Five Tips for Wobbly Ceiling Fans
Ceiling fans are a great addition to any room. They add ventilation, add tons of style and can slash your energy bills. Ceiling fans aren’t just for the summer. Rotate them in the winter to keep rooms toasty without sending your heating bills sky-high.
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Is Your Ceiling Fan Wobbly?
A shaking, wobbling ceiling fan is annoying. It makes irritating noises and does nothing to move the air. Worse yet, a wobbling fan can cause wear and tear on the ceiling fan’s motor. Learn how to get your ceiling fan back in balance.
Five Tips for Balancing Your Ceiling Fan
1. Check the Blades
Dirty, dusty blades can weigh down the fan and throw off its rotation. Before you do anything else, check the blades to make sure they’re clean and free of dust.
You should also check for any warped or damaged blades. If a blade is bad, you need to replace it. It can be difficult to find replacement blades, especially for older fans. Consider replacing the whole fan if it’s an old one.
2. Remove the Fan and Install It Again
Sometimes this is the only way to get a wobbly fan working properly. If your fan wasn’t installed properly, you can start all over with a good installation. Be sure to tighten all the screws on the fan, base, and motor. Try running your freshly installed fan. If you still have problems, try the next step.
3. Use a Blade Balancing Kit
You can find a blade balancing kit at most hardware or ceiling fan stores. The kit contains several plastic clips and some balancing weights.
To use the kit, begin by placing a clip on the edge of one blade. Place it in the middle of the blade. Turn on the fan and check to see if the wobbling improves. If it doesn’t, move the clip down a few inches and try it again. Once you have found the position that doesn’t wobble, place a balancing weight on the blade.
You’ll have to do this for each blade, but eventually, you will locate and fix the faulty blade.
4. Check Your Outlet Box
Is your outlet rated for fans? Fans are heavy, and you must install them in an outlet box that can hold the weight.
Many people make the mistake of replacing a light fixture with a ceiling fan. If you do this without replacing the outlet box, you could have a dangerously loose fan. You should install a fan in a fan-rated box that is mounted with lag screws or to an adjustable fan brace.
5. Use a Story Board to Check for Height Differences
If you know how to use a storyboard, use it to check the differences in height between the blades and blade irons. If you find a blade that has a difference of a quarter-inch or more, it’s time to replace that blade.
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