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 Del Mar Fans & Lighting recommends to balance a ceiling fan:

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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.


  • Tape Measure
  • Step Ladder
  • Screwdriver

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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.

  • You have cleaned your ceiling fan and ruled dirt out as the wobbling culprit.
  • You've secured and tightened all the screws on your ceiling fan's motor and blades.
  • 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 ceiling fan accessories to purchase a blade balancing kit.

How To Use A Ceiling Fan Balancing Kit

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.

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August 15, 2016
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