Whether you rent or own your home, a ceiling fan is a great way to stretch your cooling and heating budget options. However, when it begins making a rocking noise, it can become extremely nerve racking. Several things can make this happen, and you can usually use the process of elimination to find out the issue with the fan.
Finding the Problem
Dust or dirt on the blades can build up and add weight to it, resulting in an imbalanced fan. Occasionally, you should use a damp rag to clean them. If you cannot reach them easily, you could use a duster to brush off the excessive dust.
The mounting brackets on the fan motor are essential for the fan to function. However, when they are loose, the fan will begin rocking. If the fan motor is loose, it may require a professional to make the required adjustments so it will become balanced.
If the blades are not balanced, the fan cannot function correctly. Once again, an electrical contractor should be called to determine the correct angles of the blades. It may require an adjustment to the fan motor by tightening down the screws to the unit.
The fan is heavy, making it essential to be securely mounted to the wall. If some of the screws aren't tight, it will rock continuously. You will want to make sure that the screws are secured after installation and then periodically tighten them to keep the fan from rocking.
Correcting the Problem
If you have electrical skills, the process should be fairly simple. Be sure to use caution. It is a good idea to turn off the power in the breaker box before you start the process of elimination. Once again, only do the work if you believe you are qualified.
Here are a few simple steps to follow to hopefully stop that wobble.
Lower the electrical boxes, called the canopy, in the ceiling, and remove any screws holding the unit in place. Check the u-bolt that holds the fan in place on the brace. If the nuts are loose, tighten them, and replace the cover or canopy. Check the blades and fan housing unit to ensure all of the bolts are in good working order. If they are damaged or stripped, replace them. Replace any damaged fan blades.
If the fan is wobbling, switch the blades to a different slot. It may take more than one try to get them balanced, but as long as the blades aren't warped, you should be able to balance them.
With a few hours of your day at most, you should be able to fix the rocking. If you are unsure about doing the work, always hire a professional, like Lehman Construction Services Inc.