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Hunter Ceiling Fan Wobbles, Makes Humming Noises

If the ceiling fan wobbles or makes noises, the blades may be unbalanced. You’ll need to balance the blades. There are three reasons why a ceiling fan may go out of balance. The three reasons are either a bent blade bracket, a weight discrepancy with the fan, or warped blades.

To start troubleshooting the fan, take a look at it from the side. Do any of the blades appear to be out of line with the rest of the blades? If so, you can try to carefully bend the blade back into place. Use a measuring tape and check if all the blades are the same distance from the ceiling. Also check that they have the same pitch. You can verify this by checking, do any blades look narrower, wider or different that the others. Also look at the blades from below. Check they are spaced evently.

If you are going to bend the blades back, be very careful. The brackets can snap with some force being applied. If you do snap a bracket, you can sometimes purchase a replacement bracket set from the hardware store.  You can also find replacement Hunter fan brackets here.

If the blades appear to be in line properly, there could be a weight issue among the blades. Take a quarter, and tape it to the top of each of the blades. Do this one blade at a time. Observe and see if the balance gets better, with each blade.

Hunter Ceiling Fan Blade Balancing Kits

If you have not been successful with balancing using a quarter, or other small weights like two dimes, nickels, etc. you can try using a blade balancing kit. These kits come with a number of weights, instructions, and different materials. A blade balancing kit is very useful if you feel that you may be repairing ceiling fans often. For instance, if you are a repairman or handyman and you often visit homes where it would be beneficial to have a blade balancing kit with you. These kits are very inexpensive – often less than $20. As such, it’s pretty easy and convenient to purchase one and use it for pretty much any time you need it.