Regardless of the season, a ceiling fan is a great way to circulate air in any area. It’s also a great way to save money on air conditioning in the summer. Nothing, however, is more unsettling than a wobbly, loose, ceiling fan.
If your ceiling fan wobbles and creates more noise than anything else in your house, you’re in luck because we have the instructions on how to fix a wobbly ceiling fan right here without needing to replace your ceiling fan.
There are a variety of reasons for this, including a poor-quality ceiling fan position, but the most common cause could be improper balancing.
Imbalances cause ceiling fan wobble in the fan blades or blade holders, blade misalignment, dust collection, or simply loose ceiling fan mounting.
In our guide, you can learn why you need to balance ceiling fan and how to fix it without much more than a screwdriver and some time. (Learn How To Hang Plants From Ceiling Without Drilling)
By the end, you’ll have all you need to balance a ceiling fan in any room and for whatever reason.
How To Clean a Ceiling Fan?
The first step into balancing a ceiling fan is to clean it. You can often find the build-up of dust suffices to make your fan wobble, as is having a warped fan blade. A warped blade can make your fan wobble less unless it catches more dust than your other fans.
Here, you can learn how to clean each fan blade and make sure it is as clean as possible and balanced. Should cleaning the fan blades not work, you need to carry on with a few more steps to balance your fan or use a bought ceiling fan balancing kit.
Dust builds up on ceiling fans and clogs fan motors, asserting pressure on ceiling fan blades. All such problems contribute to a wobbly ceiling fan. (Learn How To Fix A Leaky Hose Bib)
- Turn off your ceiling fan.
- Position a ladder under the ceiling fan positioned off-center and climb to reach the first blade.
- Use a duster for brushing dust from both sides of the fan blades.
- Dampen a microfiber cloth using warm water to clean the motor housing and wipe the blades.
- Clean the blades and blade holder housing and then dry all the surfaces.
- Turn on your fan and run it on medium to see if cleaning is enough to stop the wobbling or you need a blade balancing kit or an alternative means of stopping the wobble on your fan blades.
How Do You Balance a Wobbly Ceiling Fan?
Here are all the steps you need to keep your ceiling fan blades spinning level and stop the wobble.
Turn the Fan Off
- For safety, ensure your fan is off and not working at all before you go anywhere near the blades. Home improvement can lead to many accidents, and fans can cause lots of harm.
- Tighten the screws on your blade brackets.
- Mark the blades with tape
- Place Tape toward the ceiling blade’s centerline
- Apply a strip of tape to the top of the blade’s centerline to temporarily hold one of the kit’s self-adhesive weights. To keep track of which blade is which, place a numbered strip of masking tape on each one.
The blades of most ceiling fans are held in place on the blade iron by three to four medium-sized screws that can loosen. When screws go loose, the blade will suffer from “blade tick.”
The solution to this problem is actually rather straightforward and needs you to climb a ladder and inspect the tops of your ceiling fan’s blades.
Step 1. You should be able to see the blade screws right next to the motor housing from this vantage point.
Step 2. Tighten the screws firmly on each blade as much as possible with a screwdriver.
Step 3. Blade irons are not included with certain newer fans models, which instead have blades that attach firmly to the motor housing.
Step 4. The screws are normally behind the light fixture. In this situation, all you’d have to do is tighten the screws on each blade individually.
Use a tape measure to measure the vertical distance from the ceiling to the tip of each ceiling fan blade for increased precision. Adjust the blades off by tightening the mounting screws that hold them to the motor housing if all of the measurements are off. (Learn How To Remove A Rusted Screw)
Check Fan Structure
A ceiling fan must be installed on the proper ceiling mount, either a fan-rated electrical box affixed to an adjustable fan brace or lag screws to a 2′ x 4′ cross beam.
Climb a ladder and loosen the bracket housing to inspect the initial installation. If your fan is connected to a light fixture-only electrical box, it cannot withstand the additional weight of the fan.
Level The Blade Edges
Measure the distance between the leading edge of each blade and the ceiling with a tape measure or yardstick. Measure a vertically and measure from the same position on the ceiling each time, manually moving the blades to take each measurement. Try gently bending the blade’s bracket up or down by hand if an edge is out of whack.
Run your fan to see whether the problem still exists. Stand on a ladder away from the fan, at eye level with the blades, for the best view.
To check if the blades are all running at the same level, use a backdrop object, such as a doorway or window, as a reference point. Determine which blades are lower and adjust these using the mounting screws that secure them into the housing or fix them to the blade holder bracket.
Use a Ceiling Fan Balancing Kit
It may sound not very easy to use these kits, yet they are straightforward when you follow the instructions.
If the fan continues to wobble, using a ceiling fan blade-balancing kit from your local home improvement center or fan manufacturer can help.
- Turn off the fan
- Place the plastic clip from the kit in the middle of the blade’s trailing edge that you think is wobbling. Observe the operating fan from a ladder, like previously, to see how the additional weight affects it.
- Slide the clip out toward the end or move the clip back toward the motor after turning off the fan.
- Turn the fan back on and check your fan to see if anything changes.
- If required, keep moving and testing the clip’s location on this or other blades with the weight until the wobbling ceases.
- Apply a length of tape to the top of the blade’s center-line, in line with the clip, to temporarily secure one of the kit’s self-adhesive weights.
- Remove the clip and observe the fan’s operation. If it works, draw a circle around the weight on the blade, remove the tape, and adhere the weight to the blade permanently.
- Repeat this process on as many blades as needed until the fan runs properly.
Peel off the backing and then use this adhesive to stick the balancing weight on the top center of the blade, ensuring it is in line with the plastic clip used for alignment.
The blade balancing kit comes with additional weights, so you may need additional weight to balance a ceiling fan properly.