Replacing fan. - downrod diameter smaller than original downrod

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Replacing fan. - downrod diameter smaller than original downrod

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I couldn’t fix my fan last week (sadly) and have decided to replace it. I purchased the same brand fan, Harbor Breeze from Lowe’s, and it came with the standard 4” downrod. I am hanging it from a vaulted ceiling to removed the longer downrod from the old fan. The diameter of the downrod is narrower than the 4” in that came with the new fan and I can’t get it locked in tight. I looked at buying a new “universal” downrod from Harbor Breeze and they all are the same, smaller, diameter. Thoughts on what I should do or why they would do this?

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Old 10-18-20, 08:50 AM
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I can only speak to Hunter fans but any down rod I have ever changed was Hunter accessory and they fit exactly like the one that came with the fan.

I would be very wary of any "universal" down rod!
 
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Post the Harbor Breeze model number for us.
 
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The new fan is Harbor Breeze Notus model #41949. The 4” downrod that came with it is 1” in diameter and the Harbor Breeze downrods are 3/4” diameter. That’s how they’re sold.
 
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Unfortunately, they only sell “universal” downrod if you want something other than the 4” that came with the fan. I have a vaulted ceiling so need to have a 12” downrod and they only sell two diameters, 1/2” and 3/4” inch. The downrod that came with the fan has a diameter of 1”. I bought the same brand downrod as the brand of the fan.
 
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You may have to get creative and use a reducer ike this if the threads match. If there is a locking setscrew it will only hold the 1 inch section. You should use some thread sealer or JB Weld on the 3/4 inch section to make sure it won't unscrew over time.
 

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An adapter/coupler is NOT recommended to be used on a ceiling fan.


Item # 1332338 - Model # 41949
3/4" inner diameter downrod

Your manual indicates 3/4" inner diameter downrod.
The parts list agrees with that.
The downrods from Lowes are also listed as 3/4" diameter.
Downrods at lowes
 
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Thank you! I got it tightened up and it seems to be ok with a little wobble. I’m not sure I’ll feel safe sleeping under it but, unless I move, I will have to! Thanks for the help!
 
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Some wobble is acceptable.
There should be two pins holding the downrod in place.
One at the top in the ball and one down thru the motor housing.
Those two pins are the positive lock to keep the fan from falling off the downrod.
 
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There isn’t a pin at the top but there is no movement there. There is a pin through the downrod and the motor housing.
 
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There must be some type of positive lock at the top.
 
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