Did you turn on the switch for your ceiling fan, but the fan did not respond? Ceiling fans, like most electrical devices, have several points of failure from the electrical panel to the device itself. If you have encountered issues with your ceiling fan, here are a few easy tricks to use to get it working again.
Ensure that the circuit breaker is not tripped and that the wall control is working.
Shut off electrical power to the fan then check inside the canopy for any loose wires and reconnect them if necessary.
Make sure the directional switch on the fan is not stuck in between settings.
If the ceiling fan has a pull chain, pull it in case the fan is in the "off" position.
See if you can spin the blades by hand. If you cannot, then the motor may be stuck or seized.
Five parts in a fan that often break
Balancing clip—The balancing clip helps keep the ceiling fan blades spinning evenly, and it can be easily attached to or removed from an individual blade as needed.
Reversing switch—Most fans have a small switch close to the canopy that changes the direction in which the fans spin. If the fan will only spin in one direction or seemingly not at all, then the reversing switch may need to be replaced.
Blade mounting bracket—The blade mounting bracket mounts to the motor to hold the fan blades in place. If the screws on the motor or blades become loose, they will need to be tightened or replaced.
Motor—The motor connects to the fan blades and spins them. If you are unable to spin the fan blades by hand or the engine makes a humming or grinding noise, it is likely seized up and in need of replacement.
Canopy—The canopy sits against the ceiling and is usually where the electrical connections are made. If the fan works intermittently or lacks full functionality, it may be due to a loose wire inside the canopy.