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Balancing a Wobbly or Noisy 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.

    Two methods DelMarFans' recommends to balance a ceiling fan:

  1. Cleaning and tightening all screws on your ceiling fan.
  2. Using 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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Hi, I'm Colby with Del Mar Fans & Lighting. Does your fan wobble like this one? Today, I'm going to show you how to fix a wobbly ceiling fan. You will need a ladder or a step stool to reach the motor housing.

Has it been a while since you've cleaned it? You may want to check out our How To Clean A Ceiling Fan video and give it a good scrub before you continue. Dirt and dust on your fan can cause it to shake, or even worse, damage it. So we'll wait.

Okay now that that's been taken care of, grab a Philips head screwdriver, check and tighten all the screws on your fan. Loosen your canopy and slide it down so you can tighten your mounting screws. Then verify that the hanger ball is seated in the groove.

Tighten the downrod support screws. Verify your blades are all the same distance from the ceiling to the blade. If you suspect any are lower, tighten those screws mounting the blades to the motor. We hope this video helped you fix your wobbly fan.

Add a comment below and let us know your thoughts. Thanks for joining me here at Del Mar Fans & Lighting. Bye.

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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

Step 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

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

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

Step 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

Step 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

Step 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

Step 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.

How to Use 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.

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Hi, I'm Colby with Del Mar Fans & Lighting and I'm here to talk to you about using a ceiling fan blade balancing kit.

Use a ceiling fan blade balancing kit as a last resort. If your ceiling fan wobbles head over to our How To Fix A Wobbly Ceiling Fan video and try those methods.

After trying those methods if your ceiling fan still wobbles then continue watching this video on how to use a blade balancing kit.

First, identify the fan speed that causes your fan to wobble the most. This is typically the highest speed. You'll use this speed when testing the clip. You're going to need a ladder and a blade balancing kit.

If you don't have a blade balancing kit then you can click the link above and purchase one from us.

Let's get started. Turn off your ceiling fan and place the balancing clip on the rear edge of your blade between the holder and the tip. Turn on the fan to determine if the wobbling had improved or worsened.

If there is no improvement, turn off your fan and move the clip onto the next blade. Then turn the fan back on and see if this is the blade that is unbalanced and if it isn't, repeat on all your blades until you find the one that is unbalanced.

That's still not it.

We've identified the unbalanced blade. With the clip on this blade the fan wobbles the least.

Now find the exact location of where to place the sticky weight by moving the clip up or down the blade based on how balanced it is when you turn it back on high speed. Press a balancing weight on the blade center line directly in line with the clip. Press the weight firmly to ensure it attaches. Then remove the plastic clip. Turn your fan back on to the highest speed and confirm that it's balanced.

This one looks pretty good. Leave a comment below and let us know what you thought of our fan blade balancing kit video. Thanks for joining me here at Del Mar Fans & Lighting. Bye.

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Four Steps to A Wobble-Free Ceiling Fan

Usually The Highest Fan Speed Creates The Wobble

Step 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

Step 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

Step 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

Step 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
Erick 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
Del 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
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
Alan Shank
Two of the blades on my fan are at a lower angle, apparently purchased that way. No balancing weight is going to make upf or that. I just bought the house and have no idea how that could happen.
May 2, 2016 at 8:01 pm
Del Mar Fans & Lighting
Hi Alan, Congratulations on the new home! It's unfortunate that your ceiling fan has issues. Luckily a quick call to the manufacturer can have new blade irons on the way. The new irons will provide added stability and balance. I hope this helps!
May 3, 2016 at 10:49 am
Alan Shank
Del Mar Fans & Lighting , I watched the YouTube video a few more times and it indicated that I could bend the blades back to the approximate correct angle. I didn't realize they were so bendable. Someone must have cleaned it and put their weight on the blades. I got it working smoothly now by bending them back and using a balancing kit. Thanks.
May 3, 2016 at 12:30 pm
Del Mar Fans & Lighting
That's great, Alan Shank! I'm glad you have it working well!
May 3, 2016 at 1:01 pm