How to balance a ceiling fan with coins [2020]

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How to balance a ceiling fan with coins [2020]

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Our today’s topic is “how to balance a ceiling fan with coins”. If your fan wobbles and you want to fix your wobbly ceiling fan but you don’t have the weights to put on the ceiling fan blades. Don’t worry. We are going to tell you “ how to balance a ceiling fan with coins.” All you have to do is to read this entire article to be an expert in fixing the wobbly ceiling fan with pennies.

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Tools and Materials

  • Step Ladder: It will allow you to reach the ceiling.
  • Battery Powered Drill: Helps in tightening the ceiling fan screws. You can also use a screwdriver for this job.
  • Pillow Case: With this you are going to clean the ceiling fan blades.
  • Bandanna: To cover your mouth and nose during cleaning.
  • Old Sheet: Old sheet is being used to collect the falling dirt and dust.
  • Carpenter’s Tape: It will be used as an adhesive material for coins.
  • Glue: You also need metal glue for coins attachment to fan blade.
  • Coins: Couple of coins having different sizes will help in balancing the ceiling fan.
  • Voltage Tester: You will use it to check the voltage.

Clean ceiling fan with pillow case

The first step of our how to balance a ceiling fan with coins guide is to clean ceiling fan with pillow case. It is one of the easiest way to clean ceiling fan blades. The tool to clean ceiling fan blades are pillow case, old sheet, step ladder, and bandanna.

Before starting the cleaning, cover your mouth and nose with bandanna because it saves you from breathing in dust. Put the old sheet on the ground to collect the falling dust and dirt. Turn the breaker of that place off to cut off the power. Please make sure that power is off with the help of voltage tester. Use the step ladder to reach the ceiling for cleaning the fan.

Now, you can spread the pillow case onto the blade of the ceiling fan. Rub the blade by pushing pillow case in backward direction. Repeat this step 2 to 3 times for each blade and your ceiling fan blade will be clean. Sometimes, this easy way to clean ceiling fan blades help in reducing wobbling.

You can use this pillow case or paper towels to remove the dust from the canopies, down rod, and other parts of the ceiling fan. After cleaning the ceiling fan remove bandanna from your mouth and pick up the old sheet and keep it aside. Check the ceiling fan for any reduction in wobbling.

Inspect and Tight the Screws

Before balancing your ceiling fan, carefully inspect that all the screws are securely tightened. Whether they are at the junction box, down rod, or at the mounting bracket. You are advised to check the flange to motor screws and blade to flange screws. If you find any loose screw then tighten it up with battery powered drill or screwdriver.

How to balance a ceiling fan with coins

Use the step ladder again to reach the ceiling fan blades. First of all, put the balancing clip at the center of one of the ceiling fan blades. Turn on the power, run the ceiling fan, and observe the ceiling fan operation carefully. If you see any change in the wobbling of the ceiling fan?

If your fan is still wobbling then turn off the power. Take the clip from the ceiling fan blade and mount it on to the next blade at the same point. Again turn on the power source to check whether the wobbling is improved or worsened.

If you don’t see any change then repeat the same method for each blade of the ceiling fan to figure out the fan blade that is causing problems. When you place the balancing clip on to the unbalanced blade then the wobbling will be decreased.

After finding the unbalanced blade, now you are going to find the exact location where the blade is unbalanced. Switch off the fan and change the position of the clip from blade holder towards the tip of the blade. Move the balancing clip in small increments. At each location turn on the fan and observe the wobbling. In this way you will find the exact point where the wobbling will be the least.

Now, it’s time to balance a ceiling fan with coins. Place a coin in front of the balancing clip at the center between the edges of the unbalanced blade. Secure it with the help of the carpenter’s scotch tape. Switch on the fan and observe the wobbling of the fan. Whether the wobbling has increased or decreased, when the coin was placed.

If the ceiling fan has the least amount of wobble then put the adhesive glue on one side of the coin and place it on the blade. Press it for some seconds to make sure that it is attached properly.

And if the wobbling has increased then place a heavier coin on the same location with tape and see the wobbling. After getting positive results from the new coin, use adhesive glue to attach it to the fan blade at the same location.


Now you have complete information about “how to balance a ceiling fan with coins.”  Now it’s time to balance your wobbly ceiling fan with pennies by yourself. If you have any suggestions about how to balance a ceiling fan with pennies article then please let us know in the comment section below.

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One thought on “How to balance a ceiling fan with coins [2020]

  1. I read online that pennies weigh 2.5 g each and nickels weigh 5 g each. Quarters weigh 5.67 g each. Dimes weighs over 2 grams, but I can’t remember the exact weight. Since balancing kit weights are 5 g each, it seems as if using nickels and pennies would be the easiest. I suppose there a many weight combinations, which can be used, but the nickel and/or penny combo appear to be the easiest…

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