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How to Balance a Ceiling Fan

We show you how to adjust and balance your ceiling fan blades to stop the wobble and rattle. Get your fan running smoothly again in 15 minutes.

By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine

  • TIME
  • Time Instant!
  • Adjustments will take about 15 minutes. Add another 10 minutes to clean the tops of the blades!
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  • COMPLEXITY
  • ComplexityComplexity Simple
  • Minor adjustments and using the kit are easy.
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  • COST
  • Cost Under $20
  • A fan blade balancing kit costs about $2.
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Balance the ceiling fan blades

If your ceiling fan wobbles and makes more racket than an unbalanced washing machine load, read on;we've got the fix for you. Ceiling fan wobble is caused by imbalances in the fan blades or blade holders, misalignment of blades, excess dust accumulation or just loose blade holder mounting screws. Restore your fan to its smooth-running days of old before you wear down the moving parts.

First, make sure all the blades are tightly screwed into the blade holder, and the blade holder is firmly screwed into the fan flywheel. Remove any dust or buildup from the fan blades with a household cleaner. Run the fan to check the wobble and to dry the fan blades. If the wobble persists, one of the blades may be out of alignment.

Check blade alignment with a yardstick by measuring the distance from the edge of any blade to the ceiling (Photo 1), and make a note of the distance. Measure all the other blades in exactly the same manner. If any blade is out of alignment, gently bend the blade holder up or down until the blade is in line with the others.

Turn the fan on to see if it spins smoothly. If it still wobbles, pick up a blade balancing kit from a hardware store or home center. The balancing clip will balance the fan blades, eliminating the wobble.

Photo 2 shows how to attach the balancing clip and pinpoint the wobble. Once you’ve found the best location for the clip, install a balancing weight on the blade as shown in Photo 3. Add more weight if needed to get a smooth-running fan.

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    • Fan blade balancing kit

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February 16, 1:03 PM [GMT -5]

Word of CAUTION: The improper mounting device could be responsible for the wobble of your ceiling fan. If you are planning to replace an existing light fixture with a ceiling-suspended (paddle) fan, the outlet box or outlet box fixture MUST be listed and marked as "Acceptable for fan support." These requirements are found in the NEC 314.27(C). Keep in mind, your existing outlet box may or may not be able to support the weight of the fan and the light kit. Be Safe !

June 29, 12:17 AM [GMT -5]

We used a nickle and dime with some tape, and wa-la, balanced, and been running like a top now for 11 yrs. Just need to remember those coins are up there when cleaning the blades, but 15 cents beats 20 bucks.

June 28, 6:21 PM [GMT -5]

Yes this is an easy fix, and you still see so many wobbly fans. Thank you for the step-by-step instructions.

June 28, 1:33 PM [GMT -5]

Such a simple fix amazing how many wobbly ceiling fans you see out there and yet nobody never fixes them?

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