largest fan with the highest wind speed that will look fine in the area is the best choice!"

Ceiling fans cool you off by creating a wind-chill effect, the degree of which is determined by the wind speed produced by the fan; the higher the wind speed, the cooler you feel. It is critical to know the following; CFM is not the same as wind speed; the wind chill effect you feel from a ceiling fan is concentrated in the column of air directly beneath the fan blades; the wind chill drops off dramatically just a foot or two outside that area.

Ceiling fan manufacturers are required by the DOE to publish the airflow of each fan in CFM (Cubic Feet per Minute) which is not the same as wind speed. CFM is the volume of air being moved every minute, whereas wind speed how fast the air is moving in MPH (Miles per Hour) or LFM (Linear Feet per Minute), both of which are directly related to the amount of wind chill effect. When you compare two fans that are different sizes yet have the same CFM you will find they produce quite different wind speeds. The smaller fan must move air faster in order to move the same amount of air per minute (CFM) as the larger fan. The airflow generated by the smaller creates more wind chill because it is more concentrated and has a higher wind speed. The larger fan of equal CFM moves air over a larger area so it is less concentrated at a lower wind speed. So when determining what size fan to buy you must consider the amount of space a fan will cover (the diameter of the fan plus a foot or two), the intensity of the airflow directly beneath the fan (the wind speed) balanced with how any particular size fan will look or fit in the space. Ultimately the largest fan with the highest wind speed that will look fine in the area is the best choice for performance.

The required testing method for ceiling fans is not done in a way that translates well to real world applications, so the CFM data can be somewhat deceiving if you do not know how to interpret it.

The current required test procedure (shown left) shows a ceiling fan hanging above a 3 foot tall metal cylinder that is 8 inches wider than the ceiling fan (blade span) and stands 4 feet above the floor. Sensors are located at the bottom of the cylinder to measure the wind speed. The wind speed is then converted into CFM (Cubic Feet per Minute). Although this testing procedure can be valuable for comparing the performance of fans equal in size, it does not emulate a real application inside a home and does not make it easy to compare fans that are different sizes in order to determine the best size fan(s) for any particular application.

Therefore, the best way to compare the actual performance between fans of various sizes is to compare the wind speed. The wind speed of a ceiling fan can be mathematically calculated based on the CFM and Blade Span. Here is a comparison where we performed the calculations between 3 fans of different blade spans and CFMs. The largest fan has the highest CFM yet the smallest fan produces the highest wind speed.

84" Fan with CFM of 10000 produces wind speed of 2.46 MPH (216.62 LFM)
52" Fan with CFM of 6500 produces wind speed of 3.76 MPH (331.04 LFM )

The above example shows how deceiving CFM data can be. Even though the 52" fan moves 35% less air than the 84" fan, the intensity of the breeze that produces a wind-chill effect is over 50% more than that of the larger fan and will make you feel much cooler if you are directly beneath it. So, to cover a larger area, two or more smaller fans with good performance may be a better choice than a single large higher CFM fan.

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This Classic Original fan configuration has been "Discontinued" and there are no more in stock.

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  1. Question #9159 - Posted: 11/12/2011 3:32:10 PM

    Ceiling Fans Question - Hunter Model 23855

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    QUESTION: Hello, Your website is THEE MOST informative and helpful and once I narrow my decision I will happily be purchasing my fan from you. I am between the Hunter Classic original, the Emerson Premium and the Emerson Carrera Crande DC. All have various pluses and minuses for my application. I would like to know how much risk of oil leakage the Hunter poses..?

    ANSWER: I have been in the ceiling fan business for over 25 years and during that time have never had a custom report that oil leaked from their Hunter Original ceiling fan other than when they took it down and moved it. You just need to be careful not to tip the fan too much when there is oil in it. Once installed, it won't leak.

  2. Question #8808 - Posted: 10/9/2010 7:30:18 AM

    Ceiling Fans Question - Hunter Model 23855

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    QUESTION: I would like to mount the Hunter 23855 with a 24 inch down tube. is this accessory avaliable in flat black, and how can I purchase it?

    ANSWER: The recommended downrod from Hunter for the Flat Black Original ceiling fan is model 26227, which is a 24" Black downrod. Although it is not necessarily a matte black, it is very close and will look just fine. To verify this, here is a link to the page on the Manufacturers website that makes this recommendation: Hunter 26227 24" Black Downrod.

  3. Question #8545 - Posted: 8/9/2010 12:00:14 PM

    Ceiling Fans Question - Hunter Model 23855

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    QUESTION: I have a very old Hunter ceiling fan and it has a noise out of every rotation. can we oil it or can you give any suggestions as to what to do?

    ANSWER: If the fan you own is a cast iron Hunter Original ceiling fan, then can (and should) oil it. If it is not an original model, then you cannot oil it and it may either need service or need to be replaced. You can find the Instructions for Oiling a Hunter Original Ceiling Fan Here!. If you email me a picture of your Hunter ceiling fan, I will be able to let you know if it is an Original model that requires oil. Email to:

  4. Question #8071 - Posted: 5/3/2010 2:50:26 PM

    Ceiling Fans Question - Hunter Model 23855

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    QUESTION: Would it be possible or cost effective to replace the motor in an Original Classic Hunter Fan? Oil was not put into it when it was installed but added months later. The fan worked for a short time after that. I get nothing but hassle from the person who installed it. Thanks. t

    ANSWER: The motor for the Hunter Original ceiling fan is not sold separately since pretty much all there is to the fan is the motor, blades and mounting hardware. So even if it was available, it would not be cost effective to buy just the motor. However, I will say that the Hunter Original ceiling fans are built very rugged. It has been my experience in cases where the oil was not put into the fan, or the oil was allow to dry up, that after filling the oil reservoir you can usually get the fan going again by simply turning it on and giving it a push start. If you get it going like this, just let it run for a few days to work the oil back into the bearings without turning it off. It is quite possible that your fan will make a full recovery and last the remainder of your lifetime. So there may still be hope for your fan. If this does not work, then you will need to bite the bullet and replace the entire fan...and next time, make sure the oil is put into the fan before it is used.

  5. Question #7826 - Posted: 3/21/2010 1:17:49 PM

    Ceiling Fans Question - Hunter Model 23855

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    QUESTION: I have two hunter classic ceiling fans that were controlled by same variable speed switch. after couple years of use, the second fan, furthest had difficulty starting unless prompted with broom handle. seemed to be getting worse over time so I removed the variable switch (thinking it was defective), and replaced with 20 amp simple on off switch. issue continues. what might be wrong with the second fan?

    ANSWER: Hunter Original ceiling fans need to be oiled periodically. It sounds like you simply need to add some oil. Here is a link to the Hunter Original Owners Manual where you can find instructions on checking and adding the oil.

  6. Question #7063 - Posted: 10/28/2008 3:04:38 PM

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    QUESTION: Is this fan made in the United States? If not, where is it made?

    ANSWER: Virtually all ceiling fans are made in China. Please read this page for an more in depth discussion of why there are no longer any Ceiling Fans that are Made in the USA

  7. Question #3920 - Posted: 1/10/2008 2:42:31 PM

    Ceiling Fans Question - Hunter Model 23855

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    QUESTION: How much oil should I add to a fan that hasn't been used for 20 years and is probably dry?

    ANSWER: The reservoir for oil in the Hunter Original fan should be filled to about 1/2" from the point where you insert the oil. Refer to the owners manual for complete instructions regarding oiling your Hunter Original ceiling fan.

    Here is a link to the Hunter Original Oweners Manual

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