CEILING FAN ANSWERS

For people who own ceiling fans, questions often arise. Although new ceiling fans operate, as they should, as long as they were installed properly, over time various problems come up such as wobbling, rocking, noise, and so on. Therefore, we have answered some of the more common questions associated with ceiling fans. Keep in mind that sometimes, a new fan is needed but other times, problems can be fixed quite easily. In addition, we wanted to address some questions pertaining to safe operation of a ceiling fan.

Stopping a Rotating Fan

For starters, we have heard stories of people that will use their hand to stop the rotating blades once the fan has been turned off. No one should ever stop a fan in this way. Even if the fan motor has been stopped, the blades can cause personal damage. However, in addition to injury, stopping fan blades this way could actually cause damage to the mount as well. You see, for many fans, stopping the rotation of the blades will cause the box to become loose and in rare cases, it could actually cause the fan to fall. Therefore, you should always allow the blades to stop on their own.

Ceiling Fan Balancing

Another common question relates to balance ceiling fans. Over time, blades can become imbalanced, which causes the entire fan to wobble. For this, you have a couple of options. First, look at the blades to see if any are warped or bent. In this case, you could replace the blades, which would bring the fan back in balance. If the blades are in good condition, you can also purchase small weights, which are then attached to the blades to help with balance. For this, you would need to adjust the placement of the weights until you have found the perfect position.

Fan Mounting Problem

Another possible problem is if the fan is attached but the mounting box sags or moves it could be that the fan was mounted to the non-code electrical box instead. Since fans need to be mounted onto a special electrical box firmly attached to the ceiling joists and with special brackets, incorrect mounting could be a serious problem. In this case, we recommend you hire a professional electrician to redo the installation properly.

Fan Sizing

Another common question has to do with choosing the right fan size. Typically, for rooms up to 100 square feet, a 32-inch fan would suffice. However, for rooms of 450 square feet, you would need to go up in size to a 42 or 48-inch fan. Then, for large rooms of 600 feet or more, go with the largest size fan possible, or even more than one fan. This will provide you with the highest level of efficiency and comfort.