Ceiling fans are highly effective at keeping homes cool, lowering energy bills, and providing extra lighting. Plus, they can last for a decade or longer. Still, even the most expensive, high-quality models malfunction occasionally. Fortunately, most issues can be easily fixed—as long as you have the necessary knowledge. Here’s what you need to know.

4 Ceiling Fan Problems & How to Fix Them


1. Noisy

A noisy fan can be quite annoying. Cheaper fans may just be noisy due to inferior components, so if you bought the fan at a home center, you may want to consider upgrading to a higher quality option.

If you have your fan motor connected to dimmer control, that will certainly cause your fan to hum and eventually wear out the motor. To fix this, replace the dimmer with a solid-state fan speed control. If the fan did not hum when it was new and has developed this over time, it may be time to replace the fan.

Ticking or clicking noises are usually caused by loose screws or unbalanced blades. Start by tightening any loose screws. Next, measure each blade to make sure they’re all equally distant from the ceiling. If they’re not, use a balancing kit, which contains adhesive weights that should be placed on imbalanced blades. Finally, examine the mounting brackets for damage, including warping or bending.



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2. Stuck at One Speed

Most of the time, this issue is a result of a blown capacitor. This part controls how much power is sent to the fan motor. If it breaks, not enough electricity will make its way to the motor, causing the fixture to run at a low speed. If it’s stuck at a high speed, the pull cord is likely disconnected or broken. Either way, you’ll need to inspect the motor housing for issues.



3. Not Running at All

Many times, the fan can be easily fixed, even if it’s not working at all. In other cases, a replacement may be needed. First, check if the power is reaching the device. If the light is working, but not the fan, then it is.

When both aren’t functioning, test the wall switch to ensure it’s getting power; the circuit breaker may have tripped. If you’re sure the issue isn’t the electricity supply, examine the wiring for loose connections. If you don’t see any obvious culprits, inspect the motor to see if it’s blown. Dust accumulation often causes this component to overheat and malfunction. You can either repair the motor or replace the entire system; the latter is often more practical, as fixing this part can be expensive.



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4. Flickering Light

Often, this indicates that the bulb needs to be replaced. In some cases, however, there may be a loose connection or voltage fluctuation. If the latter is the issue, you’ll notice flickering when you turn on large appliances, such as a dishwasher or washing machine. Hire an electrician to fix the problem, as the entire electrical system will need to be inspected.

Lights can also flicker if you are using a dimmer on a bulb that is not meant to be dimmed. This is usually the case with generic LED bulbs or CFLs.




When you’re ready to replace or upgrade your ceiling fans, Hansen Wholesale has the right products to illuminate and cool your home efficiently. They offer options from top brands, including Emerson® and Kichler®, and provide free replacement parts for five years. To learn more, call (800) 201-1193.