Ceiling fans are essential for staying comfortable during those super-hot summer days. Keeping air moving helps it stay cooler. In an outdoor setting, a ceiling fan will help to keep those pesky bugs away. At some point, your ceiling fan might start to make noise. It’ll be super quiet at first, and you’ll probably be able to ignore it. Just know, that if left alone the noise will probably get worse. If you’ve got a noisy ceiling fan, here are some things that could be causing that and some possible fixes you can try!
Cleanup and Inspection
Before doing anything, you should start with giving the fan a thorough cleaning. This will make it much easier to see what’s causing the problem. If it’s been a while since the last cleaning, there could be enough dust on the blades to throw them off balance, which can cause the ceiling fan to become noisy.
Ceiling Fan Blades
Take a look at your newly-cleaned ceiling fan blades, particularly the brackets that hold them in place. Whether they are fastened with screws, bolts, or some other type of fastening system, the blades might just need to be tightened up a bit. Use a screwdriver or wrench to tighten them up and then turn the fan on to see if your fix worked.
If your fan has a light fixture, inspect that next. Make sure any and all shades, globes, bulbs, and other components are secure. Many ceiling fan shades and globes are just fastened with thumbscrews that are meant to be tightened by hand. Do not use tools to tighten these types of screws, as that could over-tighten and possible crack the glass.
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