Run the fan and then take a piece of chalk and slow bring it in toward the
edge of the moving paddles. As soon as the chalk is hit by a paddle turn the
fan off. Once the fan stops look for the chalk mark on the paddles. The one
with the mark will be the heavy side...just in case you end up wanting to
1. First make sure all of the blades are evenly spaced. Most fan motors have
screw holes to accommodate 4 or 5 paddles. I have seen the wrong holes used,
making the fan wobble.
2. Loosen each of the paddle mounting screws 1/2 a turn, pull each paddle
outward one at a time from center of the fan and retighten the screws.
3. Try swapping two of the paddles around to see if a difference can be
4. If all else fails, stop and buy a paddle fan balancing kit. The
instructions come with the kit.
You can also measure the distance from the blade tip to the ceiling to
find the heavy side. The fan can be gently rotated to measure from
the same spot in the ceiling (if it's mounted to a beam, for example).
I guess if it's suspended 6' from the ceiling (like my great room) a
piece of chalk... ;-)
A large washer (weight) and a small piece of good double-stick tape
(stuck to the ceiling side) work too. Put the weight in the middle of
the high blade top surface. Turn it on again and find the high side
again. Move the weight out on the blade if this is still the high
side blade or in if this blade is now the low side. Repeat - rinse.
Another trick I read of is to temporarily use clothes pins. Move
them around on the blades to see where they reduce the inbalance.
There are some self adhesive wheel weights that might work for the
actual balancing. Example here: http://tinyurl.com/n3593s
I bought some at the local auto parts store some time ago. I thought
they were considerably cheaper.
Balance the fan?
Try adding some small weights to the blades on one side. There might be a
kit that the h/w store sells to fix this. But it shouldn't be difficult to
rig something up on your own.
Just fasten the weights securely, or you'll get a rude awakening
Paul Hovnanian email@example.com
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