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How to Balance a Ceiling Fan

It is relatively simple to fix an irritating wobbly ceiling fan by following few of these simple steps.
Parashar Joshi Oct 28, 2018
It's been a hot and tiring day, you walk into your living room, flop down on the sofa, turn on the fan, and then it happens―in place of the gust of cool air that you long for, all you have instead is a wobbly, creaky fan and no air at all.
Those wobbly ceiling fans can be really frustrating at times. Apart from reducing the airflow and the circulation, they can lead to wear and tear of the internal motor, thereby shortening the lifespan of the fan.
Here are some of the common indications of a ceiling fan being unbalanced:
  • Pronounced shakiness of the fan blades
  • Noticeable amount of wobbling
  • Unusually high noise while spinning
  • Excessive vibration
It is necessary to first identify the root cause of the problem before you actually undertake the task of leveling the unbalanced fan and stabilizing it.

Balancing a Ceiling Fan


1. First and foremost, check for any obvious signs that could indicate the possible reasons for the wobbly motion of the fan. Typical examples would be a piece of paper, cardboard, cloth, or any other foreign body that may be jammed between the fan blades, motor, etc.
2. Inspect the fan blades and check whether they are bent, cracked or are excessively worn out. If they are damaged beyond repair, you will have to replace them with new ones.
3. Examine the blade screws and check whether any of them are loose, or have broken. Tighten all the loose screws and replace the broken ones.
4. Check whether all the fan blades are of the same size, length, thickness and material. For proper functioning, it is necessary for all the blades to have the same dimensions.
5. If the fan is whirring unusually, examine the motor and the belt. Check for any loose bearings or other debris which could be obstructing the normal motion of the motor.
6. Inspect the belt. It is easy to make out whether a belt is in good condition, or whether it is completely worn out. Replace the belt, if necessary.
7. In spite of this, if the fan continues to wobble, try using a balancing kit.

Using a Balancing Kit

These days, balancing kits are provided with all ceiling fans by default. In case you do not happen to have one, you can buy it from your local hardware or home decor store. A blade balancing kit typically consists of a couple of balancing clips, and a few balancing weights, each having an adhesive layer at the back.
Here's how you should go about using the blade balancing kit:
1. Turn on the fan, operate it at different speeds and identify the speed at which it wobbles the most.
2. Now, attach the balancing clip on one of the blades, such that it is approximately at the center of the blade. Run the fan at the earlier speed and check whether the wobble has lessened.
3. If not, remove the clip, attach it in the same manner on the adjacent fan blade, and repeat the process. Continue switching blades until you reach a point where the wobble has completely stopped. This will help you to identify the troublesome blade.
4. Remove the balancing clip from the blade and attach one of the balancing weights in its place, starting with the lightest one. Run the fan once again and observe whether the blade is still wobbly.
5. If it is still wobbling, remove the balancing weight and attach a slightly heavier one in its place. Repeat this process using different weight sizes till the wobbling completely stops. Make sure that the weight is properly glued onto the fan blade, else it could slip off while the fan is running.
Although selecting a suitable ceiling fan can be tricky, balancing a wobbly one is no rocket science; it simply requires patience, and a bit of common sense on part of the individual.