3 Common Problems With Ceiling Fans and Their Solutions



Naturally, because ceiling fans are installed overhead, they experience much more extreme conditions than you would experience if you lived in a normal household. Still though, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to have your ceiling fan periodically checked to make sure that it keeps operating properly at all times. Many times homeowners forget about their fan until they have a problem and don’t think they have the skills to fix it themselves. But overall, there are three common problems with ceiling fans and their solutions so you can at least get a head start on what to do.


  1. The fan tends to turn on and then shut off.

With a motor, the speed of the motor is determined by the air that swirls around the blades of the fan. With a worker’s basic understanding of the power source and reason for the RPMs, it is simply a matter of adjusting the blades accordingly to the RPMs and this will keep the fan on, regardless how hot it is outside.

Specifically with ceiling fans, the blades get and stay hot because motors run year-round in temperatures that can reach 150 degrees, if not higher. For this reason, if your fan doesn’t move then you’ll want to check an easy fix first, such as ensuring that the mounting plate at the ceiling wasn’t bent or wiggling at the mounting slider. Sometimes variable speed fans operate with the pump circulating a completely different set of blades. If this is causing a problem then you can simply adjust both the speed and direction of the motor.

  1. Fan makes mechanical and electrical sounds.

If you hear a humming sound coming from your fan even though it isn’t operating, then it’s possible that air is getting trapped in between the blades. When the motor turns, you’ll want to make sure that the fan blades aren’t clogged with dust or other particles. Also, look for the fan’s control box and check the bolts on both the fan base and motor housing bracket. Finally, if you hear a soft whirring sound but your fan is on, then you’ll want to perk up the fan’s strength by changing out the blades with aluminium fans.

  1. Fan makes an extremely intense or loud humming noise.

If your fan is making a loud, extremely intense noise then you’ll want to turn off the fan and check the bearings that the fan may be having. It may be that there are some loose screws in the motor or that it is vibrating from inside.

Of course, the biggest reason why a ceiling fan gets noisy is because there is some motor vibrations and a low speed motor will certainly have more noise than aihter speed one. For an indoor ceiling fan that is located on an overhead, you’ll want to see a sign that lets people know that the fan is operating. If there is no sign then you can operate your fan by simply reducing the speed of the motor.

As you can see, there are also some problems that you can solve by yourself if you think you’re up for the job. Of course, unless you live in an immovable house you should shut off the power to the main circuit in your home and call an electrician to fix these problems for you or if a small motor replacement isn’t going to be enough then you should call a professional or at least get some advice about which of the tricks above is going to fix your problem.