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How to tell when it is time for an electric fan service

Electric fans are a versatile fixture in residential homes and are often installed in multiple areas or rooms to give the HVAC system a rest from time to time. They improve home circulation, reduce electric bills and allow for windows to be swung open to let fresh air inside the home.

But just as with other home appliances, electric fans also have limited life spans and there will come a point when they will require electric fan service or repair.

How can you tell when it is time to call a professional electrician and how can you make sure that your fan installation is still up to par?

Kinds of electric fans and signs that it is time for a fan repair:

  1. Ceiling fans – Ceiling fans are mechanical fans mounted on the ceiling of a room that use hub-mounted rotating blades to circulate air. Most ceiling fan motors are capable of oscillating in clockwise and anti-clockwise directions and are equipped with pull chains or wall switches for switching on and off. Normally, a ceiling fan has between 3-5 fan blades although other industrial type ceiling fans can have up to 8 blades. They can fan large spaces such as living rooms or dining areas. Most ceiling fans produce white noise, but once you notice that the noise is becoming more annoying, loud or is beginning to sound like a grating sound, it may be a sign that it is time for electric fan service. You may also want to get your fan checked once you notice that the blades aren’t rotating at a normal speed or don’t adjust to speed settings.
  2. Exhaust fans – Exhaust fans draw out moisture and improve ventilation in rooms such as bathrooms or kitchens where activities conducted cause the accumulation of moisture. For exhaust fan installation, call a professional electrician to ensure safety.
  3. Wall-mounted fans – These fans are a super space saver because they are wall-mounted and provide superior air throw as well as assure instant evaporative cooling. If your fan suddenly stops oscillating, stars making abnormal sounds when switched on, it is a clear indication that it is time for electrical services provider to be called in.
  4. Pedestal fans – These type of fans may be the most flexible utility appliance there is. They are portable and can easily be moved from one room to another and while it does not require any wiring or mechanical intervention, there may come a time when a pedestal fan may need to be repaired by a professional and licensed electrician such as when the blades stop running at normal speeds, or when it doesn’t respond to different speed settings.

Whatever type of fan suits your family’s needs, it is important to determine when it is time for a fan service to ensure your appliance is maintained and always in top working condition.


Contact CLF Services today for a fan service or repair quote.


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