Ceiling Fan Making Noise ? – Here is How to Fix It

Most people around the world often forget that ceiling fans are one of the most common and in-demand electrical appliances today. This electrical device has been in use for more than 50-years; most of them don’t even recognize that there is a ceiling fan in the room.

Unlike air-conditioners and air-coolers, a ceiling fan has a simple system, but it is efficient to keep a room cool by circulating the maximum air. However, under some circumstances, the ceiling fan could produce annoying noise, and there are several reasons why such issues happen. Here are some of the common noise issues related to fan and how to avoid it.

When it comes to ceiling fans, as mentioned above, it could produce annoying sound due to several reasons. However, one of the most important things that you should know is that, selecting a ceiling fan based on the room size is one of the things that you should never neglect, if the blade span of the fan is not appropriate, then there will be a consistent noise. This is due to air resistance, which is one reason why selecting a suitable size fan is important.

Based on ceiling fan anatomy –

The most important parts of a ceiling fan include, 

  1. Motor
  2. Bearing
  3. Blades

All the parts listed above could produce annoying noise under several circumstances. When it comes to motor, it could produce noise if it malfunctions, if the ball bearings become inefficient it could produce the worst annoying noise, on the other hand, I have already mentioned about the noise blades could produce.

Important things to know before fixing your ceiling fan noise–

While most of the electrical utilities like bulbs and others could be cleaned or fixed easily. All you have to do is simply get on top of a table, ladder, or chair and fix the issue. However, when it comes to ceiling fans, if you are not strong and careful, it could lead to accidents that could cripple you or give you permanent damages.

How to stop a ceiling fan from making noises

Ceiling fan noises could be very annoying and it could sometimes be a beginning of fan malfunction. This is why it is very important that, as soon as you hear any ceiling fan noises, you need to fix it. Here is everything you need to know and do to fix your ceiling fan noise issue.

Cleaning the ceiling fan –

One of the best ways to keep the ceiling fan from developing any noises while functioning is to clean the fan regularly. However, it is important that you know that cleaning a ceiling fan is not an easy task.

If you are confident that you can clean the ceiling fan without dismantling it or removing it from the ceiling, then it is the easiest way. However, cleaning it after removing the fan from the ceiling is comparatively more efficient. Here is how to do it.

  • Step 1: Remove the fan from the ceiling
  • Step 2: Now, take a cloth and dip it in water
  • Step 3: With the cloth, clean the blades, upside, and downside.
  • Step 4: If you have a vacuum cleaner, before wiping clean the blades, vacuum the dust and dirt from the motor housing, interior of the housing.
  • Step 5: Once you have wiped clean the blades, with a dry cloth, remove the water droplets from the fan.

Remember, the best way to avoid the fan from developing any annoying noise is to clean the fan periodically.

To fix gridding and squeaking noise –

One of the common reasons for a fan producing grinding noise is when there is a motor problem. Yes, grinding or squeaking sounds could be a result of the malfunctioning motor. Remember, a ceiling fan motor is coupled to a bearing that helps the blades rotate freely. The grinding sound could come from the motor itself or from the bearing as it becomes inefficient.

The one way you could fix the noise is to lubricate the bearing with an appropriate lubricant. Oil is a good lubricant, but you should not overdo the lubricating or else it could kill your fan. On the other hand, the motor malfunction cannot be fixed personally, you should dismantle the fan and send it to an expert. If you are planning to lubricate the bearing, then it is best recommended that you read the user manual.

To fix rattling and wobbling noise –

Rattling noises from a ceiling fan could be a result of loose screws and wobbling because the fan is not stable. The one way to fix the wobbling noise is to tighten the clamp that holds the fan to the ceiling and the best and simplest way to fix the rattling sound is to tighten the screws that hold the blade to the motor housing.

Once you have tightened the screws and the clamp and the noise are still not fixed, then, it means the blades on your fan is out of balance. There are ways to fix the balance of your blade, but it is pretty daunting; however, if you are up to a challenge, first purchase a fan blade balancing kit and follow the instructions mentioned in the user manual that comes with it.

Bottom line –

Fixing and avoiding the noises from a ceiling fan is an easy task. However, you should know what to look for. This is why it is very important to read the above-mentioned facts and then do everything as mentioned.