Ceiling Fan Replacement Services

One of the essentials for living is the south is to have ceiling fans. Ceiling fans provide air circulation and increased indoor comfort. When you have one installed, the room feels cooler without having to turn down the thermostat.

Ceiling fans are not designed to last forever. Most common reasons for ceiling fans to stop working is because the motor has gone bad. The motor is composed of many components. When any of those being to malfunction or stop working, then the fan stops working.

What size fan do I need?

There are a number of options available when it comes to replacing ceiling fans. The most important of these options is the size of the fan. The size of ceiling fan is determined by the size of the room that the fan will be installed in.

Too small of a fan, will result in the lack of air circulation. Too big of a fan, will result in items being blown around the room.

My ceiling fan makes a whirling or grinding noise when it is running. What is wrong with it?

This could be one of the following:

  • Fan blades are loose and are rubbing the motor housing. In this case, the blades need to be properly positioned and tightened.
  • Bearings or windings inside the motor are bad or are going bad. In this case, the fan needs to be replaced as the motor has reached its service life.

Do I really need a down rod?

It depends on the height of the ceiling.

Ideally, ceiling fans are close enough to the floor where the occupants of the room can feel the breeze from the fan, but high enough so that the occupants do not hit their heads (or any other body part) on the fan when walking under it. The general rule is that if you have a ceiling height greater than 8 feet, then you do need a down rod. The length of the down rod is determined by the height of the ceiling.

Flush mount ceiling fans are not designed for a down rod, and thus should only be used on ceilings that are lower than 9 feet.

Is it cheaper to replace the motor than to buy a new fan?

No it isn’t. Fans are very complex and have many designs. Flush mount ceiling fans are made differently than down rod ceiling fans. As a result, their motors are made to fit in the housing.

Unlike car parts, finding that exact replacement motor for your ceiling fan is not as easy as you think. It is best and cheaper to replace the existing fan with a new one instead of trying to find replacement parts.

The ceiling fan wobbles a lot when running. Why is that?

All ceiling fans will have some wobble when running as it is moving. However, a lot of wobbling can be an indicator for one of several problems:

  • The ceiling fan is out of balance
  • The ceiling fan blades are dirty and need to be cleaned
  • One or more of the ceiling fan blades are loose and need to be tightened
  • The ceiling fan is not properly seated in the hanger and needs to be repositioned
  • The junction box that the ceiling fan is mounted to is not secured correctly to the framing
  • The junction box that the ceiling fan is not rated for ceiling fans

Regardless of what the cause may be, Robinson Handy and Technology Services will investigate and repair the problem for you.

I want brighter bulbs in my fan, but it says that only low wattage blubs can be used. Why is this?

In 2005, Congress passed the Energy Policy Act of 2005. You may remember this law taking effect as it also changed Daylight Savings Time to start on the second Sunday in march and end on the first Sunday in November of each year.

Part of this legislation limits the amount of power that a ceiling fan and other multi-bulb fixtures can consume. As a result of this legislation, some manufacturers updated their products to have a wattage limiter switch.

Other manufacturers took things a step further and designed their fixtures to use candelabra bulbs instead of standard Edison bulbs. The candelabra bulbs have a smaller base and usually consume less power than the common Edison bulbs.

Thus if you try to use bulbs that consume more power than what the fixture is rated for, either the light will not work or the light may catch fire due to it pulling more power than it is rated for.

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