The Trouble with Ceiling Fans page.
We install an awful lot of ceiling fans. We replace a lot of awful
This is a job where experience, know how and attention to detail really pays off.
And it helps to have a hardware store in the driveway.
If you want to tackle the job yourself, be sure to read
the problem remedies checklist before you start.
Of course the smart and easy thing to do is call the WOWTEAM before things go wrong.
___ Read the directions first not last.
Save the instructions, packing and box for a few months of operation.
For returns you need this stuff.
A little thread locking compound helps ensure that screws stay tight.
Get the removable type. You may want to remove the fan someday!
The black wire is for the fan motor, blue for the light kit, white is
green is ground. Sometimes the black and blue are wired together.
Do not try to use a light dimmer as a speed controller.
They look the same but are different, can damage fan motor.
___ A special oversize mounting bracket may be nessesary on a sloped ceiling.
is better to make each connection tight and right the first time
than to go back to fix it later or agonize over balancing.
Make sure all hardware is tight including each of the following;
___ Lock washers on
bracket to UL approved box.
You should not break through the plaster or drywall ceiling though.
___ Set screw and lock nut on coupler to ball and rod to fan end.
___ Light kit to fan canopy. Use the lock washer and nut provided.
___ Fan blade to arm screws and
arm to fan motor screws.
Do not lose or substitute those lockwashers, they must match each other.
Fan Won't Run
___ Make sure power
is on at switch and panel.
Mark the circuit inside the switch cover and panel label.
___ Make sure that all
connections are tight.
Check those wire nuts. Use the type with a metal spring inside.
___ Make sure the quick
block terminals wire colors all match and mate..
This piece is on the bottom of the fan and usually contains switches.
___ Make sure the forward
/ reverse switch is not stuck in between positions.
It happens. Count your blessings, NO TOOLS NEEDED.
___ Remove the rubber
DANGER! ALL these screws must be removed before fan operation.
___ Humming noise from
controller or fan and light itself.
Get a better controller (not a dimmer) or better (different brand) bulbs.
___ Buzzing, rattling
light globe(s). Loose screws on light kit.
Use wide rubber bands around lens neck for screw tip to press against.
___ Ticking is usually
to arm screws loose or loose arm to fan screws.
Scrapefresh sticky paint off the ceiling under the mounting bracket.
___ Scraping is usually
off center motor rubbing on the canopy.
Check those screw alignments.
Loose / Wobbling
___ Mount fan bracket to
a UL approved box, use lock washers provided.
Most ceiling light boxes are not rated for fan support.
___ The ball must be
seated in the mounting bracket.
Just line up the tab and groove in the ball.
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