ceiling fan typically poses little challenge for a good handyman.
However, not many people realize it’s something they can do.
owner of Tony G’s Handyman Service in Burbank, Calif., says
homeowners can do it themselves if they know how.
John Marsh, owner of Ceiling Fan & Major Appliance Service Center
in San Antonio, you need to check the fan from the ceiling down,
starting with the mounting.
If your ceiling
fan wobbles, check the screws in the mounting to make sure they’re
If the blades
still wobble when you turn it on, you need to move on to balancing the
ceiling fan blades.
need to balance ceiling fan blades
One way to
balance a ceiling fan includes purchasing a ceiling fan balancing kit,
which you can buy at home improvement stores for less than $5. The kit
includes a clip and weights.
Or, you can try
using items already in your home. Griffith says you can tape quarters,
dimes and other coins to the top of fan blades to balance them.
To start, pick a
blade. Attach the test clip or weight to it. Marsh says to place the
clip on the center of the blade, on the trailing edge of whatever
direction the blades turn.
Turn on the fan
and watch to see if the fan becomes more or less wobbly. If less
wobbly, you’ve found the right blade. If not, move to the next
steps until you’ve identified the imbalanced blade. Afix the weight
to the blade, adjacent to where you placed the clip.
Griffith says if
you’re using coins to try different denominations — quarters,
nickels, dimes or pennies — to see which weight works best.
—Hire or DIY?
You may be able
to balance a ceiling fan yourself, but when in doubt, call in a
balance ceiling fans. Expect to pay a service call of about $50 to
$75, plus an hourly fee. If the job goes smoothly, it should take only
20 to 45 minutes per fan.