Have you ever asked yourself when exactly do you need to replace your ceiling fan? Is there a specific time span? What are the signs that it needs replacement? The same questions have been thrown to me before and frankly, there are no specifics of when you need to remove the fan hanging in your room and go get a new set. But there are certainly estimations, consideration and common signs that can be your reference in deciding whether or not it’s time to let go of your cooling device. Appliance life spans are widely published.  Exhaust and ceiling fans are estimated to typically last for a maximum of 10 years while air conditioners last for 8 to 15 years.  These estimations are of course dependent on the quality of the fan you have and the frequency of its usage.   If you have a Hunter ceiling fan then it will last a lot longer due to it’s very high build quality and the Lifetime Warranty provided which is pretty unique in the market.

One thing you need to remember, that the most expensive is not always the best. Thus, you can’t measure the quality of the fan by its price alone.

Now don’t get me wrong, good quality fan really costs more than those cheaper ones but sometimes, the most expensive ones have more or less the same quality with those at average prices. The price differences can be indicative of several other factors such as deliver, warranty services, consultation, and the like.

Style – If you are updating or redecorating a room one of the best ways to contribute to the makeover is to update the fan with a more stylish model.  If the fan you have is still working well then a cheaper option is to change the blades or to add a light kit to it.  Since it provides such a focus to the room a new ceiling fan is a wise investment.

The easiest and possibly the best thing you can do find out about quality is to ask around. Speak to your friends and ask what type of fans they are using and if it’s working great. Another option is to read product reviews online and see what others are saying about a particular brand.  You’ll be surprised by the things you’ll find out.

Home office fanNow let’s go to the issue of the frequency of usage. Begin assessing by answering the following questions:

  • How many hours a day do you have your ceiling fan turned on? (on average)
  • How many hours do you turn it off? (approximate)

These are two simple questions that will tell you a lot. Obviously, a fan that is used more frequently has greater tendency of wearing out first, given that both undergo regular cleaning and maintenance.

Knowing how much workload you give to your fan will tell you if the diminishing satisfaction you receive from it is a product of old age or technical issues.

What are the signs of a fan needing replacement?

As I’ve mentioned, there’s no definite things to tell you that you have to replace it. But initial signs of the following deserve to be looked into:

  • Annoying buzzes that develop after a few years.  This is due to either sub-standard capacitors or poor quality motor windings and laminates.
  • Wobbling – a properly installed fan should never wobble.  This is a sign of an inferior hanging device or unbalanced blades.
  • Squeaky sound of the fan even after oiling.
  • Diminishing speed.
  • Recurring technical issues even after a professional fix.

If you have an old fan and let a technician fix any technical glitch but found out later on that the same problem occurs, then a replacement will certainly be best option.

How old is your ceiling fan? Are you seeing any signs that might indicate that it needs to be replaced?

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