If you thought about your home’s ceiling fans today, chances are it’s because something is wrong with them. After all, these fixtures are all too easy to forget — until they start misbehaving.
Ceiling fan repair can be tricky, even for experienced DIYers. Despite seeming relatively simple, ceiling fans can be quite complex to repair because of the way they’re wired. So if you’re having a ceiling fan problem, your best bet is to call professionals for electric repair service. Here are some common ceiling fan issues to watch out for:
While your ceiling fan is operating, do you hear grinding, clunking, humming, or other alarming noises? These sounds aren’t supposed to be happening and indicate that your fan needs repair or service, especially if you’ve ever heard any of them when your ceiling fan suddenly stopped working.
Some sounds aren’t so scary when investigated further. Do you hear a rhythmic “clink?” Check that your hanger ball is firmly attached to the pull cord before you call for help. If it’s loose, you might have just found the source of that annoying sound.
Swaying and Wobbling
If your ceiling fan wobbles like a cartoon character who’s had a little too much to drink, it might be coming loose from the ceiling. Rather than fruitlessly trying to tighten loose screws or buying cheaply made fan light kits online, contact our indoor and outdoor lighting installers for assistance. We can make sure the fan is firmly affixed, and any wiring issues are resolved.
Safety Note: If your fan ever starts to seem like it’s coming loose, turn it off and wait to switch it on again until you’ve received the go-ahead from our crew. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.
Does your ceiling fan double as a light source? Many fans have built-in lighting, especially in more modern homes. Sometimes, this lighting beginning to malfunction can be an early indicator that the fan isn’t working properly. Usually, power is diverted to the lighting through the blue wire controls, while the fan receives power through the black wire controls. However, this may not be the case if the installation job was done incorrectly. If you’ve replaced the light bulb(s) in your ceiling fan, but the lights continue to flicker, there may be an underlying electrical problem that interrupts the power supply to the fan.
Weak or Unresponsive Motor
Do you struggle to notice if your ceiling fan is operating at all? If your fan turns on but barely moves (even after you’ve mashed the remote control buttons), or it just doesn’t turn on at all, this is an obvious trouble sign. Your fan might also stop working randomly or turn off and on like it has a mind of its own. No matter what’s going on, if the motor in your ceiling fan isn’t receiving power properly, you need to get in touch with the pros for repair.
Missing or Damaged Blades
Missing or damaged ceiling fan blades are definitely a reason to seek professional help. Finding a matching fan blade for your particular model can be difficult or even impossible, especially if the manufacturer no longer carries the right product. If enough blades are damaged or missing, it may actually be more cost effective to replace your ceiling fan altogether.
We’re Your Biggest Fan!
Frustrated with your fan? The Wire Doctors can help. We provide residential and commercial electrical services throughout Pennsylvania and would be happy to help you get your ceiling fan(s) running again! Whether the issue is with the fan itself or a bigger problem with your circuit breaker, our friendly licensed electricians are ready and willing to find a solution. Contact us by phone today or set up service online anytime, and we’ll be there right away.