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Ceiling Fan Maintenance Guide

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Ceiling Fan Maintenance Guide

As a home owner you are aware of the need to ensure that your home is well-maintained at all times. This includes the proper upkeep and repair of all the electrical appliances you own. A ceiling fan that is not functioning properly can cause an abundance of annoyance. No one likes having to ensure the noise that a damaged ceiling fan makes. Sometimes, the blades of a ceiling fan become misaligned and this leads to a wobbling fan. If a ceiling fan in your home is wobbling, make sure to fix it as soon as possible since it can fall down and cause injuries. It can certainly destroy the fan, crack your flooring, and leave an unsightly sight on your ceiling.


The U.S. government’s Energy Star program says that proper installation and use of ceiling fans contribute a lot to the energy savings they offer. By taking the trouble to repair a noisy or wobbling ceiling fan you will be able to experience a noise-free and safe environment at home even as you save on your energy costs.


While replacing a damaged ceiling fan might appear to be the simpler solution, you can save money by repairing your ceiling fan. Just follow the steps outlined below to repair your this household appliance.

  1. The U.S. government’s Energy Star program says that proper installation and use of ceiling fans contribute a lot to the energy savings they offer.

    1.Disconnect Power Supply

    Before you start working on your ceiling fan ensure that the power supply to it has been disconnected. Do not just switch off the power to the fan; instead switch off the circuit breaker that supplies power to the fan. This step will ensure your safety and protect you from potential electrical shocks.

  2. 2.Check the Rating of the Electrical Box

    If you find that the ceiling fan is wobbling, check the rating of the electrical box from which it is hanging. A ceiling fan is significantly heavier than a light bulb and, therefore, requires an electrical box that can support a heavier load. If the electrical box is not rated for a ceiling fan, simply replace it with one meant to support a ceiling fan. For this you will have to either remove the ceiling fan from the support bracket and then access the electrical box or access it from the attic.


    If you are not comfortable checking the electrical box and replacing it, notify an electrical contractor found online to complete the task for you. Do not hire the first person you speak with unless they seem genuine and do not fall for a website that makes a bunch of promises.

  3. 3.Check the Support Bracket

    Another potential cause of a wobbling fan is a loose support bracket. Test this by trying to shake it with your hands. If it moves, you need to tighten it to ensure that the fan does not wobble and more and become even looser.

  5. 4.Check Bolts and Screws

    A ceiling fan has many bolts and screws. These are used to fasten the fan to the support bracket, fasten the blades to the motor cover, and so on. Ensure that all the screws and bolts are tightened.

  6. 5.Check for Bent Blades

    Measure the distance between each blade and the ceiling. The distances have to be even. If one blade is closer to or farther away from the ceiling, then it is bent and needs to be replaced. Contact the ceiling fan manufacturer and ask for a replacement.


    Since replacing a blade without bending it can be a tough task, consider retaining the services of an expert electrical contractor or a technician that you can find online for through a friend or a neighbor.

  7. 6.Install an Anti-Hum Control

    Sometimes, a ceiling fan does not wobble but produces a humming noise that can be annoying. To eliminate this noise you need to install an anti-hum control. However, this solution works only if the anti-hum control is compatible with the motor of your ceiling fan. Such devices are often not compatible with low-end or poor quality motors.


    When you suspect that your ceiling fan is not working properly, first explore the possibility of repairing it. You will be able to save money by doing minor repairs and prolonging the life of the fan. If you need help with your repairs, don't hesitate to contact a ceiling fan repair professional today.

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