Ceiling Fan Repair
Are you in need of a ceiling fan repair? If you are reading this, most likely your ceiling fan is not working. The page will go through common problems and possibles fixes to help make that fan useful again.
A ceiling fan is a simple replacement that will save you time and money. Learn how to identify the source of ceiling fan problems and fix them in a hurry. A ceiling fan that is not working can get broken down for different reasons.
The most straightforward problem may be a fan that is not receiving electrical power. Next, we move on to other sorts of fan problems, such as swirling, humming, and failure to turn correctly.
Parts far Ceiling Fan Repairs
A ceiling fan is a small electric motor with a housing and blades that hold the blades in place. A down rod or other mounting device gets used to mount the blades. When a ceiling fan is not working, check to see if it is getting electrical power from its switch and your home’s circuit breaker or fuse box. Find the electrical panel that serves the fan’s circuit. This circuit is often the same as the one that serves the ceiling lights in the same room. Look for a circuit breaker that has flipped off. If you find a breaker, flip it off and then back on. If that doesn’t work, move on to examine if the switch that controls the fan is faulty.
A switch is a device that opens and closes to interrupt or complete the black wire’s circuit. The idea is to finish the circuit without the switch to notice if it runs. The wires get twisted together, and a wire nut gets used to fasten them. If the fan operates when you do this, the problem is the switch that you should substitute.
How do I Repair a Fan that Hums?
If your ceiling fan produces a humming noise when it runs, you may be able to fix the problem by changing the control. An inexpensive fan motor may burn out. Be sure to buy a fan that has an anti-hum feature. The power rating must be equal to or higher than the demands of the fan. Multiple fans may require unique controls.
How do I Fix a Fan that Wobbles?
A small wobble is typical for ceiling fans, but a significant wobble can be dangerous. Start by looking for the source of the wobble. A fan hung from a standard ceiling electrical box rather than a box that has a fan rated for it. A fan is more substantial than a fixture and exerts more force on the electrical box than a light. If a fan is working its way loose, it could come crashing down. Unscrew the bracket housing and lower it at the ceiling. Check the box for a label that says it is a fan-rated box. Check out the way it’s fastened. A metal box should be attached to a solid wood block or a bracket in the attic.
Check the fan support. If the fan is not mounted correctly, please see our page on Ceiling Fan Installation. Wiggle the mounting support bracket. If the strap isn’t tight, check the down rod. If your fan swings from a drop rod, as most will, make positive, the ball joint is correctly engaged with the fan support bracket. Check and tighten all bolts and screws if necessary. Measure the gap between the blade ends and the ceiling to see if they are equal. If they don’t, one or more blades may be bent or warped. Report it to the manufacturer. Most fan manufacturers offer replacement blades. If your old fan seems worn out, or maybe it just stopped working altogether. It’s up to you to replace your fan for a more suitable alternative. Changing a fan can be a little intimidating.
Ceiling Fan Blades Don’t Rotate
- Sometimes the fan turns on, but the blades don’t spin
- If it operates at one speed
- If it changes speeds unexpectedly
The fan’s capacitor may be going bad. If the fan’s light is working and you can hear a noise while you press the remote or switch, you acknowledge it’s getting current. Flip the Forward—Reverse switch several times, and then lock into the “Forward” position. If the problem isn’t solved, make certain the dip switches on the remote control and inside the fan are both set to the same frequency. If the blades don’t move when you push them by hand, packing material may be jamming it. An older fan that ran before may have a screw or part come loose and got stuck.
Always seek help from a professional electrician before attempting any work yourself. Contact Mike Fuller Electric in Ottawa today for your ceiling fan repair inquires.
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