Your ceiling fans are essential for air circulation and convenient temperature control for each room. When your ceiling fan stops working, it’s annoying and often leads to adjusting the thermostat or buying a portable fan instead of repairing the issue.
There are several problems that could cause your ceiling fan to malfunction. Here’s our troubleshooting guide to get your fixture back up and running:
What to Check Before Calling an Electrician
Sometimes, it’s easy to overlook the simplest explanations for problems. Try troubleshooting some issues yourself first:
Remove Fan Blockages
If you just installed a new ceiling fan, check if something is blocking the fan blades. New fans can arrive with packing peanuts or plastic stuck in the gears.
If your ceiling fan is battery-operated, its batteries may have run out. If it’s remote-controlled, your remote could need the new batteries.
Ensure the Reverse Switch Isn’t in Neutral
Fans have a switch that reverses the direction of the blades, and it won’t function with the switch stuck in the middle.
Depending on the direction of your switch, push it to the left or bottom position during the summer and the right or top position during the winter.
Check That the Wall Switch & Chain Are On
If a guest or family member last controlled the fan by flipping the wall switch when you usually pull the chain — or vice versa — you could be trying to run the fan while the motor isn’t getting power.
This issue is especially common in large rooms with multiple wall switches controlling the same fixture. Ensure the wall switch and the chain are both turned on.
Ceiling Fan Issues That Require Electrical Repair
If your ceiling fan still doesn’t work after checking all of the above, you may have a more serious issue requiring an electrician’s attention.
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