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How to Fix a Wobbly Ceiling Fan

A wobbly fan can be irritating, noisy, and even a safety hazard. If your ceiling fan is wobbling, you don’t want to put off finding a solution – it’s best to fix the problem as soon as possible. Luckily, it’s a relatively quick and simple process with our steps below.

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This information should only be used as supplemental material to the model-specific fan manual included with your purchase of a Hunter ceiling fan. Always refer to your manual for the most accurate instructions for installing your fan. If your manual has been misplaced, you can easily find and download the model-specific manual for your Hunter fan.

Why does my ceiling fan wobble?

Wobbling can stem from a variety of causes, including blades warping, loose screws, and faulty installation. While Hunter fans are built to be wobble-free, incorrect installation can cause an issue with imbalance or wobbling. Whether you have a Hunter fan or one from another brand, you can use our troubleshooting tips to help fix a wobbling ceiling fan.

Steps to fix a wobbly ceiling fan

First, grab a few tools and supplies that you may need to assess and fix your wobbly fan:

  • Ladder or step stool
  • Screwdriver
  • Tape measure
  • Duster

Now you're ready to get started.

illustration of ceiling fan measured 30 inches from the nearest object

01.

Turn the fan off and use a tape measure to make sure there’s at least a 30-inch clearance from the tip of the fan blades to the nearest object for safety. You may need to use a ladder or step stool to reach your fan.

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02.

Remove the canopy cover to examine the mounting bracket and make sure the fan is mounted properly. If the bracket is loose, use a screwdriver to tighten it.

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03.

Dust can build up unevenly on the fan blades over time and can infiltrate the fan motor, which could throw off the balance of your ceiling fan. Give a thorough dusting to all fan parts and then test the fan on the high speed setting. If your fan continues to wobble after cleaning, move on to the next step.

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04.

Tighten any hardware on the mounting plate, downrod, set screw, blades, and light kit.

Wear and tear from normal operation can loosen screws on a ceiling fan. Tighten any hardware on the mounting plate, downrod, set screw, blades, and light kit.

At this point, turn the fan on and see if there’s still a wobble. If so, turn the fan off and continue with the following steps.

illustration of ceiling fan with a warped blade

05.

Look for warped, bowed, or twisted blades. If even one blade is slightly distorted, it can create an imbalance. Check for warping by standing on a secure ladder and looking down the edge of the blade toward the motor. If there’s any curvature, the blade is considered warped. Repeat this step for each blade. If they do not appear uneven, double check the screws that attach the blades to make sure they're tightened and secure. Warped blades cannot be balanced. Depending on your fan, replacement blades may be available.

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06.

Use a ceiling fan balancing kit to even out the blade weight distribution. All Hunter fans ship with a balance kit and directions on how to use it. If you don’t have a Hunter fan, you may need to purchase a separate balance kit, which can be found at any home improvement store.

Learn how to balance fan blades with the steps below.

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For Hunter ceiling fans, our customer service team can assist in getting you replacement blades. If the fan still wobbles after you replace the blades, turn the fan off and try the next step.

How to balance a ceiling fan with a balance kit

Getting to the root of your off-kilter fan operation early can save you time and hassle and get your fan back in working order sooner. If cleaning your fan and tightening all the screws has yet to balance your fan, it’s time to try a fan balancing kit. Most balance kits, like those that come with Hunter fans, typically include plastic clips and ceiling fan weights.

So, how do you balance a ceiling fan? Follow these simple steps to learn.

ceiling fan fasteners

01.

Make sure your fan is properly installed and all fasteners are secure. Running the fan counterclockwise on HIGH for 10-20 seconds when testing for wobbling in these next steps.

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With your fan stopped, attach a plastic clip to the end of any blade. Run your fan and observe the wobble. Stop the fan and move the clip to the next blade. Repeat this process on all of the fan blades to locate the blade responsible for the wobbling.

illustration of ceiling fan balance clip in various positions along the fan blade

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Once the problem fan blade is identified, slide the clip up or down the edge of the blade to fine tune the balance. Run your fan and observe the wobble. You may need to do this multiple times, adjusting the clip in small increments along the edge of the blade until the least wobbling is achieved.*

*Make sure the clip and weights are securely attached to avoid injury.

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04.

At the location where you noticed the least wobble, adhere the balance weight in line with plastic clip, and remove the clip. Sometimes, you may need to add multiple balancing weights to get the best results.

Run the fan on high speed to see if the wobble has been corrected and confirm balance.

If you have a Hunter fan and cleaning your fan, tightening loose screws, and attempting to use a balance kit have not worked, please contact our support team at 1-888-830-1326 (the US or Canada) and explain the troubleshooting steps you have completed. Be sure to have your fan model number, which can be found in your Hunter manual, and your receipt handy when you call.

If you do not have a Hunter fan and your fan is still wobbling after trying these steps, it may be time to get a replacement. Hunter offers a wide selection of wobble- and noise-free ceiling fans in various sizes and styles to suit your space and give your home a much needed upgrade.

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