5 Easy Ceiling Fan Installation and Maintenance Tips

5 Easy Ceiling Fan Installation and Maintenance Tips

  • Anna Ham
Just like any appliance or home furniture, you might need to do some ceiling fan maintenance like cleaning your ceiling fan and changing the ceiling fan light bulbs. Ceiling fan installation can seem intimidating. We're here to give you five easy tips for how to install your ceiling fan and do maintenance on it.

Ceiling fan downrod installation

Having a hard time feeding the ceiling fan wires through the pipe of your downrod? Try using good ol’ scotch tape or something similar to tape the wires to a thin wooden dowel rod. Simply drop the dowel rod through the pipe and the wires are fed through the pipe in a few seconds. Don’t forget to remove all tape once the wires are fed through to the other side!

Troubleshooting excessive wobbling

You are experiencing some wobbling with your fan. No worries - it may just be a small error in the ceiling fan installation. Try tightening all of the blade and blade iron screws until they are snug. You can also check the hanger ball (the top part of the downrod that you put into the ceiling fan bracket) to make sure it's properly seated - just make sure you turn the power off at the breaker and light switch as well as support the fan carefully. If all else fails, use the balancing kit that was included with your fan and use the instructions to balance the fan.

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During the warmer months, switch your use your ceiling fan in the counterclockwise direction. It will help save you money on your electric bills by allowing you to adjust your thermostat to a higher temp. During the winter, change the ceiling fan direction to run in a clockwise direction on low speed. This will help circulate the warm air in the room. Just remember that a ceiling fan cools people, not rooms. You’ll want to turn your fan off when you leave the room to keep energy costs down.

No one likes a noisy fan

You are experiencing a noisy fan (and possibly a mild case of insomnia). Try tightening the blade and blade iron screws until they are snug. You may also want to check and see if any of the blades are cracked. If they are, you must replace all of the blades. Why? Because over time, blades tend to droop down, and if you only change one of the blades, then it will be uneven with the rest and cause your fan to wobble.

Insufficient light output

Your lights dim when turned on or they don't turn on at all. This is important: Make sure the wattage of the light bulbs installed matches the specifications on the light sockets. It’s a simple solution that could make all the difference in the world.