A ceiling fan can create a breeze in your home, helping to keep it cool. A ceiling fan can also add style, décor, and lighting in your space. Unfortunately though, ceiling fans don’t last forever. They have an estimated life expectancy of five to ten years, depending on how frequently yours is used. Here are a few signs that it may be time to replace your ceiling fan.
1. The Fan Is Dated
One of the most common reasons a ceiling fan is replaced is because it is dated or no longer fits in with the aesthetic of your home. If you have painted your walls and changed out your flooring to lighter or brighter colors, a dark ceiling fan may no longer work or fit in. It can take away from the entire look of your space or make your space look old.
Change out the ceiling fan to something that is more modern looking or matches the aesthetic of your home to ensure your ceiling fan blends in and adds to the look, rather than deterring from it.
2. The Fan Makes a Humming Sound
When you turn on your ceiling fan, you expect to feel a cool breeze. What you do not expect is to hear a humming sound. Ceiling fans have parts installed inside of them that help to hide the humming of the motor and the turning of the blades. As your fan begins to age, these parts can wear out, which causes you to hear this humming.
If you have not run your fan in sometime, oiling the fan and allowing it to run may solve the problem. In other cases, your flywheel may need to be replaced. Replacing a flywheel can be costly and the part can be hard to find in older models of ceiling fans. In many cases, it makes more sense to replace the fan than to repair it for this problem.
3. The Blades Are Droopy or Warped
The blades on your ceiling fan can become droopy or warped for a number of reasons. Dust may have accumulated on the fan and begun to wear it down. The screws holding the blades in place may have loosened due to frequent movement. Or your blades may be warped or droopy due to moisture or humidity exposure.
If you notice your fan blades are droopy, you should first attempt to tighten the screws holding the blades in place to the motor housing. If needed, gently push up on the blades to try to reshape them. If this does not work, or the blades are warped, replace your ceiling fan.
4. The Fan Won't Turn On or Moves Slowly
When you turn your ceiling fan on, you expect the blades to begin whirling fairly quickly. If you turn it on and the fan won't move at all or moves very slowly, you have an issue.
If your fan won't turn on at all, make sure a breaker or fuse hasn't gone out. If the fan does not have power, it will not work.
If you have ensured the fan has power, and it still won't turn, or turns slowly, the motor inside of the fan is likely dying or dead. Unfortunately, it is often costly and time-consuming to replace a ceiling fan motor. Replace the fan often for financial benefits.
Is your ceiling fan showing any of these signs? If so, it may be time to think about replacing your ceiling fan. If you need help replacing an existing ceiling fan, or you are looking to have a new one installed, Supreme Electric, located in Pelham, Alabama, can help you. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for one of our licensed electricians to come assist you.