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How to Balance a Ceiling Fan? The Essential Guide

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 how to balance a ceiling fan and put an end to your wobbly woes. 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.

How to Balance a Ceiling Fan- Basic Steps

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. Learn how to balance a ceiling fan with these six foolproof steps.


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

How to Balance a Ceiling Fan in Six Foolproof Steps

Step 1 To Balance A Ceiling Fan: Loosen Canopy Screws

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

Second Step To Balance A Ceiling Fan Tighten Mounting Bracket Screws

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

Step Three Tighten Screws To The Downrod To Balance A Ceiling Fan

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

Secure The Fan Blades For The Fourth Step Of Balancing A Ceiling Fan

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.

Balancing A Ceiling Fan Step 5 Measure To Ensure Level Blades

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.

Turning On The Ceiling Fan To Confirm No More Wobbles Is Step 6

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. Learn how to balance a ceiling fan using a ceiling fan balancing 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

Usually The Highest Fan Speed Creates The Wobble

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.

Place The Clip On The Fan Blade And Determine Improvement

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.

Slide The Plastic Fan Blade Clips Until Instability Stops

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.

Place The Balancing Weight On The Faulty Blade

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.

Peter Evangelidis
Great how-to. Thanks a bunch
October 19, 2013 at 2:35 pm
Larry 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
Paul K Miller
Very well done and easy to follow! Thanks!
February 9, 2014 at 3:21 pm
Ron Gallagher
Good info. Clear concise easily understood.
June 30, 2014 at 8:30 pm
Michael Blue
very helpful & very easy to follow thanks a lot !
July 25, 2014 at 5:17 pm
Pierce Pierce Satelite
My ceiling fan on speed 3 is stable. But while on speed 1 , it looks vibrate on the motor.
January 12, 2015 at 9:09 am
Jon Keller
Informative and easy to understand then apply. Thanks
April 1, 2015 at 8:52 pm
Mark Williams
very helpful thanks
April 7, 2015 at 2:43 pm
Robert M Hunnicutt Sr.
Thanks for the info,Very helpful
July 15, 2015 at 5:30 pm
Aaron Murray
Very well done and helpfull, Thanks!
July 18, 2015 at 9:51 am
Kenneth Bradley
Very nice
August 1, 2015 at 8:31 pm
Tammy Miller
Very helpful,and easy to understand.Thanks so much.Keep up the good work..
January 5, 2016 at 6:19 pm
Tammy Miller
Larry Yeargan That sounds scary.Glad nobody got hurt.Would have scared the life outta me...
January 5, 2016 at 6:23 pm
Del Mar Fans & Lighting
Hi Tammy, I'm glad you gained a better understanding of wobbly ceiling fans and how to balance them. I hope we can help you to stay learning!
January 6, 2016 at 9:16 am