Ceiling Fan Wobbling

The main cause of a ceiling fan wobbling is due to the misalignment of the fan’s blades. Just like a car tire that is out of balance which causes the tires to wobble when it reaches a certain speed, the ceiling fan also wobbles almost with similar reasons.

Cause Of Ceiling Fan Wobbling


The fan blades can go out of alignment due to 2 common reasons. The main culprit is human ignorance. When cleaning the fan blades, care must be taken not to bend the blades. Though the blades itself don’t bend easily, when mopping the blades, one should not put too much pressure on any one of the fan blades. The blades are designed and aligned in such a way that it cuts through the air in such a way that air is circulated.

If you look at the blades, you will notice that the blades have one side bent so it can slice through the air smoothly. All 3 blades have that same angle and if any one blade is out of that angle, it will not balance properly. One blade will be cutting more air then the other 2 thus causing the fan to wobble.

How To Stop Ceiling Fan Wobbling

Once this happens, there isn’t much you can do to align it back other than to replace the blades. Some people have said that it is possible to detect he fault and align it back, but from my experience, it doesn’t work.

The Family Handyman has some tips to balance back the ceiling fan blades. If you are up to it, there is no  harm trying out his method.

If your ceiling fan wobbles and makes more racket than an unbalanced washing machine load, read on, we’ve got the fix for you. Ceiling fan wobble is caused by imbalances in the fan blades or blade holders, misalignment of blades, excess dust accumulation or just loose blade holder mounting screws. Restore your fan to its smooth-running days of old before you wear down the moving parts.

Another cause is due to wear and tear. After many years of use, the blades rust, causing the weights of the blades to be different. In that case, I think it is high time the fan gets replaced as you would have used the fan for years for the rust to eat through.