How to Oil a Ceiling Fan

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Ceiling fans help cool your home in summer and push warm air down to the floor level in winter, but running the fan year-around puts wear and tear on the motor. If you want to keep the fan running smoothly you'll need to oil it occasionally. Fortunately, it’s easy to oil a ceiling fan -- you don't need any tools and you won't have to disassemble anything. Keeping the fan properly lubricated has the added benefit of eliminating those squeaky noises.

Things You'll Need

  • WD-40 degreaser/cleaner in aerosol can with attached straw
  • 10, 15 or 20 weight non-detergent motor oil
  • Locate the oil hole by looking on the top of the motor near the down rod. It is usually located there and it will usually be labeled.

  • Insert the WD-40 straw into the oil hole and spray well. This will remove any dirt or grime on the bearings. Allow the WD-40 to dry and evaporate for 1 to 2 hours before continuing.

  • Fill the oil reservoir with about 1 to 2 ounces of oil.

  • Spin the rotor by manually rotating the blades. Let the fan spin for several revolutions.

  • Fill the reservoir up completely with oil, if it isn’t already full. Watch as you carefully pour oil into the reservoir; when it's full it will overflow onto the top of the motor. Wipe off any excess with a dry cloth.

Tips & Warnings

  • Warnings
  • Do not use oils containing detergents; they will gum up the bearings.
  • Do not rely on WD-40 to lubricate the motor of your ceiling fan; clean the bearings with a good spray of WD-40 and then lubricate with non-detergent motor oil.

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