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If you are a newbie in the world of cooling appliances, you may wonder how to make a ceiling fan quiet. Some of the best fans, after all, are ceiling fans, and they tend to make a fair amount of noise during use. So, what steps should you take to get that ceiling fan to pipe down? Keep reading to find out how to fix a noisy ceiling fan.
There are many ceiling fan designs out there, as well as a number of issues that cause an increase in noise during use, similar to when learning how to stop a fan from wobbling. Fortunately, many of these troubleshooting steps are general maintenance procedures, so you won’t have to learn something as complicated as how to make a fan blade.
Exercise great caution when using a ladder to access various ceiling fan components and consider having a second person around in case of injury.
Here are a few simple tips to make your ceiling fan stop squeaking and start working for you, which are all applicable even if you are conducting a Westinghouse ceiling fan review. You might even learn something, such as why most fans have five blades.
Dust, grease, and related pieces of debris may not weigh a lot from our perspective, but they are heavy enough to weigh down fan blades, thus causing improper balance. When fan blades are unbalanced, they wobble, groan, and squeak during use. In other words, they make quite a racket. Make blade-cleaning a regular part of your routine, using a microfiber cloth to wipe away detritus. This stops the noise in the vast majority of cases.
Loose fan components also lead to a loss of balance, resulting in a significant increase in noise during use. Break out your favorite ladder and screwdriver and get to tightening. Start by tightening any and all screws and fasteners on the fan blades themselves. Next, move to the canopy and lighting fixture, repeating that same tightening process. Finally, tighten any screws and fasteners surrounding the mount and test to see if the noise has dissipated.
Most fans include a dedicated hole for oil or a lubricant of some kind. Break out the ladder again and fill this hole with a lubricant recommended by the instructions that accompanied your fan. When all else fails, you can purchase fan-specific oil. Lubricating the fan should resolve the issue of excessive noise.
STAT: Energy-Star rated ceiling fans move air up to 20% more efficiently than conventional fan models due to the advanced design of fan blades and motors. (source)