How to Troubleshoot a Ceiling Fan

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Ceiling fan motors usually require very little maintenance, but occasionally they will have a circuit breaker popped or they will become wobbly. Add weight to balance fan blades on ceiling fans with help from a home repair specialist and remodeling contractor in this free video on home improvement and maintenance.

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Hi, I'm Tim Gipson. I'm going to talk to you about how to troubleshoot a ceiling fan. Now ceiling fan motors are pretty well low maintenance and they don't have a lot of stress on them so usually if your ceiling fan is not working maybe because you have a circuit breaker popped or something like that or if it's a really old ceiling fan it could be just the motor has burned out. But if they're fairly durable will run. So really the biggest problem that you run in to with ceiling fans is it'll have a wobble in it when it's running. And if it's wobbling or shaking back and forth while the fan is operating what that means is you've got a fan blade that's out of balance. So here's how we check that. What you want to do is get up on a stool and you're going to take a tape measure and you want to hold the tape measure to the ceiling and we'll just start on one particular blade here. And this one's about ten and a quarter so I will spin, now check. That one's about and a quarter. And what we'll do is we'll check this. Now if you happen to get one like this where this one's ten and a half that means you've got a heavier blade. So what we need to do, this is a five blade fan, so what we're going to have to do if this is heavier , we're going to have to come to this opposite side. And now how we do this to balance this out is you can use pennies or nickels and some double stick tape. Carpet tape works very well. So what we'll do is we'll take pennies or nickels and we'll put them on top of the fan blade and then we'll go through the process where we measure from the ceiling. And what we want to get for each one of those fan blades, we want to have a consistent measurement from the ceiling. So you will just add those weights. Now once you find the right weight on top of the blades, again you just put those in place, stick them in place with double stick tape and they'll stay up there and now your fan blades are balanced and you won't have any wobble and you'll have a smooth operation of your fan. And that's really the biggest problem that you usually run in to with ceiling fans today. So I'm Tim Gipson and that's how you troubleshoot a ceiling fan.


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