Ceiling Fan Troubleshooting

A ceiling fan can be a huge asset to any home. In the hot summertime, a gentle breeze is created but in the wintertime, the blade direction can be reversed so warm air up by the ceiling is pushed downward. That means a ceiling fan can make your home more comfortable while lowering your monthly utility bills. However, just as with many things within the home, ceiling fans can stop working properly. The good news is that usually, the problem is something that can be fixed easily and for little to no money.

Strange Noise

If you notice your ceiling fan making an unusual noise, it could be anything from an unbalanced blade to a loose screw to a bad motor. Keep in mind that ceiling fans are held together by many screws. When screws become loose over time, the balance of the fan can be disrupted, causing noise. Therefore, the first thing you always want to check is the screws, tightening anything and everything.

Many of the ceiling fans on the market today are made with self-lubrication. However, if you have an older fan or one that does not have this feature, any humming, grinding, or squeaking noise could be the result of the fan needing lubrication. For this, you want to purchase lubrication made specifically for ceiling fans and then follow the manufacturer's instruction in that each can be a little different.

Noise and Wobbling

Another common problem is noise and wobbling. In this case, it could again be loose screws but in addition, you want to check the blades. For instance, if you have wood blades, chances are over time they have become bent or warped. Replacing the damaged blade will immediately fix the problem. If the blades are in good condition, then you can purchase small weights that stick on the blades to help balance them. Again, once the weights are in the appropriate position, the problem should be fixed immediately.

If you notice no noise coming from the fan motor, it could be that no power is getting to the fan. For this, check the breaker box, the fuse box, and even the wall switch to make sure everything is set correctly. If you hear a humming noise but the fan is not operating, the problem might be a seized bearing, worn brushes, or that the windings are bad. In this case, the motor could be sent in for repair or you might need to completely, replace the motor housing.

If you notice no noise coming from the fan motor, it could be that no power is getting to the fan. For this, check the breaker box, the fuse box, and even the wall switch to make sure everything is set correctly. If you hear a humming noise but the fan is not operating, the problem might be a seized bearing, worn brushes, or that the windings are bad. In this case, the motor could be sent in for repair or you might need to completely, replace the motor housing.