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How to Balance a Ceiling Fan

We all know how to spot a ceiling fan that's out of balance - the wonky spin, the weird noise and the anxious feeling that at any moment it's going to come unhinged from its moorings and spin out of control!

The good is that balancing a ceiling fan isn't hard. There are four different methods you can try, none of which require dismantling your fan or removing it from the ceiling mount. Let's take a look at each, listed here from least to most difficult (although "most difficult" is not difficult at all).

1. Dust Your Ceiling Fan
Seriously, this may be all it takes. A good coating of dust can impact the blades and mechanics just enough to make the whole thing go catawampus. Try dusting off the blades and if it doesn't work, well, at least you fan will be clean.

2. Tighten Your Ceiling Fan Blades
You should notice some screws at the base of each blade. Grab a screwdriver and tighten each one so they are more firmly attached to their brackets. This is often enough to get things moving in the right direction. But, if your fan still wildly wobbles when it should be whirring like a kitten ...

3. Level Your Ceiling Fan Blades
First, get some masking tape and number your fan blades so you can tell them apart. Once done, take a measuring tape and measure the distance of each blade from the ceiling. If this is the problem, you'll find the odd blade out soon enough.

When you find it, gently bend the bracket at the fan's base (not by twisting the blade) in the direction that will bring the blade into alignment with the others. If that doesn't work ...

4. Buy a Ceiling Fan Balancing Kit (or DIY It)
A typical balancing kit costs a few bucks and consists of a weighted clip and some different-sized adhesive weights. You use it by attaching the clip to the trailing edge of the blade you feel is causing the ruckus and then sliding it out toward the tip or in toward the motor as needed to eliminate the wobble.

Once you find the sweet spot, you peel the adhesive off of one of the weights and stick it to the top center of the blade. Ta da!

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