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Got an unbalanced ceiling fan and are you not sure how to use a balancing kit to fix the problem? In this article you can find out how to do this.
A balancing kit can be used to remove wobble from a ceiling fan by adding extra weight to the lighter blades of a ceiling fan. It’s best to check all other potential causes of ceiling fan imbalances before using a balancing kit.
Keep reading to find out what you should do before using a kit, how to identify the unbalanced blades and how to use the balancing kit to fix this.
Before Using a Ceiling Fan Balancing Kit
Before you grab your balancing kit, make sure to check a few other causes of a wobbling fan first:
- Are all the blades secured to the hub?
- Are the downrod screws tight?
- Is the fan mounted to the correctly and tightly to the bracket?
- Is the bracket securely mounted to the ceiling.
- Are the fan blades and motor housing clean?
- Is there any damage or warping visible on the blades?
Only after you’ve ruled out the things above should you use a balancing kit. Otherwise you could be covering up a bigger problem than a simple imbalance.
How To Find Out Which Ceiling Fan Blade Is Causing The Imbalance
To identify which blade is causing the wobbling in a ceiling fan, you can follow these steps:
- Place a visual marker on the blades: Something that’s easily visible when spinning like a colored piece of tape or post-it. Using a different color for every blade makes things much easier.
- Turn on the fan: Start by turning on the ceiling fan and letting it run at a medium or high speed. Make sure the fan is operating at a stable speed.
- Observe the markers movement: Watch the marker as the fan rotates. If one marker moves significantly up and down or side to side, it indicates that the blade it’s attached to is likely causing the wobbling.
- Opposite Blade: If one blade is running further to the outside the others, it’s likely that that blade is heavier. That means you need to add extra weight to the opposite blade. If your fan has an uneven number of blades you might have to attach weights to more than one blade since they don’t exactly oppose each other.
By systematically observing the movement of each blade, you can identify the one(s) that contribute to the wobbling. It’s important to note that sometimes more than one blade may be causing the issue, so be sure to check all the blades, more than one could be causing problems.
How To Use a Ceiling Fan Balancing Kit
Balancing a ceiling fan with a balancing kit can help reduce wobbling and vibrations, ensuring that the fan operates smoothly and quietly. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to use a balancing kit for a ceiling fan:
- Turn off the fan: Before you begin, make sure the ceiling fan is turned off to ensure your safety during the balancing process.
- Identify the wobbling blades: Above you can read how to find the blades that are likely the cause of the wobbling. It’s not a completely fool proof method but usually works well.
- Attach the balancing clips: Most ceiling fan balancing kits come with metal or plastic clips. Take one of the clips and attach it to the center of the leading edge of one of the blades opposite the one that you identified as causing the wobbling. The leading edge is the side of the blade that faces forward as the fan rotates. Place the clips in the middle of the blade.
- Observe the fan: Turn on the ceiling fan again and observe if the wobbling has reduced. If the wobbling has decreased, but the fan is still not perfectly balanced, proceed to the next step. If the wobbling is the same or worse, move the clip to the next blade. (Turn the fan off first of course.)
- Adjust the clip position: When you found the blade which is the culprit of the imbalance but the fan is still not perfectly balanced, try moving the clip towards the outer edge of the blade, in small increments. Repeat this process until you find a position that reduces the wobbling the most.
- Stick on a weight: Once you found that spot, take one of the weights from the kit (not the clips) and stick it in line with the clip, then remove the clip. The weight is best stuck onto the top of the blade since it’ll be more secure and out of sight.
- Repeat for other blades: Once you’ve found the right position for the first blade, remove the clip and attach it to the next blade you identified as causing wobbling. Only do this if there is still any wobble left of course. Repeat the process of adjusting the clip’s position until the wobbling is minimized.
- Test the fan: After you have adjusted all the necessary blades, turn on the ceiling fan again and observe if it is running smoothly and without wobbling. If the fan still wobbles, you may need to repeat the process or try adjusting the clips further.
Remember to always follow the specific instructions provided with your ceiling fan balancing kit, as different kits may have slight variations in the method.