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7 Tips To Fix A Noisy Ceiling Fan

A ceiling fan is an electrical appliance that most of us take special care to choose. We all want a fan that complements the interiors of the room and operates trouble free for long. However, the problem begins when the fan itself becomes the cause of sleepless nights by making ugly noises that freak you out. As a matter of fact, a number of you would have come across such situations when the cacophony from the fan becomes a distraction. The good news is that there is no reason to fret because fixing a noisy fan is possible. While there may be a few fixes that you can carry out yourself, there are others that would require an expert’s intervention.

7 Tips To Fix A Noisy Ceiling Fan

Here are some causes and solutions of a noisy fan:

1. Clicking noise due to wobble

Clicking noises from fans can mostly be attributed to wobbling. Wobbling is the swaying of fan at high speeds. To fix wobbling, try to attach the hanging bracket to the structural member more firmly. If this does not resolve the issue, check if the down rod is striking the ceiling canopy or if the ceiling canopy is striking the ceiling. A good way to prevent such contacts is to insert a piece of padding between the parts.

2. Consistent mechanical grinding noise

Mechanical grinding noise may result from damaged bearings. Most modern fans come fitted with bearings that last beyond the life of the fan however should you come across such a problem, make use of the warranty provided by the manufacturer. In worst case, you may have to get the bearings replaced which may actually cost more than the fan itself.

3. Constant mechanical hum

Mechanical hum is caused when two elements of motor housing vibrate together quickly. Most fan mechanics may confuse it for electric hum because the speed of vibrations is very huge. To eliminate this hum, the best way is to identify the source and place padding between the vibrating parts.

4. Whooshing chopping noise like a helicopter

Whooshing noise like a chopper is due to disturbed aerodynamics of the blades. This problem can only be fixed by replacing the blades with better designed ones.

7 Tips To Fix A Noisy Ceiling Fan

5. Constant electrical hum

Electrical hum is generated when the fan is being used with a controller which is incompatible with it. While good ceiling fan manufacturers provide controllers that are compatible with the fan, having an incompatible controller is not a rare occurrence. Try to avoid using solid state controllers with ceiling fans. Ensure that the controller that came with the fan is only installed with it. Electrical humming sound is also a result of poor quality motor. Motor quality is usually a cost cutting area in budget fans. This cannot be fixed and the entire fan needs to be replaced in case there is something wrong with the motor.

6. Intermittent electrical hum

Intermittent electrical hum may be caused due to interaction of electrical devices nearby which are on the same electrical phase as the fan. This issue may need an expert’s intervention because the cause of interference may even be the air conditioner or washing machine from your neighbour's house. Ideal way to fix this problem is to switch to either of the other two phases available.

7. Rubbing or ticking mechanical noise

An inconsistent mechanical sound may either be due to a loose part or something that has gone out of place. Here is something that you can do to identify the source and fix it:

· Foreign element: Check that there is no packing material stuck inside.

· Rotor contact: Turn off the power and gently rotate the blades. Carefully look around the fan to see if the rotor and blades are making any contact with other stationary parts. There may be a little contact between the parts which can be separated by bending the non moving parts away from the moving ones.

· Axial alignment: The fan may go out of alignment due to worn out or poor manufacturing resulting in non concentric rotation which may not be cost effective to fix. It is best to contact the manufacturer in such a situation to avail warranty if applicable.

- While these tips on fixing a noisy fan may solve most of your problems with the fan, there may still be few that require a technician to look into. As a matter of fact most of the remedied mentioned above are best left to an expert to avoid accidents and ensure genuine rectification of the issue.

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