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Eliminating Ceiling Fan Noise

Ceiling Fan Maintenance

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A photo of a ceiling fan.

A photo of a ceiling fan.

Timothy Thiele

Ceiling fans are not only a great addition to your home for circulating both heat and air conditioning around a room, they also add beauty to a room. Some ceiling fans are huggers that hug the ceiling. Others have long extension poles that allow them to hang down from angled roof, like “A”-frame houses have. More and more, people have made ceiling fans a popular choice when building or remodeling their home. Ceiling fans have been documented to reduce both heating and cooling costs when they are used in addition to the heating and cooling units. These fans sometimes get used day and night, but sometimes not much at all. They do require maintenance from time to time and these are some things that need to be addressed when ceiling fans become noisy.

One of first things to check on when you have a noisy ceiling fan is dirty blades. Dirty blades can cause a fan to wobble and shake. To clean, simply use a soft cloth with warm, soapy water or mild grease cleaner in extreme cases to clean them. Dry the blades with a towel and after allowing it to dry, test the fan to see if the problem disappeared.

Sometimes, however, the wobble may be something very simple. Check the bolts that hold the ceiling fan blades onto the fan motor. From time to time these blades can become loose and the blade will wobble, causing undue noise.

An intermittent noise may be the fan blade brackets dragging on the fan shroud. Often times, the shroud can be adjusted by simply loosening the four shroud screws and moving its position to clear the rubbing sound. Then, just tighten the screw back into place and the fan is as good as new.

And then we come to probably the biggest culprit of them all, the light fixtures and their lenses. Some light kits have four lights that each has three set screws that keep the lenses from falling off. These screws loosen as vibration increases and falling light fixture lenses can be dangerous.

To help cure rattling lenses, you can also place rubber lens guards that are placed between the glass lenses and the set screws. These are the equivalent of a rubber band, but they do work in reducing the noises with loose lenses.

Remember, shaking or noisy fans are a sign that something is terribly wrong with your ceiling fan. This should be addressed immediately! New ceiling fans come complete with clips to attach to your ceiling fan blades in an effort to balance them when things get a little out of whack. A smooth-running ceiling fan can reduce your heating and cooling so don’t forget to take a few minutes to maintain the things that save you money throughout the year.

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