How to Repair a Noisy Outdoor Ceiling Fan

There is nothing more annoying than having to listen to a noisy outdoor ceiling fan, if you like to sit out on your patio or deck to relax. Most of the time, this can be caused by the ceiling fan not being balanced. If you can find the blade that is causing the fan to be off balance, this will more than likely be an easy fix for you. Ceiling fan blades are not as identical as they may appear. The blades loosen over time, and could be the cause of the noise you hear on your outdoor ceiling fan. There are just a few easy steps, and the tools you need to do them, listed below.

Tools Needed for the Job

  • Ceiling Fan Balancing Kit
  • Ladder
  • Phillips Screwdriver
  • Tape Measure

Step 1 – Check the Installation

Before even trying to tackle the fan blades, make sure the noise is not caused by a faulty installation. If the fan is hanging down and not snugly attached to the ceiling, this may be the problem. Check to see if the motor is loose. If you take off the blades and the ceiling fan is still noisy, it may need to be taken down and reinstalled. If none of these apply, then try to find the guilty blade.

Step 2 – Tighten the Blade Screws

An imbalance can oftentimes be caused by the blade screws being loose. Before working with each individual blade, use your screwdriver to tighten all of the blade screws to secure them. Once they have all been tightened, turn the outdoor ceiling fan on to its highest speed, to see if it is still noisy. If the noise stops, then you have just repaired your noisy outdoor ceiling fan. If it does not fix the problem, proceed to step 3.

Step 3 – Measure the Fan Distance to the Ceiling

Use a tape measure to get the distance from the tip of each blade to the ceiling. If there is one blade that is lower or higher than the rest, that could be the blade causing the imbalance. You should be able to bend it gently even with the others. Turn the ceiling fan back on, to see if this fixes the problem. If it does not, proceed to the next step to start balancing.

Step 4 – Re-balancing Your Outdoor Ceiling Fan with the Re-balancing Kit

Find out which speed your ceiling fan is on when the noise is made. Take the weighted clip out of the kit and place it on 1 of the ceiling fan blades. Turn the fan back on, to see if there is a difference. If there is no difference, put the clip on the next blade. Continue this process, until you find the blade that needs to be rebalanced. Once that blade is found, you can move the clip on that blade closer to the motor. An adhesive weight can then be placed on the top of that blade, and the clip weight removed. Turn the fan back on, to see if the noise has been fixed.