Unbalanced Ceiling Fan FAQ’s
Can a wobbly ceiling fan fall off?
A wobbly ceiling fan can fall off if 1) the screws attaching the fan to the junction box are not firmly attached or if 2) the ceiling fan was improperly installed in an electrical junction box designed for a light fixture instead of a fan. The weight of the fan plus the torsion during use can cause the fan to break free from the ceiling. Additionally, a wobbly ceiling fan can cause a light fixture to fall off and come crashing down, potentially causing injury.
Are ceiling fans supposed to shake?
A wobble of up to ⅛ inch is normal. This amount of wobble is almost unnoticeable. A ceiling fan is not supposed to shake noticeably. If your fan is visibly shaking, making thumping or clicking noises, or if the motor is buzzing or squeaking, you should balance the fan or have a licensed electrician come to review and correct the installation.