Sign In to join the community | Help
Heating & Cooling

How do you balance a ceiling fan?

We have a ceiling fan mounted in an extra garage. When it spins, it tils and moves around. How do we get it balanced?

Not what you were looking for ? Try posting a question
Posted 2014-01-21T19:42:32+0000  by prettyinpynk prettyinpynk

Hi prettyinpynk,


Thank you for your question and welcome to our community.


Before you start, here are a few items you may need to complete your ceiling fan balancing project:


  1. Measuring tape
  2. Screwdriver-both blade and slotted
  3. A balancing kit


Before you begin any work on your ceiling fan, be sure to disconnect any power to the fan. If the fan is running, allow it to come to a complete stop on its own.  Do not stop the fan blades with your hands! 


Check to see if the ceiling fan is securely mounted to the garage ceiling.  Once you have determined that the mount is secure, check the fan blades for any dust build-up.  Clean the fan blades thoroughly and then check to see if all the blades are screwed in tightly.   


Once this is accomplished, plug the fan back in and turn it back on to see if you still have a wobble.  If the problem persists, then one of the blades may be out of balance or out of alignment. 


Use the measuring tape to determine or a yardstick to check the distance from the ceiling to the center tip of each ceiling fan blade. Those fan blades that are more than ¼ inch out of true from the other fan blades may be the ones out of balance.  If there is not an adjustment available on the ceiling fan blade, you will need to pick up a ceiling fan balancing kit. 


Check with your local Home Depot for the balancing kit.


Take the U-clip that is provided in the kit and place it in the center of the suspected blade.  Turn the fan back on to see if this decreases the wobble.  This will be a trial and error project.  Move the U-clip to a different spot and try it again.  


Do not be afraid to check different blades.  See which blade is most affected by the presence of the clip by decreasing the wobble.  The one where the wobble is decreased the most is the one where you will need to put the weight. 


Once you find the spot where the wobble has been decreased the most, remove the U-clip and place the weight on the top center portion of the blade where the U-clip was last positioned.  If your ceiling fan still has a wobble to it, you may need to add more weights to the blade or remove the weight and find a better location on that blade.


How to balance your ceiling fan


Please let us know if you have any further questions.

Posted 2014-01-21T21:07:46+0000  by Rick_HD_OC
Not what you were looking for ? Try posting a question