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If you are new to the world of personal cooling appliances and find yourself with a broken fan, you may want to learn how to make a fan blade yourself. The best fans, after all, feature blades that spin to push air throughout the room, and these blades break. So, what causes blades to break, how can you replace them, and is there any way to make a blade on your own? Keep reading to find out.
All kinds of things damage fan blades, depending on the manufacturing materials, which you’ll know if you have ever tried to learn how to make a ceiling fan quiet. Dirty blades, over time, degrade and break, forcing you to learn how to clean fan blades. Fan blades are constantly spinning, so the friction from an improper installation could damage the blades. In other words, learn how to install a ceiling fan.
Keep your fan blades clean to prevent excessive noise during use and to ensure a decent lifespan.
Leaving the fan on too often could also hurt the blades over time, especially if you are trying to force the fan to blow cold air.
Yes and no. You can make one out of a piece of cardboard, technically, but you’ll struggle to get it to integrate with the fan itself. Only attempt to build a fan blade if you are especially experienced with home appliances.
The worst has happened, and one of your fan blades has moved on to fan blade heaven. What can you do about it? You could try the aforementioned cardboard hack, but there are more realistic options to try first.
Your first and best option is to replace it with the same fan blade. Contact the fan’s original manufacturer for more information as to the purchasing and installation process. If you can’t find an original replacement part, shop for a lookalike that has been designed to integrate with your specific fan. Perform a web search to look for the right part. As for installing the blade once it has arrived, follow the instructions carefully.
You can try to fix it yourself if the damage is minimal, such as cracks. Use duct tape and other common supplies, like a piece of cardboard, to jury rig a system that will keep the fan blade spinning.
Some broken fan blades can still be professionally repaired by a general contractor or electrician. Contact someone local you trust and give them the rundown.
STAT: Nearly all ceiling fans have a switch located on the side of the fan base that lets you change the direction of the fan blades. (source)