Ceiling fan made loud pop then flame shot out


Old 04-27-15, 08:40 AM
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Ceiling fan made loud pop then flame shot out

I bought a house built in 1986 and pretty sure the ceiling fan is original to house. It has worked fine for 3 years but last night it made a loud pop then flame shot out. Do they go bad and if I simply get a new ceiling fan will that solve the problem or should I worry about something else?

The day before I came home to find that breaker had popped, it had never done that before.

One of reasons I am so concerned is that I had a handyman come last week. He messed up my dryer by changing a roller and leaving the felt off. I also had him change out the heat/light/vent thing in bathroom which is very near the aforementioned ceiling fan. When he did he climbed in attic saying he needed to find the bracket and he ended up calling his friend who is supposedly an electrician. I overheard that guy tell him that he did not need to put the housing up there, he only needed to replace the guts. Since I had had the other bathroom done the year before I also tried to tell him that but he would not listen to me. Needless to say, this is another story completely but since those wires are surely so close together I did have to wonder if he did something accidentally.

Thank you for any insight, I have been afraid to turn the fan back on.
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Old 04-27-15, 08:51 AM
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It's hard to tell if the problem is at the connections in the ceiling box or if the fan itself is defective.

You'd have to drop the top canopy to check the splices. I have a feeling you'll be replacing the fan.
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Thanks Pete, I think that is what I will do. I would rather have electrician look at it, concerns for safety and all.
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