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.
Clean all fan blades using a damp rag. Avoid applying downward pressure to the fan blades.
Turn on the fan and observe it as it spins. Determine if there is a wobble in the fan's rotation.
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.
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.
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.
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
- Clean fan blades in such a way that downward pressure is not applied.
- Never work around a spinning fan.