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How to Balance a Wobbly Ceiling Fan

Stop the Wobble and Learn How to Use a Ceiling Fan Balancing Kit
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A high speed wobbly ceiling fan will strike fear in the heart of anyone standing under it or even near it. An unbalanced fan could also end up with damage to the motor’s bearing and bushings. This could lead to an irritating unnecessary fan noise. Below we will teach you to safely balance your ceiling fan. Don’t forget, anytime you work on ceiling fans be sure to turn the fan's power off at the breaker.  
Have you already tried going through troubleshooting steps to balance your ceiling fan? Still wobbling? No worries! Learn how to use a ceiling fan balancing kit.
Basic Steps to Balance Your Ceiling Fan

First, make sure dirt hasn’t accumulated on the fan causing things to loosen and start to shake. Clean your fan using our How to Clean Your Ceiling Fan guide. You also want to check your blades to ensure none of them are uneven or warped. If your blades have begun to warp you will want to replace them. You can find most blades on our ceiling fan blade accessories page. Make sure your new blades are made by the same manufacturer as your ceiling fan. It is best for all ceiling fan blades to be at the same height from the ceiling. A single uneven blade could lead to an unbalanced fan. This could eventually cause damage to your fan. If these basic cures don't work, it’s time to get serious. Try our six foolproof steps. 

 

 

 


MATERIALS

Tape Measure

Step Ladder

Screwdriver

 

PRODUCT USED

We used a Minka Aire Ceiling Fan for this video/these images.


Six Foolproof Steps to Balancing a Ceiling Fan

Loosen screws on the canopy.

1. Loosen the screws on the canopy cover. Slide the canopy down to expose the mounting bracket.

Tighten screws on the mounting bracket.

2. Tighten screws on the mounting bracket and outlet box.

Loosen screws on the canopy.

3. Tighten screws on the downrod and verify all pins are firmly in place.

Tighten screws on the mounting bracket.

4. Secure fan blades to blade holders. Secure blade holders to the motor housing. Adjust bent blade holders by gently pressing up or down on the bracket.

Loosen screws on the canopy.

5. Measure the distance from the tip of each blade to the ceiling. All blades should have the same vertical distance from the ceiling. Adjust any bent blade holders until all blades are at an equal distance from the ceiling.

Tighten screws on the mounting bracket.

6. Turn on the ceiling fan and confirm wobbling has stopped.

If wobbling persists, you may need a blade balancing kit to stabilize the ceiling fan. Below we show you how to use that kit.

 

 

Monte Carlo Blade Balancing Kit

Before breaking out your ceiling fan balance kit, first, make sure you've solved the problem causing your fans blades to become unbalance. Use the checklist below before getting started on this project.

 

1. You have cleaned your ceiling fan and ruled dirt out as the wobbling culprit.

 

2. You've secured and tightened all the screws on your ceiling fan's motor and blades.

 

3. You've made sure none of your blades are warped or tarnished.

 

Now you're ready to get started with your balancing kit to restore the fan's stability. A blade balancing kit consists of a plastic clip and three balancing weights. Most new fans include a balancing kit; however, a ceiling fan balancing kit may be purchased for a low price.

 

 

See Del Mar Fans and Lighting's selection of Monte Carlo ceiling fan accessories to purchase a blade balancing kit.

Four Steps to A Wobble-Free Ceiling Fan

Step One Speed

1. Identify the speed that causes the most wobbling. Typically, the highest speed produces instability. Turn fan off and wait for the blades to stop.

Step Two Plastic Clip

2. Place the plastic clip on the edge of the blade, halfway between the blade holder and the blade tip. Turn fan on and determine improvement.

Step 3 Plastic Clip

3. If there is no improvement, turn off the fan again. Slide the clip along the length of the blade to locate the source of instability. Repeat for all blades.

Step Four Balance Weight

 

4. Once you've found the faulty blade, press a balancing weight on the centerline. The weight should be parallel to the clip.

 

If a ceiling fan balancing kit does not solve your wobbly woes, verify the outlet box used to install the ceiling fan is rated for fans only and is capable of withstanding the fan's weight. In addition, determine that the outlet box is firmly attached to the ceiling joists. You may contact a licensed electrician to review the installation. If all of these options fail and you've decided it's time for a new ceiling fan, view our How to Buy a Ceiling Fan guide to help find the perfect fan for you. 

FB ImagePeter Evangelidis
Great how-to. Thanks a bunch
October 19, 2013 at 2:35 pm
FB ImageErick Loos III
My fan blades are uneven up to an inch off. I'm afraid to BEND the blade holder. what should I do?
October 25, 2013 at 4:50 pm
FB ImageDel Mar Fans & Lighting
Hi Erick, Applying gentle pressure to a blade holder should not bend the holder. However, if one or more of the blade holders are warped, you may need to consider replacing the blade holders altogether. We hope this helps!
October 30, 2013 at 1:10 pm
FB ImageLarry Yeargan
You might also check screws that hold blades on from time to time. Jumped wide awake one night after hearing a loud noise downstairs. Got up looking around and didn't see a thing. Next morning discovered the fan had slung a blade across the den knocking a huge hole in the sheetrock and then bounced off that wall knocking another hole in the corner of room. On high, these thing must have some velocity.
November 15, 2013 at 12:32 pm
FB ImagePaul K Miller
Very well done and easy to follow! Thanks!
February 9, 2014 at 3:21 pm