Troubleshoot A Wobbly Ceiling Fan – Restore the Balance

Troubleshoot A Wobbly Ceiling Fan

If you are like me and are close to a wobbly ceiling fan, especially on high speed, a feeling of unease and fear will set in. Even the highest quality fans can get out of balance and wobble. A balanced fan can help prolong the life of the motor and maintain performance. An unbalanced fan could also end up with damage to the motor’s bearing and bushings or worse, personal injury. Out of balanced fans could be accompany by an irritating and unnecessary noise.

Below we will teach you to safely balance your ceiling fan. It is easy to do and takes about 10 minutes.

Don’t forget, anytime you work on ceiling fans be sure to turn the fan’s power off at the breaker.

Balance A Wobbly Ceiling Fan

Basic Balancing Steps

Afraid of Ceiling FanFirst off, clean the fan! Make sure dirt hasn’t accumulated on the fan causing things to loosen and start to shake. You also want to check your blades to ensure none of them are uneven or warped. If your blades have begun to warp you will want to replace them. Make sure your new blades are made by the same manufacturer as your ceiling fan. It is best for all ceiling fan blades to be at the same height from the ceiling. A single uneven blade could lead to an unbalanced fan. This could eventually cause damage to your fan.

 

Six Steps

1. Loosen the screws on the canopy cover. Slide the canopy down to expose the mounting bracket.

2. Tighten screws on the mounting bracket and outlet box.

3. Tighten screws on the down rod and verify all pins are firmly in place.

4. Secure fan blades to blade holders. Secure blade holders to the motor housing.

5. Measure the distance from the tip of each blade to the ceiling. Keep the tape measure in one spot and rotate the fan blades. All blades should be the same distance from the ceiling. Adjust any bent blade holders by gently pressing up or down on the bracket until all blades are at an equal distance from the ceiling.

6. Turn on the ceiling fan and confirm wobbling has stopped.

 

If the above doesn’t work, you may want to use a balancing kit. Below, you will find a video and step by step instructions.

Video:

Tools Needed

  • Screwdriver
  • Fan Blade Weight Kit

Pre-Balancing

A few things need to be done first before you balance the ceiling fan.

Reminder, make sure the power is turned off at the breaker. Before you had tried all six steps above I hope you cleaned the fan, if not, start by cleaning the blades from dust and debre; as it can cause the fan to be unbalanced.

Installing A Balancing Kit

Ceiling Fan Balancing KitYou will have to use the balancing kit that either came with the ceiling fan when you bought it or purchase a kit at your local store where fans are sold.

 

Step 1

You will have to find the blade that is giving you the trouble. Start by putting the temporary weight on the middle of a blade. Turn the fan on to check if still wobbles. If it is balance then skip step 2.

Step 2

Move the temporary weight up and down the fan blade; checking each time for balance until you find the balance spot.

Step 3

Apply the permanent weight. Peel off the backing to the adhesive on the weight. And, place the weight in the middle of the ceiling fan blade where the temporary weight is. Remove the temporary weight.

Additional troubleshooting can be found here. Or, for a specific problem:

Fan Remote Issues

Fan Light Burning Out

No Air Movement

Fan Making Noise