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Ceiling fan wobbles / shakes / squeaks.
Tools / Materials (See Below for
Screwdriver (or other fastening device as determined by the
manufacturer's use of fasteners)
Torque wrench for u-bolts and lag screws
Fan-designed electrical box
Blade balancing kit
Very light wobbling of your ceiling fan while in
use is typical and permissible in the industry, however anything
more than that cannot be ignored, including any wobbling you think
is excessive based upon your experience, which is indicative of an
underlying dangerous problem that requires your immediate attention.
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 any of the aforesaid irregular
wobbling / shaking / squeaking, do the
screws to the the bracket housing attached to the ceiling and
then bring the unscrewed bracket housing down a bit enough to
see that the underlying electrical box of the ceiling fan is
actually noted somewhere thereon as one that is designed for a
If the electrical
box is one designed for a ceiling fan through such an expressed
label designation, your problem may lie with how the box is
secured. If the box is loose, use a torque wrench to
tightly fasten it with either lag screws or u-bolts to what
should be an existing solid block of wood that is a part of the
ceiling or a structure bracket. If the electrical box is
found to be not designed to be used for ceiling fans, you will
have to replace it with a fan-designed electrical box.
(This should fix your problem, as electrical boxes not designed
for ceiling fans are not meant, nor can they, withstand the
movement nor weight of a ceiling fan and can consequently cause
the wobbling / shaking you are experiencing.)
fan-designed box is tightened as much as possible and yet shaky
/ wobbly, you may need to add additional support to which the
box is secured, either through the installation of another block
of wood or otherwise. If applicable, make sure the
structural bracket that is attached to the electrical box is
tightly fastened, too. There are specialists in this area
that may provide additional insight into how to add additional
If a drop rod is
used to hang your ceiling fan from the ceiling, inspect this rod
to make sure the ball joint of this rod correctly works with the
bracket that supports the ceiling fan.
If the ceiling
fan still wobbles / shakes, lastly measure the blades of the fan
to ensure that each is evenly hanging from the fan body itself.
If not, the blades that are incorrectly hanging may, by now,
have suffered irreparable damage and should be replaced; contact
the manufacturer for replacement blades or otherwise visit a
home improvement store or fan specialist.
replacing the blades, if the ceiling fan still wobbles and
particularly squeaks, then purchase a blade balancing kit from a
home improvement store or online, which usually encompasses self-adhesive
weights that are specially designed to be placed on the blades.
Follow the manufacturer's instructions.
Should any of the
above possible problems be the applicable problem in your specific
situation, once you remedy it with the appropriate solution set
forth above, make sure you securely
fasten the bracket housing to the ceiling as originally found.
(For step 6, of course, the bracket housing should already be
re-secured, as the step does not require access to what is
underneath the bracket
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