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How to Quiet Fans

Fans are a great way to keep your house cool and save energy. Ceiling fans offer an invaluable extra feature---the ability to switch to reverse. This is of great use when the fan is in a room with a fireplace. Switching to reverse allows the warmer air to be gently pushed downward, warming the room. On hot days when air conditioning is in use, switching the fan to forward helps draw the cool air upward, and to then circulate it about the room. Sometimes fans become noisy, and interfere with your ability to hear the television, radio or enjoy conversation. There are several ways to quiet a fan, each at little or no cost to you.


Ceiling fans are an asset to any home.
    Keep fan blades clear of dust.
  1. Clean all fan blades using a damp rag. Avoid applying downward pressure to the fan blades.
  2. Noisy fans are a nuisance.
  3. Turn on the fan and observe it as it spins. Determine if there is a wobble in the fan's rotation.
  4. Keep your ceiling fans clean.
  5. Turn off the fan. If you detected a wobble in the fan, using a Phillips head screwdriver, gently tighten each screw in each fan blade where it attaches to the fan motor.
  6. Make sure your fan is lubricated.
  7. Apply silicone spray to the uppermost part of the fan motor, where the spinning force occurs. Turn the fan on and test for wobble and noise.
  8. Ceiling fan kits help balance your fan.
  9. Turn the fan off. Using a fan balancing kit, apply fan weights to the appropriate blades. After applying one weight, turn the fan on and observe noise and wobble. Turn the fan off.
  10. A quiet fan is a welcome fan!
  11. Apply another fan weight to the appropriate blade. Turn the fan on and observe noise and wobble. Continue this process until proper balance is attained and noise is gone or greatly decreased.

Things You Will Need

  • Philips head screw driver
  • Silicone spray
  • Fan-balancing kit

Tip

  • Clean fan blades in such a way that downward pressure is not applied.

Warning

  • Never work around a spinning fan.

About the Author

Lisa Larsen has been a professional writer for over 18 years. She has written radio advertisement copy, research papers, SEO articles, magazine articles for "BIKE," "USA Today" and "Dirt Rag," newspaper articles for "Florida Today" and short stories published in "Glimmer Train" and "Lullwater Review," among others. She has a master's degree in education and is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.

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