How to Oil My Harbor Breeze

Steven French

Harbor Breeze ceiling fans are sold at Lowe's in a variety of styles, colors and designs. After installed, a ceiling fan generally requires minimal maintenance and only occasional cleaning. One maintenance task that may be required is adding oil to the bearings of the ceiling fan.

Add oil to a ceiling fan if it is making strange noises.

Many ceiling fans are designed not to need oil as the bearings are sealed. If your fan is making grinding or rubbing noises, however, it may require some oil to avoid damage to the ceiling fan.


Turn off the fan at the wall switch and with the pull chain before starting the repair process.

  1. Climb the ladder, if necessary, and locate the oil reservoir for your ceiling fan.

  2. Add oil to the reservoir. Test the operation of the fan to ensure the noise has stopped. If your fan does not have an oil reservoir, continue to the next step.

  3. Rotate the blades slowly by hand. Locate the area where the rotating parts connect to the stationary parts. This place is the location of the bearings.

  4. Add a small amount of oil to the seam where the bearings are located. Allow it time to soak into the seam. Repeat the process every few inches around the seam, allowing time for the oil to soak in. Start the fan to test whether the noise has been fixed.