Having a ceiling fan in your home can be the perfect tool for the days that it's not quite hot enough to turn on the central air conditioning. If you aren't getting much wind flow through your open windows, the fan can move the air and dramatically improve your comfort. Whether your ceiling fan is old or new, it's important to perform a handful of maintenance tips that will keep it running smoothly and avoid you having to call an electrician to repair or replace the fan. Although the overhead location of the fan can make some maintenance jobs a little challenging, they're nonetheless critical to perform. Here are the things you should be doing.

Dusting

Dusting your fan is a key way to prevent the fan's blades from distributing dust into the air, which is especially ideal if anyone in your family has asthma or other breathing issues. However, the dust that accumulates on the blades can do more than jeopardize the air quality — it can also cause problems with the fan. It's easy for dust to get blown inside the fan's housing and coat the various electrical components. This can prevent the heat from escaping, which can risk overheating the fan. A microfiber duster on a telescoping pole is a simple way to remove dust from the blades before you turn on the fan. This is especially important in the springtime if you didn't use the fan over the entire winter.

Lubrication

If you run the fan a lot, you'll often hear it begin to squeal as it turns. This is a sign that the fan needs lubrication, and failing to do so can shorten the life of the fan. Provided that you can reach the fan with ease — for example, with a stepladder — the lubrication process is simple. Ceiling fans commonly have an oil hole on the housing; check for the hole or otherwise consult your owner's manual. A few drips of general-purpose oil in the oil hole will quiet your fan.

Vibration Reduction

If you can visually tell that your fan is vibrating more than usual or you've started to hear ticking or clicking noises, your fan can typically benefit from having some of its parts tightened. The fan blades are typically mounted with two screws; over time, the movement of the fan can loosen these screws and cause vibration. If left unattended, the looseness of the hardware can damage the threads or the mounting holes and require professional care. By tightening any loose screws with a screwdriver, you'll avoid this problem. Contact a business, such as E.J. Gray Electric, for more information. 

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