Harbor Breeze Blade Balancing

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.

 

Harbor Breeze Sail Stream

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.

 

Harbor Breeze Bridgewater Ceiling 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!

Harbor Breeze Bridgewater Ceiling Fan
Here’s what the Bridgewater fan looks like. An ornate fan with three blades and a silver finish.

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!

Included features:

  • 56 inch blade span
  • Includes remote control
  • Light kit
  • 12 inch downrod
  • Limited lifetime motor warranty, 1 year on other parts
  • Finish: brushed nickel

How to Oil a Harbor Breeze Ceiling Fan

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.

Harbor Breeze Ceiling Fan Oil Diagram
This diagram is a good depiction of how the oil level looks in your fan. The main question you need to ask is, does your ceiling fan have an oil hole. If it does, oiling the fan needs to be part of regular maintenance.

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!

 

How to Replace Ceiling Fan Blades

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.

  1. Remove the light kit using a screwdriver or the battery powered screwdriver
  2. Remove the screws holding the kit to the fan
  3. 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
  4. On the back side of the blades there are three screws. Remove those, and then get the new blade ready or blades.
  5. Put the screws back into the new blade in order to attach the blade arm to the new blades
  6. Ensure the screws are snug and secure
  7. 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!

Harbor Breeze Parklake Ceiling Fan Review

The Parklake is a beautiful ceiling fan from Harbor Breeze. The light kit looks kind of like a disco ball! It’s got so much beauty and ornate sleekness, you won’t know what to say. Just look at that picture below! The Parklake is a premium fan from Harbor Breeze and you can purchase it here. It has a brushed nickel finish, and 5 blades. The 5 blades are of a chocolate finish. The fan looks so yummy you may just try to eat it. Well, maybe not – it is a little pricey, after all. The fan certainly does add shine to wherever you put it, like your living room for example. The fan includes bulbs.

This fan works for rooms up to 400 sq. ft. The fan comes with a six inch downrod, and capable of three speeds. The fan also comes with a remote control. Hey, what does it not come with – right? The fan also includes a reverse airflow setting as well, allowing you to use the fan year round Air movement aside, as we’ve mentioned this fan truly is a lovely decor piece. You may find yourself staring at the fan more than actually caring about the functionality – however the fan still provides excellent functionality as well!

Where can I find the manual that came with my Harbor Breeze fan?

Finding the manual that came with your Harbor Breeze fan can be a frustrating task. If you aren’t able to locate the actual manual that came in the box, don’t worry. It’s common for many people not to keep the manual. You might be looking for the manual for a number of reasons – like finding troubleshooting information, or the phone number to contact for support.

If you are looking for the phone number to contact for support, you can find that on our phone numbers page. If you aren’t able to find your manual by browsing online, you’ll want to record the make and model of the fan. You can find the information on the box. You can also try looking at the fan to find any part numbers that you can see. Sometimes the part numbers may be on the fan housing or base of the fan as opposed to the fan blades.

We are not responsible for the information in these manuals, however we may be able to help by providing additional sources of information for troubleshooting fans, wiring diagrams, warranty information and other.

Who makes Harbor Breeze Ceiling Fans?

Harbor Breeze fans are manufactured by a company known as Litex Industries. Litex is based in Texas. At the time of this writing, their website is currently under construction – likely being re-developed. Litex is an importer and manufacturer of a number of different ceiling fan brands. Litex also produces lighting as well. In order to tell that a lighting product is produced by Litex, you can look for a simple X on the lighting kit or on the fan blades.

Litex has an exclusive relationship with a certain retailer – this means you’ll find Litex ceiling fans in this retail chain, but not other store chains. Litex is known for their energy efficient fan motors.

Where can I find contact details for Litex fan company?

At this time, since the Litex fans website is being updated / re-developed, we’re not able to find this information to provide it. If you are able to locate it, please do let us know the contact details for Litex so we may post it to our website! We would love to hear from you.

Is Litex a good quality fan manufacturer?

We would like to say so, yes. One way to look at it is that Litex does manufacture Harbor Breeze fans – so if it wasn’t for them, Harbor Breeze fans wouldn’t be available!

 

 

 

Ceiling fan is making a clicking noise

Whether you do have a Harbor Breeze ceiling fan, or a fan from another manufacturer, it’s possible that your fan may be making clicking noises. It’s possible that the fan may make these noises on any speed setting, or even just particular speed settings.

Many site visitors immediately think it’s a problem with the motor – which is actually not the case. If you have a problem with the motor, you may see symptoms like the fan not turning properly. Loud clicking noises can be the result of a loose blade, loose screw or another component that is generating the noise when friction is applied (when the fan turns). Check for loose blades. Take a look for the screws, or set screws that hold the blades onto the blade arms. Are they all secured well?

Try wiggling blades to find which blade is loose. Once you have found a loose blade, check all the screws and mounting components attached to that blade to find the source of the problem.

How to Prevent a Wobbling Ceiling Fan

To prevent wobbling fans and warped blades, it’s actually quite simple. What happens is over time, dust and dirt will accumulate on top of the ceiling fan. This is actually unknown to many. It may not look like a lot of dust or dirt, but because the fan blades have to be perfectly aligned when spinning, the dust & dirt accumulation over time will cause the blades to warp. Go figure, right? It’s not really known by many homeowners that ths is the reason why the blades or arms may eventually bend on a fan.

So, in order to prevent this from happening, the easiest way is to clean the fan every 6 months or so. If it gets heavy use, you may need to do this twice a quarter. The easiest way to clean the fan blades is just use a Kleenex or a cloth, with water. A damp cloth is actually fine too. If you have an electrostatic cloth that picks up dust really well, that’s the best way to go. Just some water or a damp cloth and you’re good – you don’t need to use soap or other chemicals. Depending upon the finish of your fan, it’s likely that chemicals (or even soap) could damage the finish. Kleenex also tends to rip, so use a cloth – that’s the easiest way to go. Make sure the cloth is clean so you’re not wiping things onto the fan.

Once you clean the tops and bottoms of the fan blades, why not just wipe down the rest of the fan too. You don’t need to remove the fan from the ceiling, but you can wipe down the motor housing, motor mount and whatever else is visible. Wiping down the fan and the blades often (especially the top of the blades) helps cut down on the dust and dirt buildup. It’s the stuff that remains on top of the fan blades; this is what warps the blades and will cause you the most amount of harm.

Using a Blade Balancing Kit to resolve a wobbling fan issue

If your fan has started experiencing wobbles, a blade balancing kit may help to resolve the issue. A blade balancing kit comes with some weights and instructions how to use them. The objective is to figure out via using the balancing kit, which blade is warped. It could be difficult to see to the human eye because it only requires the blade be unbalanced by a few fractions of an inch, in order to make the whole fan wobble when spinning. Take a look at the fan and have it spin slowly, on the first speed setting – can you see any blades that look out of alignment with the rest? If you take a look at the wobble, it may be possible to also notice which blade is causing the wobble.

Try using the blade balancing kit to figure out what blade is causing the problem. Once you’ve discovered the blade which is the issue, try to repair it by tightening nuts and bolts, cleaning the top of the fan blades, etc. In a worse case scenario, you may need to purchase replacement fan blades to replace the warped ones. Replacing a warped blade is pretty easy, just remove the correct screws and/or the blade bracket as required.