How to Balance a Ceiling Fan Without a Balancing Kit – A Beginner Guide


Ceiling fans that are not balanced can cause problems. When they turn on, they make a loud rumbling noise. The ceiling fan may wobble so much that it can be dangerous to your safety. The unbalanced blades can cause the pull chain to make the most noise when it touches the light. This article will describe the easy steps on how to balance a ceiling fan without a balancing kit.

How to balance a ceiling fan with coins

It is easy to balance a ceiling fan using a balancing tool, but it requires a few coins and tape. It’s a method that involves trial and error to find the best fan blade balance. Once you have identified the worst side, you will be able to fine-tune your balancing using lighter coins like pennies and nickels. You can use a helper to balance because they can give you supplies and even turn on the ceiling fan when necessary.

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How to balance a ceiling fan without a balancing kit

Things you’ll need to balance a ceiling fan without a balancing kit

  • Painters tape: Secure the fan blades with blue painter’s tape. Blue video is excellent as it leaves no residue and is very easy to use.
  • Quarters, Nickels, and Penny: Coins can be used to balance fans without the need for a kit. They are flat and available in many weights. At least one quarter, one nickel and one or two pennies are required.
  • Chair or ladder: To reach the top of each ceiling fan blade, you will need a chair or ladder.
  • Cleaning Wipes. A cloth or a wipe is used to clean the blades from dust and debris before the balancing.
  • Pencil Use a pencil for reference to number each fan blade and take note of the coin’s impact and placement.

Step 1

To remove dirt and dust, wipe the blades of your ceiling fan with a damp cloth. Actually, just sweeping away the dust can reduce wobbling and noise. This step is crucial to ensure that the ceiling fan is clean and the coins adhere to the tape.

Step 2

Use a marker or pencil to mark the tip of each fan blade. You will see a reference for each fan blade as you adjust the weight or balance. It takes only a few seconds to mark the edges with numbers.

Step 3

Tape a Quarter on Each Fan Blade Tip. Use blue painter’s tape to tape a quarter onto each fan blade to make the most significant improvement. Place the quarter flat on top of the edge. Turn the ceiling fan up to maximum speed and check if it wobbles. Tape the quarter to the opposite side of the fan blade. Then remove the quarter. The taped quarter should be applied to the side that makes the most improvement.

Step 4

Tape a nickel to an adjacent fan blade to improve the balance. If this doesn’t improve balance, you can try another side with the nickel. With the nickel, you can also experiment with different fan blade parts. The nickel will have less impact if placed further to the center.

Step 5

To keep track of where it is, mark the ceiling fan with a pencil. Also, it would be best if you noted the impact it had to help you remember which areas are most important. You can also draw a diagram of your ceiling fan using a notepad if you don’t wish to mark it.

Step 6

Tape a penny to various fan blade areas using the quarter and the adjacent edge using the nickel. An experiment in different areas and many pennies to get the best results. To keep the coins in place, tape them with clear tape

How to balance a wobbly ceiling fan

Make sure to clean the blades. Martin suggests that you give your fan a thorough cleaning before doing anything more extreme, especially if they have been in place for a long time. Busch means that you use a pillowcase to clean the blades. This will minimize the mess. Place an old pillowcase around the edge to reach the fan using a step ladder. Be careful not to get any dust off. Apply slight pressure to the fan blade so that the pillowcase covers the entire length.

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Take a look at the structure of the ceiling fan

Edwards says that ceiling fans must be mounted on the correct ceiling mount to ensure stability. They can be on an electrical box with fan rating attached to an adjustable fan brace or on a cross beam measuring 2’x4′ with lag screws. You can check the installation by climbing up a ladder to loosen the bracket housing. The fan will not support its additional weight if it is attached to an electric box designed for light fixtures. This is the most dangerous situation, as it could eventually cause the fans to fall. This is where a professional may be needed to help you remove the ceiling fan from the ceiling and install it correctly.

Fix any loose screws

Check for loose connections if the overall structure appears stable. Busch says that you can turn off the fan and then use a screwdriver to tighten the screws. Turn the fan on again to check if it is still wobbling. Edwards suggests that you use a tape measure for precise measurements of the vertical distance between the ceiling and the tip of each ceiling fan blade. Adjust the blades that aren’t precisely the same by tightening their mounting screws.

Check for damaged or warped blades

Wobble can be caused by bent blade arms, warped or drooping blades, or too long blades. Edwards says that wobble is most common in indoor-only fan models with MDF blades. She suggests that you scrutinize each fan blade and replace any damaged. Many manufacturers offer replacement parts for every fan. Contact customer service to get more information.

Check the balance of each blade

Martin says that if your fan still has issues, it is time to balance the blades. A majority of fans come with a balancing set and instructions. However, they can be purchased separately. Edwards says that kits come with a plastic clip, five weights and an adhesive backing. This makes it easy to attach the weights to the fan blades. The fan should be turned off. Next, attach the plastic clip to the blade approximately halfway up its length. To check if the instability has decreased, turn on the fan. Continue this process until you find the problem.

After identifying the problem blade, slide your clip along the edge towards the end. This should take about one inch. After each adjustment, check the fan to see if it is improving. Once the fan appears stable, place one of the balanced weights parallel to the clip in the middle of the fan blade. Then glue or stick the weight in place. Take out the clip.


You can balance a ceiling fan using tape and coins, even if you don’t have a balancing tool. You tape a quarter to each blade. Then you can adjust the balance using pennies and nickels. It is crucial to mark every fan blade and note which areas had the most significant impact. Before balancing the ceiling fan, it is essential to remove all dust and debris. I hope this guide was helpful.

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