How to Fix a Squeaking Ceiling Fan


You love how your ceiling fan helps cool your house and cut down on your energy bills, but you hate how it squeaks whenever it's on. A squeaking ceiling fan isn't something you should have to listen to night after night and fixing it is fairly easy.

  • Try some WD-40 or lubricating oil for machines on the bearings. Make sure the fan is off and let it work for a few minutes before turning the fan back on. If it solved most of the problem, try just a little more WD-40. In many cases, this will solve the squeaky problem.

  • Tighten any screws or bolts. Perhaps two loose pieces rubbing up against each other is causing the squeaking.

  • Clean your fan and get rid of any dust in the bearings. You can use a can of compressed air to get all the dust out.

  • Make sure the fan is balanced. If it's wobbling and that's causing the squeaking, you've got a bigger problem on your hands than just a squeaking ceiling fan. Try balancing the weights (with a balancing kit purchased at a home improvement store) or changing the fan blades to fix the wobbling.

  • Consider replacing the ceiling fan. Sometimes squeaking is just the first symptom of the bad bearings.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always turn off your fan before playing with it or attempting to fix it.

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