Ceiling fans help to keep us cool in our homes, but sometimes the racket they cause can make them more of nuisance than a luxury. No one likes falling asleep to the sound of a clacking, clanking fan blade. Fortunately, while there are many possible causes for a wobbling fan, the solution for each is simple. Learn what may be throwing your fan off balance and how you can get it running smoothly – and quietly – again.
Reasons For a Wobbling Fan
Here are some of the most common reasons your fan may be wobbling:
1. Fan blades or blade holders are imbalanced
2. Screws holding the blades are loose
3. Fan is not firmly mounted to ceiling
4. Fan blades are not the same distance from ceiling when measured at the tips
5. Screw is not tight against down pole or fan blades are not all the same pitch
6. Excess dust accumulation
Sometimes, a fan may wobble simply because it is old and worn. Over time, blades may begin to warp and moving parts wear down. If is this is the case, it might be time to replace your ceiling fan.
How to Fix a Wobbling Fan
Step 1: Start by thoroughly cleaning your fan with a household cleaner. Remove all built-up dust and debris. After doing so, turn the fan on to see if it still wobbles. If it does, move on to the next step.
Step 2: Check that each blade is securely fastened to the blade holder and that each blade holder is tightly screwed into the fan flywheel. If any screws are loose, tighten them with a screwdriver. If the wobbling persists, move onto step three,
Step 3: Measure the distance between the tip of each blade to the ceiling. If any of the blades is closer or farther from the ceiling than the rest, gently bend the blade holder up or down until the blade is properly aligned with the others. If the fan still does not spin smoothly, see the next step.
Step 4: If your fan is still wobbling, you’ll need to pick up a fan balancing kit from your local hardware store. Place the weight that comes in the kit on each blade to determine which one is causing the problem. The weight will even out the blades, eliminating the wobble.
When to Call an Electrician
If you need help diagnosing the cause of your wobbling fan or have decided to install a new one altogether, call Mister Sparky today. Keep in mind that a noise coming from your ceiling fan may not be mechanical and could be an electrical issue. And if that’s the case, you’ll want an experienced electrician on your side. Schedule a visit with Mister Sparky today!