Ceiling Fan Selection

The Handyguys take a look at selecting a ceiling fan and review typical parts of any fan. It is helpful to understand all the parts to a fan before you make your purchase. There are various controllers, down rods, motors and blades to consider in addition to the light kits that you can attach.

Ceiling Fan Considerations

If you are placing the ceiling fan into a damp area, make sure that it is rated for such a space. Handyguys Paul suggests things that a homeowner should take into consideration before purchasing a fan. For example, do you want an efficient motor? If so, Penbrooke has a quiet and long lasting motors.

Another consideration is the mount that you may need. Make sure you measure how high your ceiling is, if you need a downrod, or if the fan needs to be lowered. Sloped ceilings are another consideration. The Ashland can handle a slight slope, but if your slope is steep, you’ll need to get a sloped kit.

Basic Parts of a Ceiling Fan

First, there is the housing component. This contains the motor for the ceiling fan. There are also the blades and phalanges that hold the blades. The ceiling fan is then hung from the downrod. The downrod is connected to a ball and bracket that sits right on the electrical material for the ceiling fan. The canopy then covers the bracket, ball, and wiring associated with a ceiling fan.

Controlling the Fan

When choosing how to control a fan, there are many options. You can always go with the traditional wall switch and dimmer switch. There is also the option of a remote control if you want to get a little bit fancier.

Thanks to Emerson Electric for providing the products shown and sponsoring this video.

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4 thoughts on “Ceiling Fan Selection

  1. Thanks for the tips!!
    I like most have them and then ” click click ”
    Make noise ..
    Tips on how to correct the noises that come from a fan already installed , years maybe?
    Would also be a good tip.
    Thanks for all I read!

    1. Hey Jim – Good idea on the ‘click click click’ troubleshooting. This is usually caused by an out of balance problem but could also be caused by blades that have been damaged (leading to out of balance).

      If you have the instructions that came with your fan….. well, no one has those….

      The following is courtesy of our friends at Emerson….

      1. Does the ceiling fan exhibit any wobble? If so, the tick may be coming from the ceiling canopy. Check the following:

        Verify the hanger bracket and electrical mounting box is securely fastened to the structure and everything is tight.
        Verify that the hanger bracket is mounted directly to the electrical box, with NO drywall between the bracket and box.
        Verify the hanger ball is tight to the downrod.
        Verify the downrod set screw is tight to the motor coupler on top of the fan housing.
        Balance the fan with the included balance kit and instructions.

      2. Does the tick appear to be coming from the lower end of the fan, near the switch cup?

        Look between the top of the switch cup and the flanges for a possible wire nut that is protruding through the hole in the switch cup adapter. There is a cutout in the switch adapter that allows the flanges to be installed to the motor. Wirenuts can make their way up into this cutout area during assembly if not careful.
        Remove the switch cup and tuck any wirenuts down into the wire harness inside the switch cup.

      3. Make sure every screw is tight.

        Verify the flange screws are tight o the motor.
        Verify the blade screws are tight to the flanges.
        Checking and verifying the above should take care of most tick noises. The most common cause of what would be described as “ticks” usually happens with 1b. listed above. If the drywall has not been removed from under the hanger bracket the canopy will move and make noise at the ceiling.

      If one of these steps does not solve it then it could be an internal motor issue. The fan should then be replaced. Another possible noise could be described as a louder, more prominent, thump in the fan. This could be a bearing issue. A bad bearing can also usually be felt by lightly touching a finger to the switch cup when the fan is running. If this is the case, the fan should also be replaced.

      – See more at: http://ceilingfans.emerson.com/shop/en/fan/FAN-en-us-Pages-frequently-asked-questions#sthash.fUdbuPbK.dpuf

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