In a sweeping turn of events, a recall issue has been ordered on Harbor Breeze Santa-Ana ceiling fans. The headlines read “the defective blades can become dangerous projectiles”
Which model has been recalled?
The Harbor Breeze Santa-Ana ceiling fan
Model number is LP8294LBN
Why has this fan been recalled?
There is the possibility that your Santa Ana ceiling fan can develop a problem with the blade holder. The blade holders can develop cracks over time and potentially break, which leads to the blade shooting off from the fan. Therefore, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a recall on the fan blades. This does not mean every Santa Ana fan will have this problem, but due to the possibility of your fan having a blade go flying off, it’s best to simply adhere to the recall and replace the blade holders.
How do I know if I have this fan?
Look on the fan motor, inside of the remote control. If you see this model number: LP8294LBN, then you have this fan.
You can also identify this fan as it has two dark brown, curved blades, frosted white bulbs, and a blade arm holder in a brushed nickel finish.
What should I do if I have this ceiling fan?
If you have this fan, then the blade holders (or blade arms) need to be replaced – but not the entire fan.
Don’t go to the Lowe’s store. Call Harbor Breeze – the manufacturer, the phone number is 1-888-434-3797. Their hours of operation are between 8 am and 5 PM. You can also email [email protected]
Update: April 16, 2021: Doing some recent research , it appears the number of fans that have been recalled are about 70,000. This information is subject to change also.
The Harbor Breeze Builder Series Armory is a simple styled fan, and that’s what makes it elegant. This fan can be flush mounted, which is great for rooms with low ceilings. Sometimes a bedroom can have a low ceiling, or perhaps you have a vaulted design which means the ceiling slopes. Flush mount fans make effective use of the space by eliminating the downrod.
The four blades are reversible and come in either a white or light oak finish. The pure white fan, as mentioned is simple yet elegant. The Fan with light oak blades looks great with a metallic, modern finish for the light kit. Harbor Breeze offers a limited lifetime warranty.
The Harbor Breeze Armitage ceiling fan is a sleek, appealing ornate ceiling fan with a brushed nickel finish and an LED light kit. The brushed nickel finish appeals to many home owners and ceiling fan enthusiasts. It has a silver, metallic look to it that can go well with almost any kind of decor.
The Armitage can be mounted in a flush mount setting, which is excellent for bedrooms and rooms that may have a low ceiling. A 52 inch blade span means the fan will move lots of air around the room. Light kits are made of alabaster glass. Alabaster glass is often beautiful and perhaps a little more detailed than a simple frosted glass design. The light kit also has 6.5 watt LED bulbs, which means not only is the fan appealing and attractive, it’s also energy efficient. Due to the low cost of this fan, and the low energy cost associated with utilizing the light kit, the Armitage ceiling fan has a low total cost of ownership.
The Tilghman is a damp rated fan, so it works on the porch or patio. The blades on the Tilghman work quite well to create a palm tree effect, as the blades do look like a palm tree. Thus, the Tilghman really can start and complete the look of having a fan that works well in a humid location, and it will stand up to the elements outside like rain or humid temperatures.
For whatever reason, it appears there are many requests for Tilghman replacement blades. We do our best to help you to find the replacement Harbor Breeze Tilghman replacement fan blades. If you have been unsuccessful in finding the Tilghman ceiling fan blades at your local retailer, you may now be looking online to find a place to acquire replacement Tilghman fan blades. Of course, you’ll want to ensure the fan blades are the right size first. Most of these fans that we run across, are 52″ blade spans. If you purchased your Tilghman with 52 inch fan blades, then this is relevant to your fan.
Although the Tilghman looks very sophisticated, the simplicity of the Tilghman is likely what attracts many homeowners and fan enthusiasts. There are three speeds. One of the things you should know about this fan is that Lowe’s describes it as “light kit adaptable” and “remote control adaptable.” This means that the fan likely does not come with either of these parts. It’s important to understand also that “remote control adaptable” may not necessarily mean you can simply purchase a remote and program it via dip switch settings to the fan. It is possible that an actual receiver needs to be purchased and installed into the fan. Be sure to ask the local retailer if you are considering purchasing a Tilghman fan. You’re welcome to post questions related to the Tilghman on our forums as well. If we don’t know the answer, other site visitors may be able to help.
When installing the remote control, be sure your fan is operated in high speed and light is on condition at the switch knob.
Dip Switch Programming
Programming a ceiling fan is not the same or even close to programming a remote control for the TV, or other appliances. For these instances, there are many buttons; there is a code entered to program the remote with the TV, with the cable box, etc. Remote controls for ceiling fans only have a few buttons. The difference is that dip switches are set to program the remote to the fan. This is a “physical” programming so to say, because there’s no codes or button combinations to enter. The dip switches can have 16 different possible combinations, as there’s 4 switches and 2 settings per dip switch – up or down. Therefore 4 to the power of 2, 16 possible combinations.
As long as the dip switches are set properly on the fan and the receiver, meaning that they’re the same on both, it’ll work. If the fan does not work, or there are other problems, try reading our troubleshooting guide for more information.
1. Setting the code on the remote
a) First thing is to remove the battery cover
b) Set the dip switches. When the remote comes from the factory, the dip switches will all be set to up. Don’t use it like this – you need to set your own pattern. The dip switches are also called “code switches” by some people but their correct term is dip switches. You can use any unique pattern you like but the more unique the setting or pattern, the less likely it is your fan will end up being controlled accidentally by someone with the same remote or similar remote (or even just a remote set to the same dip switch settings).
c) Put the battery cover back on.
d) The same code that was set on the remote, needs to be set on the receiver as well.
So, your fan has a wobbling problem. It squeaks, it wobbles, or maybe it does something different altogether. You’ve done some research online and come to the conclusion that your fan blades are warped, perhaps ever so slightly. Or you haven’t come to that conclusion at all – you know though that your fan has a problem, and you need to figure out how to fix it. Well, you’ve come to the right place. Blade balancing can be a little tricky – but it’s inexpensive, and it’s an excellent learning experience.
The concept behind blade balancing, is that your ceiling fan blades need to be in perfect alignment in order to work properly. A small variation in terms of one blade (or two) can lead to some of the above mentioned problems: wobbling fan, squeaky sounds, whirring sounds, fan blades seem to turn slowly, and perhaps other problems not mentioned. To correct this behavior, blade balancing is necessary. If you’re not sure if you have an uneven blade, a blade balancing kit will help. Basically how a blade balancing kit works, is you attach weights to the fan blades. You attach these weights to the fan blades one by one, in order to determine which fan blade may be out of alignment with the rest.
With all of that being said, you should try a blade balancing kit after you’ve checked to make sure that a loose screw isn’t causing the problem. Let’s take you through checking that first:
Tightening screws to stop wobbling ceiling fans
Tighten the screws on the mounting brackets, and the outlet box. You may need to expose the canopy first
Take a look at the downrod (if your fan has one, if not it’s a low profile fan). Make sure all the screws on the downrod are tight, and any other screws, rivets or pins are tightly secured also.
Check the screws on the fan blades, that connect them to the blade holders. Make sure they are snug and tight. Follow the blade holders along and make sure they are plugged into the motor housing properly as well. If there are any bent blade holders, you can adjust them slightly by pressing up or down on the blade bracket.
Using a measuring tape, measure distances along each blade to the ceiling. Start at the tip of the fan blade and measure to the ceiling. All of the fan blades should have the same height, or distance to the ceiling. If a fan blade is not the same height from the tip to the ceiling, then that is the blade that is causing the problem. Try adjusting blade holders as needed, in order to make the fan blades equal height or distance to the ceiling.
When done, turn on the fan and see if the wobbling has dissipated at all. If not, keep measuring, keep checking screws and see if you can figure out which blade is the culprit.
The 52 inch Harbor Breeze Sail Stream is a powerful, popular ceiling fan. The fan will provide cooling and heating capability throughout its lifetime (and the lifetime of your home or family). The fan has a sleek, attractive contemporary design. It has a powerful motor and with a 52 inch blade span, the fan can move lots of air around the room. This is great for larger rooms that need a big fan in order to move air. You can use the Sail Stream to help cool in the summer, and heat in the winter, cutting down on energy bills quite significantly.
The LED lighting provides both bright and very efficient lighting. The fan is installed in a flush mount setting, so it is able to be installed without a downrod. This is excellent for rooms where ceiling space is limited. The 52 inch blade span also is excellent for large rooms, where a large amount of airflow is required in order to cool or warm the room.
Is there a remote control included with this Harbor Breeze fan?
Yes, there is a remote included with this 52 inch Harbor Breeze Sail Stream fan.
With a silver blade color and a brushed nickel finish, the Harbor Breeze Bridgewater ceiling fan is an excellent addition to any home. The Bridgewater has three speeds, and is a three blade ceiling fan. Sometimes, a ceiling fan can have five or six blades, other times it has three blades. It’s up to the home owner to decide what works for them – or for you! This fan is not outdoor rated, so it should not be used for outdoor spaces – only indoor. The fan is reversible as well!
Do you have some thoughts or comments about this fan? If you’d like to let us know how your experience has been with the Harbor Breeze Bridgewater Fan, please leave a comment or review and let us know what you think of this fan. We’re happy to hear more and if you need help with this fan, we’re happy to help!
56 inch blade span
Includes remote control
12 inch downrod
Limited lifetime motor warranty, 1 year on other parts
Is your fan making rubbing or grinding noises? One idea may be to oil your ceiling fan. Usually, this is not required, but there is an easy way to check to see if your fan has an oil reservoir. If it does, your fan may need oiling as regular maintenance. We’ll walk you through checking for the oil reservoir here in this article. This article will show you how to oil a harbor breeze ceiling fan.
The oil reservoir hole is generally located on top of the motor, near the downrod. If your fan does have an oil reservoir, you will see a small hole labelled oil hole. If you’re not able to find it, it likely does not exist – in this case, your fan does not need oiling. Many of the newer fans on the market today actually don’t need oiling – so checking for the oil hole is a good idea for squeaky fans that made rubbing or grinding sounds.
If your Ceiling Fan has a Oil Reservoir Hole
If you are able to find a oil hole, then use a pipe cleaner and insert it into the hole. This will help test the fan’s oil level. If the pipe cleaner comes out with oil on it, then it does not need oil. If the pipe cleaner comes out and has no oil on it, or it’s a super small amount of oil, then it needs to have oil added. The type of oil to be added is non detergent electric motor oil. This works well for fans. You can also take a look at Hunter Oil for Fans. This oil is specially formulated to be used specifically with ceiling fans.
If you’re going to find your own ceiling fan oil, take a look first to see what the manual says that came with your fan. It may point out what kind of oil should be used with the fan. If not, then what you want is non detergent motor oil. Don’t use just any oil, as certain oils can light on fire. Electric motors could cause the oil to light. Look for a 10, 15 or 20 weight oil. Avoid using 3 in 1 oil, as this also has detergents in it.
Do not use WD 40 to oil the fan, as this is not a motor oil!
Antique Ceiling Fans & Oil Reservoir Holes
Antique fans are more likely to have oil reservoir holes. This is due to the age and the function of the fan. Newer fans generally don’t require oiling as much as an older vintage or antique fan. Again, the best way to verify is to look for an oil reservoir hole. If there is a reservoir hole, use the pipe cleaner method we mentioned to verify if the fan has sufficient oil. If the oil level is completely empty, you will want to fill it as soon as possible!
Do you have warped ceiling fan blades on your ceiling fan?
If you’re not sure whether your blades are warped, or you need to troubleshoot blades before you’ve come to this conclusion, read our article on using a blade balancing kit to determine if your Harbor Breeze blades are warped or not. Blades can become warped over time simply due to dust buildup. You may ask really, just some dust? The answer is yes. Over time, that dust buildup eventually causes blades to come out of alignment with other blades and become warped.
If you need to replace blades due to them being warped or other, this article will help you to replace blades as necessary.
There’s a few things you will need first:
Phillips screwdriver, or a battery powered drill works better to get the work done faster.
Replacement ceiling fan blades
You may need a ladder
We’ve broken down the steps in a numbered list below.
Remove the light kit using a screwdriver or the battery powered screwdriver
Remove the screws holding the kit to the fan
After that, start removing the blades, by removing the screws holding the blades in place. In doing so, you will remove the blade arms that attach to the blades
On the back side of the blades there are three screws. Remove those, and then get the new blade ready or blades.
Put the screws back into the new blade in order to attach the blade arm to the new blades
Ensure the screws are snug and secure
With the fan blade or blades now put back together, re-attach them to the fan and re-attach the screws
And that’s it! Pretty easy, right?
Here’s a sweet video explaining how to replace the fan blades. The video should make this super easy!