5 Ways To Fix Your Noisy Ceiling Fan

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We will discuss why the ceiling fan is making noise and how to fix it in this blog.

Types of Ceiling Fan Sounds

It is important to diagnose the kind of sound your fan is making. This can help you narrow down the issue and let you know if it’s something that requires a professional. Common ceiling fan sounds include:
  • Rattling - A short, sharp, fast sound, usually from something loose
  • Humming - A low vibrating sound usually coming from the motor
  • Grinding - A high-pitched scraping sound caused by friction between 2 surfaces
  • Buzzing - A low continuous whirring sound, emanating from unstable blades
  • Clicking - Rapid, sharp, and repetitive sounds caused by 2 surfaces making contact

How to fix a noisy ceiling fan?

Here are the 4 possible causes with additional details and solutions:

***NOTE: Turn off the power from the wall switch prior to attempting these solutions.

#1: Dirty Blades

Are your fan blades covered in dust and dirt? You may have found the culprit! Over time, it is normal for some dust to fall and settle on top of your blades to create a thick layer. This layer can make some of your blades heavier than others and throw off the balance required to revolve smoothly. The heavier blade bumps into the motor hub, which is why your fan makes noise when rotating.

Solution: Deep clean your blades!

You can complete this in under 20 minutes and all you need is a step ladder, some cleaning solution, and a washcloth. If you need a refresher on how to clean your fan blades, refer to our How to Refresh Your Outdoor Ceiling Fan guide. After you deep clean your blades, switch on the fan to see if it has stopped making a clicking sound.

#2: Loose Blade Screw

Your ceiling fan may be making a clicking noise because of a blade imbalance or a loose screw. Our ceiling fan blades are constantly rotating. It is only natural that after a while, one of the connecting screws will become loose. If the screw is loose, the fan blade has room to move around, making an intermittent clicking sound every time it revolves.

Solution: Tighten the blade screws.

Look over your fan blades and locate the 4 screws that connect the blade to the motor hub. If you do not see the blade screws, they may be concealed behind the motor hub and you’ll have to remove the lighting assembly to reach them. Make sure to tighten each blade screw as tight as you can. After you are done reassembling and tightening, turn on the power to see if the fan sounds have stopped.

#3: Loose LED Light Kit Screw

Modern ceiling fans are equipped with LED light kits that screw into the motor hub. After a while, these screws can become loose, allowing the light kit to bump into the motor hub as the fan rotates. As the light kit hits the motor hub, it creates a persistent ticking noise.

Solution: Tighten the light kit screws.

Normally, the light cover locks into place. To remove the light cover, you will have to rotate it until it releases. Using a screwdriver, tighten all the visible screws. Replace the light cover and turn on the fan to see if the clicking has stopped.

#4: Loose Canopy Screw

Canopies are used with downrod-mounted ceiling fans to conceal all of the connecting wires and hardware. They remain flush to the ceiling and are secured with 2 screws. When the canopy screws become loose, the canopy is no longer flushed to the ceiling, and it can make a ticking sound as the fan spins.

Solution: Tighten the canopy screws.

Before tightening the screws, you want to make sure the canopy is in the correct position. Most canopies lock into place by manually rotating them counterclockwise. After it is locked in place, use a screwdriver to tighten the two screws. Turn on the fan and observe if the sound of the fan has ceased.

#5: Add Oil to Your Fan

To keep things running smoothly, you’ll want to perform basic maintenance on your ceiling fan from time to time. If you have a traditional fan, this may include adding oil to the motor. Adding an electric motor oil recommended by your fan’s manufacturer will keep the motor’s bearings lubricated and friction-free, for silent and cooling airflow.

Make sure to verify with your fan’s manufacturer as some ceiling fan models do not require oil. Smafan’s modern ceiling fans are purposefully designed with premium lubricated bearings, so you can skip the hassle of manually oiling the motor.

Quiet Ceiling Fan Recommendations

Here are some of Smafan’s favorite silent ceiling fans, built with lubricated bearings and DC motors to deliver ultra-quiet and powerful cooling:


Trendsetter 52” Outdoor Wi-Fi Ceiling Fan

Mounting: Flush mount, compatible with even surfaces only

Features: 10-speed DC motor, summer and winter modes, dimmable lighting, adjustable light tones, remote control, smartphone control, and voice control (when linked to Alexa, Google Assistant, or Siri Shortcuts)


Veter 52” Smart Ceiling Fan with LED Light

Mounting: Downrod mounting; compatible with even and sloped ceilings less than 28 degrees

Features: Powerful DC motor, 10 adjustable air speeds, reversible airflow directions, fully dimmable lighting, 3 light color temperatures, remote control, smartphone control, and voice control (when linked to Alexa, Google Assistant, or Siri Shortcuts)


Voyager 52” Outdoor Smart Ceiling Fan

Mounting: Downrod mounting; install on even and sloped ceilings less than 28 degrees

Features: Energy-efficient 10-speed DC motor, adjustable air speeds, summer and winter modes, dimmable light, 3 adjustable light tones, 3-way control: voice control (when connected to Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri Shortcuts), smartphone control, and remote control

Ceiling Fan Maintenance

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