Why Does Ceiling Fan Make Noise?

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Why Does Ceiling Fan Make Noise? It is something to worry?

Why does the ceiling fan make noise? There can be a lot of reasons for this but none are not dangerous in nature. But if you see smoke or fire then be wary of whats going on and contact an electrician.

Ceiling Fan Making Humming Noise

Humming noise can come from a ceiling fan due to the low voltage current going through it. If it is happening when you are running the fan on the inverter battery but otherwise it runs fine then you do not have to worry.

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Another humming reason is loose wires and loose screws.

And common reason could be that the fan blades are not aligned properly thus when it spin then wind around the blades the humming sound.

Why Does Ceiling Fan Make Noise

Ceiling Fan Making Clicking Noise

Ceiling fan clicking noise can be a sign of an underlying problem.

The most common cause of clicking noise is loose blades.

To fix the noise, you need to inspect all three blades from all sides, clean them, and tighten screws and brackets holding the blades in place.

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Different ceiling fan issues will cause different types of noises, so you will have to identify the issue correctly to stop the noise.

To fix the issue, you should loosen up the screws and then tighten the screws with a screwdriver.

Try to wiggle the fan canopy with your hand—it may need to be tightened if there’s any movement. Look for fasteners around the fan canopy and tighten them if necessary.

Ceiling Fan Making Scraping Noise

A grinding or scraping noise can sound alarming but may also be a simple fix, depending on the cause.

The common reason would be fan’s blade screws are lost, and now that end is touching and dragging on the motor housing.

You should start with fixing the fan blades and then also cleaning the fan housing.

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The fan’s motor and/or bearings may need oil. Your electrician is the best fit for this job.

And most ceiling fans nowadays come with sealed housings which is not easy to open.

However, WD-40 isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution. Consulting your user manual is essential to determine what type of lubricant is compatible and where to oil bearings or motors in modern fans that have sealed housings.

Ceiling fans can create annoying noises that can keep you up at night and in severe cases even damage your ceiling. And this scraping noise is one of them.

Different problems with a ceiling fan will cause different types of noises, so it is important to identify exactly what is causing your annoying ceiling fan noises.

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Ceiling Fan Making Grinding Noise

A scraping or grinding noise can sound alarming, but may also be a simple fix, depending on the cause.

Ceiling fan blades can become unbalanced by a loose screw or joints. The fan blades are unbalanced and can make a grinding noise.

And dust can make it worse. It may not seem much, but dust can make the fan blade’s grinding noise.

Ceiling fan grinding noises can be disruptive and keep you up at night. It also feels that something is breaking inside the ceiling fan.

The different problems with a ceiling fan will cause different types of noises.

To fix, locate the screws that attach your fan blades to the housing, at the end of each blade closest to the fan assembly. Tighten the fan screws with a screwdriver. Try to wiggle the fan canopy with your hand — it may need to be tightened if there’s any movement.

Also, if possible, open the fan up to see if there is loose part that is making a grinding noise.

Ceiling Fan Making Rattling Noise

Ceiling fan rattling noises can be caused by a variety of factors, including loose screws and balance issues. Check all the screws and bearings in your fan to see if there is a problem.

If the noise is coming from the blades or light fixtures, you may need to adjust them accordingly.

Rattling noise is very common and many times you may hear it right after installing the ceiling fan.

Canopy Clicking Against the Ceiling

To determine if the noise is coming from the canopy, loosen screws that hold it to the hanging bracket and lower it down.

Once you’ve done so, turn on the fan and see if the clicking noise goes away. If so, you’ve found the root cause of the clicking or popping noise against the ceiling.

If the fan still makes noise when the canopy is lowered, then your work is done for now.

Loose Hanging Bracket or Electrical Outlet Box

This is very easy to identify since you can see it clearly. This may not make much noise but still is an eyesore.

If the ticking sound is still present after the canopy was lowered, then your hanging bracket or the electrical outlet box may be loose.

To fix this, you’ll need to tighten screws that hold the hanging bracket to the electrical outlet box and/or lock nuts if necessary.

Common things to do to keep your ceiling fan noise-free


1. Clean dust off the Blades

Cleaning the blades will reduce the noise from a ceiling fan. It might even increase the fan speed a little as well. Check screws and inspect for damage before lubricating the motor.

Cleaning should always start with turning off the fan and cleaning the blades.

2. Tighten Light-Fixture Fasteners

Check the fasteners on the globe or cover of the light fixture.

Tighten the fasteners while being careful not to crack the glass globes or shades with tools.

Add a rubber band around the neck of globes and shades, then reinstall them using screws if necessary

Tighten light fixture fasteners to prevent looseness and safety hazards.

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Improperly tightened light fixture fasteners can cause a loss of light or an emergency shutdown of the power supply. Worst case the chandelier might even fall apart from the ceiling fan.

Use the correct-sized wrench for the fastener size, and tighten until it is snug but not tight.

Keep light fixtures properly aligned when tightening fixtures to avoid improper alignment and possible damage to components.

You will also need to clean those lights regularly to get the full effect of those lights.

3. Lubricate the Fan Motor

A malfunctioning motor is often a source of ceiling fan noise. Verify if there’s any lubrication left within the motor. Add several drops of oil to the motor if it’s dry.

If the buzzing sound continues after successful lubrication, the motor may be breaking down. An electrician can help residents make that determination.

But if there is any sound, then you should always lubricate the fan motor to help it run smoothly. Use a lubricant that is safe for use with fans. And you should apply lubricant to the fan motor and screws.

Clean the fan and motor with a soft cloth if it becomes clogged. While you are at it, also check for loose or missing screws.

If you are not comfortable opening up the fan, then contact any electricians to do it for you.

4. Balance the Blades

Ceiling fans with poorly balanced blades can cause noise and movement. The blades may rattle too.

To fix this, you will need to tighten it or replace the fan blades.


A ceiling fan can make noise for a variety of reasons. The reasons are here as a tip of an iceberg. If you find any noise from your ceiling fan that you cannot locate, then you should contact your electrician nearby.

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