Do You Have a Broken Ceiling Fan? Simple Troubleshooting Tasks to Do Before Calling an Electrician

Let’s make one thing clear: it is way too hot to be worried about a broken ceiling fan. These summers keep getting hotter and hotter, and this year is easily the hottest that it’s been yet.

If you’re dealing with a broken ceiling fan, it’s obvious that you need to do something, and do it now. But how exactly do you go about fixing a ceiling fan? It’s not like you’ve got the skills of an electrician, after all.

The good news is that you don’t have to be. Fixing a fan can be easy, and we’ve got the tools and know-how to help you make that happen. Keep reading to find out how to make it work.

3 Common Problems of a Broken Ceiling Fan - and How to Fix Them

We’ve listed the 3 most common problems people face with their ceiling fan, and how you can easily repair it yourself – no experience required. 

1. Your Fan Isn't Working at All

Don’t freak out too much about this. You’re most likely in for a very easy fix.

The first thing you’ll want to check is if there’s any power getting to the fan at all. Check and see if the lights work; if they do, that’s a good sign that power is still reaching the fan.

Next, you need to check the wiring. Drop down the fan (most new models allow you to temporarily suspend the fan to get to the wiring) and see if any wires are broken or burned out.

If this is the case (and it most likely is) you’ll need to get the wires replaced in the fan, which is much cheaper than getting the fan replaced.

2. The Fan Doesn't Want to Spin

You know that the power is flowing throughout the house just fine, but for some reason, the fan doesn’t want to cooperate. No problem, the answer is still a quick fix.

Remember the switch on the fan that can make it go forward and in reverse? Turns out that a number of newer models actually have a neutral spot as well that keeps the blades from moving at all.

Check the switch and see if it’s in neutral. If so, kick it back into gear and you should have some fresh cool air headed your way.

3. The Fan Makes Noise, but Nothing Else Happens

If a fan makes a sound but doesn’t move, can it still work? Well, yes it does – and it’s a lot easier to make happen than you think.

If the fan is working and the blades aren’t, there’s a very good chance that your motor capacitor is blown. This might sound like a scary thing, but it’s actually a cheap and easy fix.

Suspend your fan to see if the motor has actually expired. It’ll be pretty obvious due to the fact that the motor itself will most likely be melted or clearly damaged beyond repair.

Buy another fan motor capacitor for $8 to $10 dollars so you can get right back to cooling yourself off.

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If your broken ceiling fan is too difficult to fix, you may need some professional hands to help you out. We’re more than happy to assist you with what you need.

Our company handles electrical work across the board with unmatched quality. We can help fix problems with breakers that need repairs or a replacement, adding new circuits, fixing generators, adding home surge protection, and so much more.

Give us a call whenever you’re ready to get started. We look forward to working with you.

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