How to Straighten Drooping Ceiling Fan Blades

When a ceiling fan blade begins to droop, the whole fan goes off balance.

Troubleshooting a ceiling fan blade won't take long.Troubleshooting a ceiling fan blade won't take long.
The fan will spin erratically and can even cause the fan to come unscrewed and fall down. Luckily, ceiling fan blades don't have many parts, so narrowing down the cause of the problem won't take long. A ladder and a screwdriver should be the only tools you'll need to straighten a drooping ceiling fan blade.

Run your fan on the lowest level and watch it spin to identify which blades are causing the fan to go off balance.

Tighten the screws on the drooping blade, as loose screws are the most common culprit. You'll find screws holding the arm on and screws holding the blade to the fan's motor.

Check for bent blade brackets. Gently bend the bracket back with your hands or a crescent wrench. Place a level on the top of each one of the blades until the angles match on all the blades.

Check for damage to the blade itself. If so, replacement blades are available at most home-improvement stores.

Things You Will Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Ladder
  • Crescent wrench
  • Level


  • Make sure the power to the fan is off before you start the repair.

About the Author

Devin Backman started writing professionally in 2004, with his work appearing in "The Alpenhorn News." He attended San Bernardino Valley College, majoring in journalism.