A rotating ceiling fan can sound louder than a jackhammer and more annoying because it's in the room with you. But don't get rid of it. Keep reading to find out how to get your rotating ceiling fan set up quickly and efficiently.
Step 1. Check the fan blades for dust and build-up
It is easy to skip cleaning the fan blades when you are cleaning the house for months or even years, during which time a lot of dust can accumulate, causing the blades to lose balance and begin to wobble. With the fan off and the blades stationary, remove excess dirt from the tops, sides, and bases of the fan blades with your cleaning product.
Put the fan back in place and check how it spins. If everything remains the same, then one of the blades is unbalanced
Step 2. Check and make sure all blades are well screwed on
Look at the fan flywheel, which is partially bolted to the ceiling, and locate where the blades are bolted to the mechanism. Use a screwdriver to tighten any bolts that you feel are loose.
Or, at this point, you can unscrew all the blades and clean them again. Dust can collect between the blades and the flywheel, causing vibration over time. If any of them wobble, then unscrew them, remove and clean the blades before screwing it in
Step 3. Measure the balance of the blades
Using a ruler or criteria, measure the distance between the end of each blade (farthest from the flywheel) and the ceiling. Measure each blade.
If some distance is slightly larger than others, try to bend it gently, up or down, where the blade is secured. Be careful not to push or snap anything attached to the flywheel. Just apply a little pressure to align the blade
Step 4. Weight the blade with a balancing clip
For 35-70 rubles, you can buy a blade balancing kit in many hardware stores. The kit should include U-clips and some small self-adhesive weights. You may think you need more than one kit if you have significant hesitation, but most likely you won't.
Step 5. Place a paperclip in the center of the paddle
Attach the supplied U-clip to the center of any of the blades and see if the wobble diminishes when you turn on the fan. Turn off the fan and move the paperclip to the same location on the other paddle. Check which paddle, if present, has the effect of reducing wobble. This means that you must load this blade with a paper clip.
Step 6. Determine the best weight position
Start at the center, then work the paperclip all the way down the blade, turning on the fan to check for vibrations. Move the fan gradually up and down a few centimeters to determine which position is most keeping the blades from wobbling.
Step 7. Load the fan
Once you find the problem area, remove the paperclip and replace it with the adhesive weight that comes with the kit. You will want to place the weight on top of the fan. It should have a plate - from a self-adhesive surface, with which you will fix it.
If the fan is still wobbling, you can add another weight to the same blade. If the wobble increases, remove the weight and use a paper clip to find a more suitable location
- Most fans on long rods can't help but wobble. Try switching to short rods if possible.
- Cheaper or older fans are made to oscillate. If you need to replace a fan, make sure the axle pieces are firmly fixed, ensuring that your fan doesn't wobble next time.