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Maintaining Your Ceiling Fan

Sometimes there are tasks homeowners overlook during regular maintenance. One of those often forgotten tasks is taking care of ceiling fans. Did you know you should maintain your ceiling fan annually?

Now we’re not just talking about dusting off the fan blades, we’re talking about oiling your ceiling fan motor. Although some fans claim to have a lifetime lubrication, you should still regularly check to see if it needs more. If you can see the motor winding through the vent holes in the bottom of the fan, it’s likely you need to oil it regularly. Another way to tell if you need to oil your ceiling fan is if there is an oil hole on top of the motor near the down rod.

The only oil you will want to get is 10, 15 or 20 weight non-detergent motor oil. Make sure you don’t use 3-in-1 oils, WD-40 or any oil containing detergent as it will gum the bearings. You can find motor oil at an auto parts store.

There are multiple ways you can oil your ceiling fan depending on what kind of model it is. Fans that have oil holes on the top only require a few drops. Once you have the oil in, spin the blades to make sure they are fully coated. Fans that don’t necessarily require oil take a little more work to get a tune up done. You will need to remove the blades and then remove the motor from the ceiling so you can access the bearings. Oil the bearings thoroughly and reassemble. If you aren’t confident in disassembling and reassembling your fan, you can call an electrician to help you out. However, a simpler way to oil a ceiling fan without a designated oil hole is to locate the rotating parts that meet the stationary parts (usually by the motor shaft). Slowly apply oil to these parts and it will run into the bearings. Again, spin the blades to make sure they are fully coated.

Oiling your fan could potentially save you a lot of money and keep your fan quiet and running smoothly. So next time you’re dusting your fan blades, make sure you check if your fan needs to be oiled.

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