Ridding Ceiling Fans of Ticking Noises Ridding Ceiling Fans of Ticking Noises

Ceiling fans are enjoying a comeback because they save homeowners money. Ceiling fans can reduce energy bills by a significant amount, but if you have a ceiling fan that makes a lot of noise, it can be rather annoying. So how do you fix a ticking or humming ceiling fan? First, it's important to understand what causes a ceiling fan to make noise. Usually the sound comes from a part of the fan vibrating when the motor is running. Some fans are quieter than others, but there are things you can do to get rid of the noise.

Step 1 - Check Your fan

If you have a very old fan that is making a lot of noise, it may be a good idea to purchase a new ceiling fan. If you buy a new fan, make sure to get a quality product. Ceiling fans come at many different prices, but keep in mind that cheaper models are more likely to make noise. This is because they're made out of low quality materials that have a tendency to create a humming sound. They may also be poorly constructed, which can cause a lot of noise.

Another issue is the size of the motor relative to the size of the fan. Sometimes cheaper models don't install a motor that is big enough to handle the size of the fan. This can create a humming or ticking sound that you can't fix unless you purchase a new ceiling fan. The fan should have a powerful motor that runs efficiently. Look for a ceiling fan with a lifetime warranty on the motor because this usually means it is a higher quality product.

Step 2 - Check the Light Dimmer

If you already have a ceiling fan installed, change the light dimmer tool to an on and off switch. Using a ceiling fan with a dimmer may cause noise problems, as ceiling fans are not designed to work with this type of device. Unless the dimmer has been designed for use with a ceiling fan, this could create a hum or ticking noise. Having the right electric switch installed may cause less noise.

Another option is to not use a wall switch to control the ceiling fan. Pull chains work and may cause less noise.  

Step 3 - Rubber Spacer

Inspect the ceiling fan to see if it has a rubber spacer between the ceiling and the mounting bracket. For lower ceilings that have a hugger-style ceiling fan, you should see a rubber washer between the motor flange and mounting bracket. This is to cushion vibration. If the fan doesn't come with this item installed, you can purchase it yourself and install it.

Step 4 - Test the Speed

Test the fan's speeds to find if one produces less noise than another. A ticking sound usually happens on low speed. If you turn the speed setting higher and then turn it down again, it may temporarily help fix the problem.

Step 5 - Tighten Screws

Tighten the screws that attach the fan blades to the motor with a flathead screwdriver. This may reduce noise. Also, check to see that the screws in the motor casing and mounting plate assembly are tight. Sometimes these screws can cause noise. Check the light bulbs and screws on the lighting fixture and shades as well.

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