Indoor ceiling fans are a great way to keep your home cool – and when you install and buy ceiling fans for your home, odds are that you will have several sound years of great air circulation and gentle white noise. However, over time, it is possible that your ceiling fans – even the best ceiling fans – may begin to show signs of wear, such as clicking noises or wobbling. These imperfections can have a variety of sources, but one of the most frequent causes is warped ceiling fan blades.
Ceiling fan blades come in a variety of shapes and materials, but they all share the vulnerability to warp over time. Things like kids using fan blades to build forts or even just continual temperature and climate variations may cause the warping. While this certainly isn’t a frequent occurrence, it does happen. The good news is that you can make your ceiling fan like new for just a fraction of the cost of a new fan.
INDOOR CEILING FANS: HOW TO REPLACE THE BLADES
Replacing ceiling fan blades is a relatively easy project for a seasoned DIY-er. You will need a screwdriver and a ladder to complete the swap.
1. Measure your current ceiling fan blades.
To begin, get the exact measurements of your existing ceiling fan blade. If you are unable to get precise measurements, consider securing a replacement blade that is made by the same company. Alternately, bring your ceiling fan blade with you to the store to match it up with potential replacement blades. It is very important that the blade sizes match in all facets because if they do not, you can throw your fan off balance, not only creating uneven airflow, but causing stress to the motor.
2. Turn off the main power and remove the damaged ceiling fan blade(s).
First thing first – to remove the warped or damaged blade, place your ladder under and slightly to the side of your ceiling fan; you want to make sure that you have an unfettered line of sight to your replacement site. For safety, turn off your fan’s main power source. Then, with your screw driver, loosen the screws that hold the blade in while holding the blade still with your other hand – once the screw are removed, lift the blade up and give it a slight jiggle to remove it from the mounting bracket.
3. Mount the new ceiling fan blade and test.
Once the existing blade is removed, you’re ready to mount the new blade. Place the new blade into the mounting bracket (small end in the bracket, large end facing outward), and then align the holes in the mounting bracket with the new blade’s screw holes and screw the blade in tightly. Be careful not to over tighten the screws, as doing so could warp or split your new blade – however, also make sure that they are not loose, as this may cause a wobbly blade that will quickly warp or break. Give the new blade a tiny jiggle to ensure that it is secure before turning on the power to the fan for a test run.
Aside from the shopping part, this swap can be completed in 15 minutes or less, provided that you have the proper materials for the job and that the blade is indeed the problem with your current ceiling fan.
If you are having an issue with your ceiling fan and would like to consult with a ceiling fan expert to diagnose the issue, please give us a call at 800-240-6267.