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Ceiling Fans

Routine Care Task

Clean and examine

Priority

An out-of-balance or under-lubricated ceiling fan increases the wear on the fans motor, which shortens its service life.

An out of balance ceiling fan can also lead to safety hazards, such as loosening electrical wiring, or even the entire fan falling down.

Timing: 

March (yearly)


NOTE: The tasks and timings shown here for your Ceiling Fans are based on a single-family home (owned), located in Massachusetts, United States, with priority set at ‘1 star' or higher, for all possible goals.


If you set your personalization differently in your Home Wizard app, then you may get reminders for different tasks and timings in your recommended home care program for your Ceiling Fans.

How To

ceiling fans care Clean dust from the blades of the ceiling fan. Then, while the fan is operating, examine the ceiling fan. The middle of the fan should be almost completely still while it is spinning, and should not appear to be "wobbling".

If it is out of balance, this can be corrected with a "balancing kit" available from most hardware stores.

Regarding lubricating your ceiling fan, it depends on which brand / type of ceiling fan that you have. Some ceiling fans have "maintenance-free double sealed ball bearings" that never require oiling. Other ceiling fans have a small "oil hole" above the motor. To find this oil hole, you should ensure that the fan is turned off, stand on something very sturdy, and then check for the oil hole on the top portion of the motor. If it has such an oil hole, then add 4-6 drops of light machine oil (e.g., “3-in-One” oil) to lubricate the motor.

If possible, you might want to check with your fan manufacturer's website to see if they have a specific maintenance guide for your particular ceiling fan.

Helpful Accessories

Ceiling Fan Balancing Kit
Ceiling Fan Balancing Kit

Solves wobbling and squeaking fan

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Benefits

  • Maintaining Value
  • Avoiding Unscheduled Repairs
  • Health & Safety
  • Appearance

The benefits of this task are moderate, in that it can extend the useful life of your ceiling fan and help ensure its safe operation.

Costs

The cost of this task is moderately low. It is estimated that this task should only take about 30 minutes per ceiling fan to complete. You will need a ladder, mild cleaner, some light lubricating oil, .and potentially a balancing kit if the fan is found to be out of balance.

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