Fixing a Drooping Ceiling Fan Blade

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What You'll Need
What You'll Need

Fixing a drooping ceiling fan blade may be something you have to do if the fan is not working properly. It costs much less to replace one blade than to install a whole new ceiling fan.

It's important to fix a ceiling fan that is drooping because they shake when turned on, and may become a hazard. Even if one blade is damaged, the whole fan may not be working properly. Using a ceiling fan with a warped blade can destroy the fan over time. This article will show you how to fix a drooping ceiling fan blade.

Step 1 - Set up the Ladder

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Set up a ladder under the ceiling fan. Test the ladder out before starting the job to ensure you can reach the ceiling fan at a safe distance. It's also important to make sure you can reach the fan adequately without falling off the ladder.

Step 2 - Remove the Blade

Turn off the fan before removing the blade. First, grab the damaged blade and use a flat head screwdriver to take off the screws on the ceiling fan. These are the screws that hold the blade to the bracket of the fan. Some experts recommend using a magnetic screwdriver so that you don't drop any screws. Once you've unscrewed the blade, remove it from the fan.

Step 3 - Attach the new Blade

Now it's time to install the new fan blade. Attach it to the bracket so that the wider end comes toward you. Line up the blade properly and ensure that all the screw holes match up perfectly. As you hold the blade in place, take one screw and put it up through the hole to hold the blade in place. Repeat two more times.

Step 4 - Turn the Fan on

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Turn the fan back on and make sure the replacement blade is working properly. Everything should be working well, and the fan shouldn't be causing any problems.

If you're not sure that your fan's blade requires replacement, place it on a flat table or work area and see if it sits flat. If not, it is drooping and probably requires replacement.

If the fan still doesn't work, even after you have replaced a blade, you may have to continue troubleshooting the unit. Installing a new fan blade is usually the best way to go, however, if something else is wrong it may be necessary to call a professional. You can't leave a broken ceiling fan unattended because it can be dangerous to the occupants of your house.

A professional may be able to fix the problem so that you don't have to replace the entire ceiling fan with a new one. Sometimes it's not possible to figure out the problem yourself, so it is worth the money to have someone with experience diagnose and correct the issue. Of course, the cost of hiring a professional may outweigh the cost of installing a new ceiling fan yourself.