When fans are in balance, they operate smoothing to produce the best airflow possible. However, when the blades get out of balance, some of that efficiency is lost. What happens is that over time and with a lot of use, a ceiling fan can get out of balance, which is a common problem. The good news is that identifying and correcting the problem is an easy solution. By keeping your ceiling fan in balance, you will enjoy cool breezes during the hot, summer months and warm circulating air in the wintertime.
In addition to an unbalanced fan affecting airflow, it can cause the motor to work harder than it should and, an unbalanced fan can be quite noisy. If you notice that your fan is wobbling when in operation, then the fan is out of balance. To stop the wobbling, start by making sure the blades are all screwed in tightly to the blade holder. Then, check the screws going from the blade holder to the fan. Many times, a simply loose screw can be the culprit. If the screws are tight, take an ordinary yardstick, placing it vertically against the outside edge of one of the blades. Then, slowly turn the blades so you can view all of them. If you see, one or more of the blades are not in alignment, very gently bent it up or down to bring it into alignment with the other blades.
Before you get started, you first want to switch two adjacent blades. Simply remove a blade across from another and switch their positions. After you have done this, turn the fan on to see if the wobbling has stopped. If not, then you will need to move to the next step.
Now, with the fan off, attach the balancing clip that comes in the kit, placing it firmly on the leading edge of just one blade. Make sure the clip is just halfway between the blades outer edge and the blade bracket. Again, turn the fan on to see if this corrected the wobbling problem. Use the other clips on each blade, checking the wobble after each placement. Once you have identified the blade with the lease wobble, move the clip back to it. However, you want to change the position of the clip, attaching it to the leading edge of the blade close to the bracket. Once again, turn the fan on to check the degree of the wobble.
If there is still a wobble, turn the fan off and move the clip out toward the end of the blade but moving it in very small increments, checking the wobble each time. When you have finally found the right position for the clip, remove the protective paper off the back of one of the self-adhesive strips and place it down firmly on the same blade with the clip along the centerline but opposite of the clip.
The clip can then be removed and the fan turned on. The wobble should be gone but if you notice there is still a little wobbling problem, you can go through this process with each of the blades. While this takes a little bit of time, it is an easy process to fix your problem.