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Ceiling fan makes unusual humming sounds.
Tools / Materials (See Below for
Screwdriver (or other fastening device as determined by the
manufacturer's use of fasteners)
Anti-hum control device (that is compatible with your fan) used
to modify the fan switch
by Ideal Industries/ wire connectors
When you use your ceiling fan,
you may come to hear humming sounds emanating from it. This
most likely has to do with the speed control of the fan.
Relatively inexpensive fans usually lack this anti-hum control
feature. (Next time, you may want to invest a little more
money in a ceiling fan that is guaranteed not to hum or otherwise
Caution: When dealing with any device that requires electrical
power, make sure you take precautions before you work on it,
including disconnecting the power.
If you experience a humming sound coming from
your ceiling fan, do the
screws to the electrical switch plate to gain access to the
wires of the fan and its switch.
As a precaution,
use a voltage meter to make sure that the wires connected to the
fan are not live (have no power running through them).
(You should have disconnected the power to the fan from the
circuit breaker long ago, if you haven't done so already.)
these wires from the
electrical switch itself that is used to turn on the fan.
Take the above
wires, unravel them to be straight (if necessary), and twist
them with the wires of the new anti-hum control device.
Secure this new
twisting of wires from both the fan and anti-hum control device
as one with wire nuts™ / wire connectors.
Attach the anti-hum control device
to the interior electrical box exposed from the removal switch
plate with a screw (it should be provided by the
manufacturer of the anti-hum control device).
Put back the
switch plate into place and screw the screws to it to make it
secured as originally found.
power and turn on the fan, and it should then be able to operate
without the humming sounds.
Handyman Zone Team
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