How to Balance Hunter Ceiling Fans

Hunter ceiling fans are know throughout the industry for quality and reliability.

Balance Hunter Ceiling Fans with this method.Balance Hunter Ceiling Fans with this method.
But sometimes even the best ceiling fans need to be balanced. Wobbly blades are a sign that your Hunter ceiling fan is a candidate. If the situation remains unchecked, not only is it annoying but serious mechanical damage can result. Both the shaft and the fan mounting fixture bearings can malfunction due to the stress of a wobbling fan, so a balanced Hunter ceiling fan is a must for both efficiency and longevity.

Tighten all the holding screws that attach the blades to the blade holders. A wobble can occur because the fan blades are not tight and move around in their mountings.

Wipe off every fan blade with a damp rag. Dirt build-up can cause a fan to become unbalanced. Remove all dust and dirt, then turn the fan on to see if it still wobbles.

Measure from the tip of each fan blade up to the ceiling. Each blade should be exactly the same distance. Any blades that are under or over the measured amount can be slightly bent upwards or downwards at the metal holder. Turn on the fan. If it still wobbles, you will need a fan balancing kit.

Unpack your fan balancing kit and find the plastic clip-on weight and several metal stick-on weights. Find the middle of any fan blade by measuring the length of the fan blade and dividing by two. Attach the clip-on weight at this middle point and then turn the fan on. If the wobble increases, go to the next blade until the wobble decreases. You have just found the unbalanced blade.

Move the clip-on a few inches up or down the unbalanced fan blade until the wobble stops. At the point where the wobbles stops, attach one of the metal stick-on weights and remove the clip-on weight.

Things You Will Need

  • Damp rag
  • Screwdriver
  • Ruler
  • Fan balancing kit

Warning

  • If you need a step stool or ladder to reach your fan blades, always make sure they are placed on a firm and level surface before you stand on them.

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About the Author

Dale Yalanovsky has been writing professionally since 1978. He has been published in "Woman's Day," "New Home Journal" and on many do-it-yourself websites. He specializes in do-it-yourself projects, household and auto maintenance and property management. Yalanovsky also writes a bimonthly column that provides home improvement advice.