Ceiling Fan

How To Fix A Clicking Ceiling Fan In Five Easy Steps

If you’ve ever been disturbed by the clicking noise coming from your ceiling fan, then you know how annoying it can be. No need to worry! It is not a much big issue because I also had the problem and I did it myself. I will also encourage DIY!

It’s pretty easy to fix this clicking ceiling fan problem, and before you know it, you’ll be enjoying the cool breeze without any distractions.

Here are five steps on how to fix a clicking ceiling fan with ease.

Clicking Ceiling Fan

Check the Blades of the ceiling fan

If you hear the noise coming from one particular blade, gently touch it and see if it’s loose. In case, tighten the screws on that blade with your fingers.

Otherwise, go through the blades one by one from top to bottom until you find the offending blade. It may take some time, but be patient and persistent: You’ll get there eventually.

Check the Motor of the fan

If the clicking sound is coming from the motor, it’s probably telling you that it needs to be lubricated.

Often, this can be done by smearing a dab of Vaseline or other cooking oil (such as olive or vegetable) on the blades of the fan and spinning them with your hand.

If you’re not up for getting your hands dirty, you can also just replace the fan itself. If you’re trying to save money, take it apart and clean the components inside first before replacing it.

Clean the Blades

Ceiling fans are good for more than just moving air around. They can also help clean the air by trapping and pulling dust, dirt, and other particles downward.

Keeping them clean will keep them working at their best! To clean your blades.

First, remove any light fixture globes or other material from the blades.

Next, use a vacuum cleaner with an upholstery attachment to suck up any dust that has accumulated on the blades.

Finally, wipe down each blade with a damp cloth and dry it off with another cloth before replacing it on the ceiling fan motor.

Now you’re ready for many years of cool breezes!

Lubricate the Motor

  • Locate the fan blades and remove them from the fan. Be careful not to touch any other part of the ceiling fan as you will need to get back up there at some point.
  • Apply lubricant liberally, or wet, with your hand or a paper towel, all over the motor shaft, including on top and below where it extends out of the housing
  • Put the blades back on and turn them by hand or give them a gentle spin with your foot until they’re spinning smoothly again- you should be able to hear if they’re working better now!
  • If they still sound like they’re clicking when you spin them, then remove them again and apply more lubricant- be generous!

Tighten Any Loose Screws

The first step is to identify any loose screws that might be causing the clicking noise. A simple way to do this is by standing underneath the fan and tapping it with your hand.

If you hear an echo, or if you hear the sound of something hitting metal, then it’s possible that one of the screws on top of the fan blade has come loose and needs to be tightened.

If this happens, you will need a small screwdriver, which can usually be found under the kitchen sink or in your toolbox.

Some ceiling fans also have an access panel near the light bulb where you can easily find any loose screws and tighten them.

Once you have tightened all of these screws, then proceed to another section of this guide for further instructions on how to fix a clicking ceiling fan.


How to fix the ceiling fan clicking and wobbling?

Fixing your ceiling fan might sound like an intimidating project, but with these simple steps. It’s something you can do on your own and save yourself the cost of an electrician.

  • Shut off power to the ceiling fan at the circuit breaker box
  • Remove any blades from the fan
  • Unscrew the light kit, if there is one installed
  • Carefully loosen each blade screw and remove them one by one without spinning them loose so that they are not damaged
  • Turn the blades around so that the screws face inward. Then tighten all of the screws firmly but not too tight with a Phillips head screwdriver
  • Reattach any light kit you have and turn on the power at the circuit breaker boxrrju7

Why ceiling fan makes noise when rotating?

When your ceiling fan is clicking, the most common reason is that something has become stuck in the blades.

The easiest way to fix this problem is by using an e-clip which can be purchased at any hardware store or home improvement center.

You will need to first turn off the power before you start working on your ceiling fan.

First, find the clip on either end of the blade that’s making noise and remove it with a pair of pliers or a screwdriver.

Next, take an e-clip and fit one end over the protruding metal piece on either side of the blade.

Once you have both ends of the e-clip secured on each side of the blade, turn it clockwise until it’s snug against both sides of the blade.

How do I stop the ceiling fan from clicking?

If you have a ceiling fan that’s making noise, it can be difficult to figure out what the cause is.

This post will give you five steps to take when troubleshooting your ceiling fan.

  • Check the bearings for excess wear and tear
  • Clean the blades with a vacuum cleaner or dry cloth
  • Lubricate any loose screws or fittings with oil/grease (lubricant)
  • Tighten any loose screws on the motor housing, if applicable, by hand or with an adjustable spanner wrench
  • Ensure that all cables are secured and connected before turning on the power again!

Why does my ceiling fan make a ticking sound?

The clicking sound from your ceiling fan is most likely caused by the motor’s bearings. If you hear the clicking, it’s time to replace the motor.

The motors on these fans are designed with ball bearings that can wear down and become pitted. When this happens, it can cause noise and even lead to more serious problems like overheating or burning out.

Replacing a ceiling fan motor usually takes about half an hour. Costs around $100-$200, and requires only basic household tools (a screwdriver and wire cutters).

Before you get started, shut off the power to the fan at your breaker box. Then use wire cutters to remove the old wires from their corresponding terminals on the old motor.

Also Read: Fix Ceiling Fan Not Working? An Ultimate Guide 


If you have an annoying ceiling fan that is clicking or making noises, don’t worry!

You can fix the problem with just a few simple steps.

First, remove the light cover and switch. Next, unscrew the nut on top of the fan blade closest to the power source. Carefully take out the blade.

Then, remove all but one screw from each side of the next blade down and turn it so that it’s pointing up towards you.

Now place this upside-down blade on top of your original one with two screws in between them and tighten both screws until their snug.

Last but not least, put your light cover back on and switch back to the normal position! Your ceiling fan should now be fixed for good!

Talha Hanjra

Hi! I'm Talha Hanjra. I have a natural affinity for cutting-edge technological devices, and I enjoy finding solutions to their difficulties. I'll tell you how to fix various outdated gadgets and where to buy the best products. My research and experience will be of tremendous use to you.

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