A ceiling fan is made up of numerous moving parts which often turn continuously for hours. Sooner or later, troubles will develop. But typically, those problems can be easily addressed.
- Wobbling: Make sure that all screws and bolts are tightened and that the fan blades aren’t warped or damaged (this can cause the fan to become unbalanced). You can try to carefully bend them back to the correct position or buy replacement blades. For a quick fix, you can install an inexpensive balancing kit, which consists of small weights and clips.
- Humming or buzzing: Make sure there are no loose parts that are knocking together. If you just purchased your ceiling fan, you may simply need to run it for 24 hours to ensure that the lubricant applied during manufacturing is evenly distributed throughout the fan. If that doesn’t solve the problem, call the manufacturer or store where you bought the fan for help.
- Lighting: Make sure that the house wires are all connected to the correct fan and lighting wires. There could be a mistake from the fan’s initial installation, or the wires may not have been connected together tightly enough and loosened over time.
- Airflow: Check that the fan doesn’t have any of the above issues, such as being off balance, having loose screws, or having warped or damaged blades. Also, keep in mind that airflow will be less noticeable if the fan is in updraft mode. Otherwise, you could just have a fan with a motor too small to suit your needs.
If your ceiling fan will not start, use the steps below to determine cause of the problem:
- Check the circuit breaker to confirm the power is on. If the circuit breaker tripped, reset the breaker. If there are any blown fuses, replace the damaged fuses.
- Turn the power off the circuit breaker. Loosen the canopy, check all the wire connections are correctly assembled and secured with wire nuts.
- Make sure the fan blades spin freely. Pull the pull chain to make sure it is on.
- Confirm the reverse switch is not in a neutral position. Flip the switch several times to lock into position.
- Verify the plug connection in switch housing is securely fastened and all color-coded cables are aligned.
- If you have the electrical know-how, check the wall switch for power. If you are inexperienced in this area, call an electrician to check the wire connections. An electrician can diagnose the issue at a reasonable cost.
- If you are using a remote control, check that the batteries are installed properly and are not dead. Check that the dip switches on the remote and receiver are set to the same frequency.
- If you’re using a wall control, check the power to the breaker from your control and try working your ceiling fan manually.
- If your ceiling fan is located in a damp or wet environment, confirm the fan and outlet box is UL rated for that environment. While damp-rated and wet-rated ceiling fans can be installed indoors, dry-rated fans should not be installed outdoors as these fans are not equipped to withstand moisture or direct contact with water.
Purpose Of Ceiling Fan
What is the purpose of having a ceiling fan? The answer to this question can be understood through a very common example. Just consider yourself walking on the streets on a very hot day without any breeze blowing around you, now consider yourself in the same situation but with the breeze blowing around. You will definitely find the latter situation better. This is because when the breeze touches your skin it causes the moisture on it to evaporate, hence creating a cooling effect. Call (713) 812-7070 us for your home service and repair needs.
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