Why ceiling fan need maintenance?
Ceiling fans maintenance is very important in our homes as they cool our rooms in summer and warm them in winter. In addition to extending life expectancy, maintaining a ceiling fan can help to avoid potential safety hazards as a result of faulty fans. Although ceiling fans are made to work for years and don’t require regular maintenance, they will need some at some point. The regular maintenance job will make your ceiling fan last longer. If your ceiling fan has not been damaged, doing maintenance service is very easy. Below are some tips for ceiling fan maintenance tasks that you can do on your fan by yourself.
Things your may need for maintenance jobs:
- A ladder
- Cleaning tool: brush, cleaning rag...
- Lubricant/ oil
Clean out the ceiling fan. Cleaning a ceiling fan should be done at least once a year. In case your ceiling fan are working in more dusty environment, you should clean it more often. You however need to reach it first by standing on a stool or something elevating. Start by cleaning the blades with a brush and then use a damp cloth that has been dipped in soapy water to remove the remaining sticky stains. Leave the fan to dry on its own before using it again. You can easily find a fan brush from any home equipment store near your house. Also, you can vacuum out the motor as dust can accumulate on it and cause a fan to run slow. Cleaning is one of a simple ceiling fans maintenance job, but it is not less important.
Tighten all screws. Ceiling fans are made of different parts that are put together using screws. While the fan is running, it generates small vibrations that loosen some of those screws. You can detect loose screws through a noisy or shaky fan. Simply use a screwdriver to tighten back those screws with special focus on the fan, ceiling plate and the light fixture – if available.
Lubricate the fan. Some ceiling fans require periodic lubrication to operate smoothly. Use any light oil (similar to the oil used on a sewing machine), to fill the oil hole that is located on the top side of the motor. Fill this hole till the oil flows over and rinse the excess with a tissue or rag.
Check for movement. It is important to check your ceiling fan for movements or wobbles. The center of the fan should not make any side movement while the fan is in operation. If it does, the fan needs to be balanced. You can use a fan balance kit to do this. Also, it is important to note that a faulty blade may cause a fan to wobble. Check to see if there are parts missing on blades. Lastly, it is important to check if there is any bent or warped blade. You can do this by removing all blades and place each on top of another. The blades should fit perfectly on top of another. If one or more blades bent, they cannot fit well if we put all blades on each other. Then you have to fix or replace the ceiling blades.
Check for noise. A normal ceiling fan usually works quietly, or does not make too much sound. If one day you recognize that your ceiling fan making noise or you hear strange sound different with normal. You should stop using your ceiling fan for finding out which parts are going wrong then repair it.
To sum up
With above simple tips for ceiling fan maintenance, you can avoid many issues which cause your fan broken. Your fan can run smoothly and last for years without any trouble. It is easy to perform by yourself without need of an expert.