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Ceiling fans are a very important home appliance which help to keep
us cool, but if you don’t keep each ceiling fan blade clean you are
inviting dust and the problems associated with it into your home.

Allergies, asthma, dust mites and a dirty home are just a few of the
problems associated with dust build up. When dust accumulates on the
blades of your ceiling fan, simply turning the fan on can cause it to
kick up and spread throughout the rest of your house. This simple
guide will teach you how to get dust off and keep it off!

Step 1- Safety First
It is important for your safety, as well as the safety of your fan,
that you exercise proper safety measures prior to and during the
cleaning of your ceiling fan blades. First, turn the power to the fan
off and wait for it to come to a complete stop before placing your
stepping stool or ladder under the fan. Make sure your stepping device
is sturdy and strong enough to support your weight shifting around.

Step 2- Positions
It’s important to find a comfortable position where you can completely
reach one of the fan blades. It’s not necessary that you be able to
reach all of them from this position, as long as you can reach one.

Step 3- De-dusting
While standing on your step stool, spray a generous amount of cleaning
spray on a paper towel. Start on the top of the blade and wipe from
the center of the fan outward. After you clean the top of the blade,
wipe the paper towel along the outer edge of the fan blade before
moving down to the underside and wiping it in the same fashion as the
other side. When this blade is clean, gently push it aside and grab
the next one that comes your way. The general rule of thumb is to use
a new paper towel for each blade but really, the amount of paper
towels you should use depends heavily upon how clean you have kept
your fan until now. I suggest you use each paper towel until they get
dark and start smearing dust, or until you move on to the next fan
blade, whichever comes first.

Step 4- Wax On
Next, you’re going to make sure that each blade is dry. If they’re all
dry then apply your paste car wax. You don’t want to lather it on, but
do make sure it reaches every part of every blade. Use your buffer pad
to buff out the fan blades, leaving them shiny, smooth and newly
waxed. This will prevent build up, as every time you turn on your fan
dust will just falloff because it won’t have anything to stick to.

Fixing a Drooping Ceiling Fan Blade
Fixing a drooping ceiling fan blade may be something you have to do if
the fan is not working properly. It costs much less to replace one
blade than to install a whole new ceiling fan.

It is important to fix a ceiling fan that is drooping because they
shake when turned on, and may become a hazard. Even if one blade is
damaged, the whole fan may not be working properly. Using a ceiling
fan with a warped blade can destroy the fan over time.

Step 1 – Set up the Ladder
Set up a ladder under the ceiling fan. Test the ladder out before
starting the job to ensure you can reach the ceiling fan at a safe
distance. It’s also important to make sure you can reach the fan
adequately without falling off the ladder.

Step 2 – Remove the Blade
Turn off the fan before removing the blade. First, grab the damaged
blade and use a flat head screwdriver to take off the screws on the
ceiling fan. These are the screws that hold the blade to the bracket
of the fan. Some experts recommend using a magnetic screwdriver so
that you don’t drop any screws. Once you’ve unscrewed the blade,
remove it from the fan.

Step 3 – Attach the new Blade
Now it’s time to install the new fan blade. Attach it to the bracket
so that the longer end comes toward you. Line up the blade properly
and ensure that all the screw holes match up perfectly. As you hold
the blade in place, take one screw and put it up through the hole to
hold the blade in place. Repeat two more times.

Step 4 – Turn the fan on

Turn the fan back on and make sure the replacement blade is working properly.
Everything should be working well, and the fan shouldn’t be causing
any problems.
If you’re not sure that your fan’s blade requires replacement, place
it on a flat table or work area and see if it sits flat. If not, it is
drooping and probably requires replacement.

If the fan still doesn’t work, even after you have replaced a blade,
you may have to continue troubleshooting the unit. Installing a new
fan blade is usually the best way to go, however, if something else is
wrong it may be necessary to call a professional. You can’t leave a
broken ceiling fan unattended because it can be dangerous to the
occupants of your house.

A professional may be able to fix the problem so that you don’t have
to replace the entire ceiling fan with a new one. Sometimes it’s not
possible to figure out the problem yourself, so it is worth the money
to have someone with experience diagnose and correct the issue.

 

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