How To Repair A Malfunctioning Ceiling Fan

Ceiling fans are a common sight in many people’s homes. They are an effective means of cooling a room without too much cost. For milder climates, they may be the only means of cooling in a home. Ceiling fans do not actually cool the air; rather, they push air downward when set to counterclockwise rotation. Fans work by evaporating sweat. Additionally, as we lose heat to our surroundings, the fan replaces that hot, humid air around you, giving you the sensation of cooling.

Common Issues Of Ceiling Fans

The number of styles available for ceiling fans is incredible. You can easily find ones to match your décor from room to room. All of them work on the same principle, with most of the same parts. Given that there are multiple working parts working either continuously or for hours on end, it is not uncommon for issues to arise that can influence the proper function of the fan.

All of us have heard wobbling fans. It can be caused by uneven movement and may even be visible by watching the fan in action. To fix this, ascertain that all the screws and bolts of the fan are tight in place. Also check that the blades aren’t warped or damaged in some way. Fan blade aberrations can cause unequal rotational movement. If you’re able to restore the proper shape to the blade, it will keep you from having to buy a replacement blade. You can also purchase and install a balancing kit which attempts to restore uniform movement with the use of weights.

If the fan makes a humming or buzzing sound, it is important to investigate whether any parts have loosened and are rubbing against each other. Solving the problem can be as easy and tightening the relevant screws into place. Sometimes newly purchased fans can make peculiar sounds because the internal lubricant has not spread adequately through the parts. If this is the case, it can be remedied by running the fan for 24 hours to let the lubricant spread. If neither of these solutions works, you may have to reach out to your manufacturer for additional guidance.

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Many fans have attached light fixtures that capitalise on the central elevated location to light up a room. There are times, however, when the light doesn’t function. If the designated switch turns on the fan, but not the light, it is possible that the installation wires are improperly connected or have loosened with time.

If a fan doesn’t feel effective, check that the blades are positioned correctly. There is usually a small switch on the body of the fan that switches the direction that the blades will spin. This is routinely changed in conjunction with seasonal weather shifts. You may also want to inspect the parts for looseness, imbalance, or damage. It is also possible that the fan is inadequate for the room and switching to a higher-capacity model may make you feel more comfortable.

Purchasing Ceiling Fans

Even with the above issues, fans are a smart, conservative means of staying cool. The air circulation can also relieve the room of stuffiness, common in warm weather. With innumerable options, the best way to narrow down the best fan for you is to begin with your requirements: size, height (choose lower profile fans for low ceilings to take up less room), lighting (you can choose from a variety of single-bulb, multi-bulb, and dimmable options), capacity, colour, style, etc. Choose a reputable company that uses quality parts to cut down on future expenditure. Taking these steps will ensure that you’ll have a fan that works and looks as expected. We have collated and reviewed all the best ones here on the market here to help.

About the Author Harry Thompson

Gaining a BSc Honours in building/ property maintenance at the University of Portsmouth Harry went into the field of renovating properties. Along the journey, he has developed a wide variety of home & garden DIY skills such as installing new kitchens and landscaping gardens.