Spring time ceiling fan issues and how to sort them
Sorting ceiling fan problems
We’ve finally hit the Spring and the weather has decided to offer us a few glimpses of sunshine and hopefully the warmth we might look forward to in the Summer. It’s at this time of year that people tend to turn their ceiling fans on for the first time since the Autumn and blow some of the cobwebs, not to mention the dust, away. It’s also at this time of year that we are more likely to experience issues with our ceiling fans. Having sat on your ceiling dormant for quite a few months can sometimes be the catalyst for issues. Fortunately, most are easily rectified. Before even attempting to turn on your fan for the first time in a while I would always recommend giving it a dust down. It’s amazing how much dust can gather on the blades and the motor housing and it’s good practice to stop this dust from penetrating the joints and vents of the fan. A fan blade duster is handy when doing this.
Most issues experienced at this time of year revolve around a fans remote control. By this I mean the fans remote-control receiver unit. It is extremely rare to experience problems with a handset however the changing of the battery has occasionally sorted a few problems. If this doesn’t however have an effect, then it is almost certainly the receiver. This little piece of technology can be found 99 percent of the time under the dish that covers up the attachment to the ceiling. It literally picks up the instructions from the remote handset and tells the ceiling fan what to do. It is also the part that doesn’t like to be left dormant. When this little unit starts to play up it can cause a few different symptoms with your fan. It is quite rare for it to fail completely. Often people experience unusual symptoms such as their fan spinning but not stopping no matter what they do with the handset. Or the ceiling fans light will work but not the actual fan itself. If you control your fan by remote and something isn’t working correctly but other things are then it’s a sure-fire sign that the remote receiver is failing. Fortunately, a replacement receiver should rectify this, and we’ve covered in previous blog posts how to change a fan remote. If your fan is remote controlled and won’t turn off, then it is recommended to turn the power off to the fan by flicking off the breaker to the circuit. Once the breaker is turned back on the fan should still be motionless.
Another thing that we hear of from time to time is a fan wobbling a little bit when it is turned on for the first time in a while. It doesn’t take much to encourage a ceiling fan to wobble but this is usually quite simple to sort. If the fixing screws in the ceiling have moved ever so slightly this can be a factor. Tightening these screws can remedy this issue. If your ceiling fan is on a small drop rod, then you should be able to lower the dish that covers the attachment to the ceiling and access the ceiling screws for tightening. As I mentioned earlier, if your fan blades have gathered some dust then this can shift the weight balance and a heavier blade can disrupt things. Fantasia fans usually come with a balancing kit, so you can rectify any wobbles should they occur.
These are the main issues we hear about at this time of year but if you’re really not sure then you can give us a call on 024 7671 7043 or if you are concerned in any way we would always recommend calling a qualified electrician.
The author of this blogpost was Dave Riley. Ceiling fan & Lighting expert of 17 years with Lightahome Ltd.