Balance Ceiling Fan
Home repair expert Henry Harrison helps out a big fan.
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Learn how to get a wobbly ceiling fan working smoothly again. On his elbow grease scale of one to four, Henry gives this repair a two.
Materials and Tools:
3-gram clip-on weights
3-gram weights with self-adhesive backing
1. Turn off the main power to the fan. Use a ladder to reach the fan and clean the blades with a towel.
2. In this situation, Harrison traced the tapping noise to a light bulb that hit against its shade when the fan wobbled.
3. To remedy this, loosen the screws holding the shade and reposition it so the bulb doesn't tap against the shade. Tighten the screws once the shade is in the correct position.
4. Loosen the screws holding the fan to the ceiling bracket. Carefully lower the fan, you may need someone to hold it, and check to see if the mounting ball is correctly positioned in the fixture bottom. There is a groove in the ball that needs to line up with a tooth on the shaft. Line these up and tighten the screw holding the ball in position.
5. Before securing fan to the ceiling, make sure all wire connections are tight.
6. Turn power back on to check if problem is fixed.
7. If the fan still wobbles, try attaching a 3-gram clip-on weight to the trailing side of each fan blade in a trial-and-error process. After adding each weight, spin the fan by hand check for any improvement. If the weight is on the wrong blade the results are pretty obvious.
8. Once you eventually find the correct blade the wobble may not completely disappear. Clip on additional weights until the imbalance in corrected.
A lot of people think ceiling fans are only for summer use, but that's not true.