If you’re having issues with a noisy ceiling fan, know that you’re not alone—many of our customers at Sgelectrics in Santa Barbara come to us with the same problem.
Today, we’ll show you how to fix a noisy ceiling fan on your own without needing to hire (and pay for) an electrician. However, it’s important to note that there could be additional problems with your ceiling fan, which may require an electrician’s help or even a replacement fan.
How do I fix a noisy ceiling fan? – Our practical guide
It’s no secret that ceiling fans can be noisy, and finding the noise source is not always easy. The different components of the ceiling fan can create various noises, and another problem can cause each noise. If your ceiling fan is making grinding noise then it’s an alarm that you need to fix it right away!
The good news is that there are a few things you can do to fix a noisy ceiling fan. With further ado, let’s dive in:
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1. Make sure the blade screws are tight
You know what they say, “loose screws cause noise.” The same is true for ceiling fan blades—if the screws that attach the blades to the motor are loose, they will wobble and cause a rattling noise. But, in many cases, when we advised our customers to check and tighten the screws, they said it made a world of difference.
2. Check the fan blades for damage & Clean them
Another possible reason for the noise is if the fan blades are damaged or bent. Over time, the blades can become bent from hitting something or from simply becoming unbalanced. Check each blade to see if it’s bent, and try to straighten it out. If the blade is severely damaged, you may need to replace it.
In addition, dirt and dust can also build up on the blades over time, leading to noise. To clean the blades, simply wipe them down with a damp cloth. By cleaning the blades, you can also help to prolong their lifespan.
3. Lubricate the motor
If your ceiling fan is still noisy after checking and tightening the screws and cleaning the blades, then it’s likely that the motor is the source of the noise. The good news is that you can often fix this problem by lubricating the ceiling fan motor.
To do so,
- First, turn off the power to the ceiling fan at the breaker box.
- Next, remove the fan’s canopy (the piece that covers the motor).
- Once the canopy is removed, you should see the motor.
There are typically three places where you can lubricate the motor:
- The sleeve bearings
- The ball bearings
- The motor shaft
The best type of lubricant to use is white lithium grease, which you can find at most hardware stores. Apply a small amount of lubricant to each of the three areas and then replace the canopy. Once everything is back in place, turn on the power to the ceiling fan and test it out.
4. Secure the Upper Canopy
Does it sound familiar, like we are discussing a line mentioned in the above paragraph with a separate heading? Well, the reason for mentioning it again is to highlight its importance. In many cases, a noisy ceiling fan is simply due to the upper canopy being loose. The upper canopy is the piece that attaches to the ceiling and holds the fan in place. If it’s loose, it can cause the fan to wobble and make noise. To fix this, remove the canopy and tighten the screws that hold it in place.
5. Check the downrod for damage
The downrod is the metal rod that attaches the ceiling fan to the ceiling. Over time, it can become damaged or bent, which can cause noise. To check the downrod, remove the fan’s canopy and take a look at it. If it’s bent or damaged, you’ll need to replace it. Worried about replacing the downrod yourself? Don’t be—it’s a relatively easy process that most people can do without too much trouble.
6. Make sure the fan is balanced
Another common reason for a noisy ceiling fan is an unbalanced blade. Ceiling fans are designed to spin smoothly and quietly, but they can start making noise if they become unstable. To check if your fan is unbalanced, turn it off, then give them by hand. If they wobble, the fan is unblended and must be fixed.
There are different ways you can balance a ceiling fan:
- One is to bend the blades until they are level simply.
- Another is to add weight to the blades. We don’t recommend this second method as it can damage the fan, but if you’re desperate, you can try it.
- The best way to balance a ceiling fan is to use a ceiling fan blade balancing kit. These kits are relatively inexpensive and can be found at most hardware stores.
- Replacement might be the best option depending on the severity of the damage
7. Secure the junction box
The junction box is the piece that attaches the ceiling fan to the electrical box in your ceiling. If it’s loose, it can cause the fan to wobble and make noise. To fix this, simply remove the canopy and tighten the screws holding the junction box. Remember to turn off the power to the ceiling fan before you do this.
8. Replace worn-out parts
Over time, parts of your ceiling fan will start to wear out. When this happens, it can cause the fan to make a noise. The most common parts that need to be replaced are the bearings. Ceiling fans have two types of bearings: sleeve bearings and ball bearings. Sleeve bearings are found in older fans, while ball bearings are found in newer fans.
To replace the bearings(I recommend a professional to do this), you’ll need to remove the fan’s canopy and then the motor. Once you have access to the bearings, remove the old ones and replace them with new ones. Be sure to buy the correct type of bearings for your fan.
9. Call a Professional
If you’ve tried all of the above and your ceiling fan still won’t stop making noise, then it’s time to call a professional electrician. It’s possible that there is something wrong with the motor or other parts of the ceiling fan that you can’t fix yourself.
A professional will be able to diagnose the problem and fix it quickly. They may also be able to tell you if your ceiling fan needs to be replaced.
10. Preventative Maintenance
The best way to deal with a noisy ceiling fan is to prevent it from happening in the first place. Ceiling fans can last for many years with proper care and maintenance. Here are some tips to help you keep your fan in good shape:
- Clean your ceiling fan regularly. Dust and dirt can build up on the blades and cause them to become unbalanced.
- Tighten all the screws and bolts on your ceiling fan. Over time, they can become loose and cause the fan to wobble.
- Inspect your ceiling fan regularly for damage. If you see any, be sure to fix it right away.
- When you’re not using your ceiling fan, turn it off. This will help prolong its lifespan.
By following these tips, you can keep your ceiling fan running smoothly for many years to come.
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Why is Sgelectricsb in business?
At Sgelectricsb, we specialize in electrical repairs and installations for homeowners in Santa Barbara.
Ceiling fan installtion & repair services is one of our most common services. If your ceiling fan starts making noise, there’s usually a quick fix depending on the cause. We created this guide to help you troubleshoot the issue and get your ceiling fan running smoothly again as quickly as possible. If you have any questions about this process or anything else related to electrical problems, don’t hesitate to contact us – we’re always happy to help!