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Ceiling Fan FAQ - Part III
Although ceiling fans have tremendous benefits such as keeping you cool in the summer and pushing warn air down in the winter, they also come with common problems. To help guide you with a few of the more common problems that people have, use the following information:

Wobbly Fan

A wobbly ceiling fan is probably the most common complaints heard. Depending on the type and placement of the fan, the wobble might be something minor or major. Regardless, just remember that the reason a fan wobbles is typically that it is out of balance, something that happens from normal use.

The easiest way to correct this problem is to visit your local hardware, home improvement, or lighting store where you can purchase a balance kit. These kits are actually quite easy to use, consisting of a clip and weights that are the same weight. To balance your fan, you would first place the clip halfway up the blade you think is causing the problem. Then, turn the fan on low, moving the clip until you find the location that stops the wobble. Just be sure you test it out on all the speeds.

Next, you would take one of the weights, sticking it exactly where you had the clip. After completing the first blade, you should go ahead and balance the remaining three or four blades. Periodically, you might have to re-balance the fan, which is typically. It might be that one of the weights fell off or from excessive use. In either case, the fan simply came out of balance again.

Stopped Working

If you have a fan that was working fine one minute and then just stopped, you will probably want to turn it back on to listen for a hum. If you hear this, chances are the motor has gone out. If the ceiling fan was expensive, it might be worth it to have it fixed. However, with the reasonable cost of fans on the market today, you might just want to buy a new one.

Blade Direction

Ceiling fans are designed to operate in two directions clockwise and counterclockwise. This is not just a coincidence, but also a design that will provide benefit in both summer and winter. During the summer months, the blades will rotate counterclockwise to help create movement in the air, which helps to cool the room. Then in the winter, you can switch the blades to rotate clockwise, which push warm air down into the room from the ceiling, helping to make the room warmer.

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