Repair of a ceiling fan

lathechuck's picture

Ceiling fans are a good way to save energy, whether or not you have air-conditioning, during warm summer months. A couple of weeks ago, the fan over my bed progressed from making a periodic clicking noise (which was mildly annoying), to more of a scraping and squealing noise (which was intolerable).

I did two things to improve the situation: oiled the bearings, and inserted thin cardboard spacers between the fan blade brackets and the motor housing. Oiling the bearings was a chore, because I had to drop the motor from the ceiling to get my oil can spout above the bearings, so the oil could run down into them. (It only took a few drops, of light machine oil.)

After remounting the motor on the ceiling, and re-attaching the fan blades, the fan now whispers very quietly through the night.

David Trammel's picture

It always surprises me how few people think about the need to do periodic maintenance to your equipment, even something as simple as a few drops of oil.

Blueberry's picture

One of my must have tools to keep stuff running.