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November 2, 2021

Written by HomeAdvisor.

The typical cost to repair a ceiling fan ranges from $88 and $196. If your ceiling fan requires a simple repair, such as blade adjustment, lubrication, or a new pull chain, you could pay as little as $50. On the other hand, more complex issues tend to be expensive—replacing a capacitor or motor can cost $350 or more.

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  1. Repair a Ceiling Fan Cost Calculator
  2. Ceiling Fan Repair Installation Cost
    1. Per Hour
    2. Per Project
  3. Ceiling Fan Repair Cost by Type
    1. Excessive Movement
    2. Excessive Noise
    3. Inadequate Air Flow
    4. Lighting
    5. Won’t Turn On
  4. Ceiling Fan Repair Cost Factors
    1. Extent of the Issue
    2. Age of the Fan
    3. Brand and Model
  5. Cost to Repair a Ceiling Fan Yourself
  6. DIY vs. Hire an Electrician
  7. FAQs
    1. Can you repair ceiling fans?
    2. Why do ceiling fans make noise?
    3. Is it easier to replace a ceiling fan than repair it?

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Ceiling Fan Repair Installation Cost

When hiring a professional to help with ceiling fan repair, you’ll typically pay per hour or a flat fee for the entire repair.

Per Hour

Depending on the ceiling fan repair you require, you might hire a local handyperson for simpler issues and an electrician for more complex ones. Deciding which pro to hire usually comes after doing a little diagnostic work on your end. If you can’t figure out which of the two to call, it’s generally best to contact a local electrician, as they’ll have the skills to make the repair, no matter what you need.

The cost of hiring a handyperson generally runs from $60 to $75 per hour, largely dependent on your location. If you hire a handyman that’s part of a larger business, rather than one who owns their own business, you might pay up to $125 per hour.

The cost of hiring an electrician typically runs from $50 to $100 an hour. Note that many electricians also charge a trip fee to cover the costs of traveling to your home. This fee might add $25 to $75 per project, for a total price of $75 to $175 for the first hour of service.

Per Project

In some cases, a repair technician may decide to charge you a flat rate. In this case, the tech is likely confident they know what’s wrong with your ceiling fan and how long it will take to fix.

How much you’ll pay on a per-project basis for ceiling fan repair depends largely on what exactly is wrong. Repairing a pull chain usually costs $50 to $100, while repairing the fan’s lighting or blades typically costs $70 to $175.

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Ceiling Fan Repair Cost by Type

A ceiling fan that doesn’t turn on is an obvious problem, but you may encounter other kinds of issues that detract from a ceiling fan’s form or function.

Excessive Movement

More commonly called wobbling, excessive ceiling fan movement may have several causes. In most cases, the problem stems from an imbalance with the blades or even the entire unit.

To fix a fan that wobbles, an electrician may clean and tighten the blades, install a blade balancing kit, replace the hanger ball, or reattach the fan to the outlet box. The typical repair bill for this issue is $90 to $200.

Excessive Noise

When a ceiling fan is installed properly and functioning correctly, it should make little noise. If yours is humming, rattling, or squeaking, the fix could be as simple as a quick cleaning. Other times, these noises signify that your fan’s screws are loose or that the motor is failing.

Humming

In most cases, a ceiling fan hums because some part of the fan is vibrating when coming into contact with another surface. You could be dealing with loose screws or ball bearings that are wearing out. Sometimes a humming noise can indicate that your ceiling fan capacitor or motor is failing and will soon need replacement.

A repair tech may tighten all fasteners, replace ball bearings, or add lubrication to fix a humming ceiling fan. You can expect the fix to cost $90 to $200.

Rattling

As with humming, rattling usually occurs when something is loose. In this case, the noise is likely coming from your blades, your lighting kit, or your housing cover.

If you’d like to fix the problem on your own, watch your fan as it moves. If you can see some parts moving more than usual, you can use a screwdriver to tighten the screws holding that portion in place.

If you need a professional’s help for diagnosing and fixing the problem, you’ll probably see a repair bill of $90 to $200.

Squeaking

Dust accumulation is the most common cause of a squeaky fan. When it enters small crevices and works its way between moving parts, it causes friction and noise. The easiest fix for this problem is to clean your fan.

If your fan still squeaks after you’ve cleaned the blades, housing, and other accessible areas, you may need the help of a professional for cleaning and lubricating the fan’s motor and other internal parts. This job generally runs from $90 to $200.

Inadequate Air Flow

While ceiling fans don’t use refrigerants like air conditioners, the way they move air throughout a room should make the space feel cooler and more comfortable. If you notice that your ceiling fan is powering on but not providing much relief, you likely have a problem with inadequate airflow.

The two most common issues that lead to diminished airflow are incorrect installation height and issues with the blades.

You can determine proper installation height by measuring the height of your walls. If you have a typical room with walls that are 9 feet tall, your fan should hang 12 inches from the ceiling. If your fan is hanging at the incorrect height, a repair technician can adjust its mounting on the down rod.

The ideal pitch for a ceiling fan—that is, the angle of its blades—is about 12 degrees. If your ceiling fan’s blades are positioned at a flatter angle, you may not notice much air movement. A repair technician generally fixes this by simply adjusting the screws of the blades.

The cost for both of these types of repairs averages $80 to $125.

Lighting

Ceiling fans with light kits may occasionally encounter issues with flickering or non-functioning lighting. If presented with this issue, the first thing you should do is install new light bulbs—it's a fast, easy, and affordable fix.

If the lightbulbs are not the culprit, you might be dealing with damaged light sockets or loose wiring. Both of these issues are usually easy fixes, but it may take a technician up to two hours to complete the job. The average cost for these fixes is $70 to $175.

Won’t Turn On

If your ceiling fan doesn’t turn on, you might worry that you’re dealing with a big problem. In some cases, it could be as simple as an issue with a pull chain. In more severe cases, the fan may need motor replacement.

Pull Chain

When you pull on a ceiling fan’s chain, you may notice that the fan doesn’t turn on at all or that it doesn’t cycle between speeds. You might also notice that the chain has completely separated from the fan, doesn’t move because it appears stuck, or moves freely, but the fan still doesn’t function.

The most common fixes relating to a fan’s chain include chain replacement, lubrication, and pull switch replacement. The usual cost for these fixes runs from $85 to $150.

Wall Switch

When you flip your wall switch to turn on your ceiling fan and it doesn’t respond, it may not be a fault of the fan itself—sometimes, it might be a problem with the wall switch itself or something else relating to the electrical system, such as the circuit breaker.

When diagnosing a fan that doesn’t turn on, an electrician will usually check the circuit breaker first to see if it’s been tripped. From there, they will check for loose wires in the wall or a faulty wall switch. 

Assuming that the repair tech can fix the problem with these steps, you can expect to pay $90 to $150.

Motor

When it’s clear that the reason your fan doesn’t turn on is some fault with the fan itself, your repair tech will start disassembling your unit. They will first look for loose wires, which might occur due to poor installation practices or simple loosening over time and use.

If there are no issues with the wiring, your technician may run tests to determine that there’s an issue with the fan’s capacitor or motor. Replacing a capacitor usually costs $85 to $300, while replacing the fan’s motor generally runs from $100 to $350.

Ceiling Fan Repair Cost Factors

Several factors determine how much it costs to repair a ceiling fan. In addition to figuring out the exact issue, the age and brand of the fan also play important parts in determining repair costs.

Extent of the Issue

For obvious reasons, the extent of your particular issue plays the largest role in how much it costs to repair a ceiling fan. A ceiling fan that doesn’t turn on might be suffering from a faulty pull chain that costs as little as $85 to repair. A motor that has worn out could also be the cause, but that repair might cost as much as $350.

Age of the Fan

As ceiling fans age, it’s more likely that you’ll need to spring for repairs because parts simply wear out. Contemporary fans may cost as much to fix as new fans as part availability is high. 

However, if you’ve got an old fan, you might find that your repair bills are higher because it’s simply more difficult to find parts that are compatible with your unit. In some cases, an electrician may need to special order a component. If the repair tech can’t find a replacement, installing a brand-new ceiling fan may be the only option.

Brand and Model

There are many ceiling fans out there, ranging from inexpensive, entry-level units that you can purchase at your local hardware store to luxury ceiling fans made with premium materials and the latest technology. 

It’s generally more affordable to fix ceiling fans from popular manufacturers because replacement parts are bountiful, and in some cases, interchangeable between brands. More expensive fans are also more expensive to fix because the manufacturer may be the only source for replacement parts.

Cost to Repair a Ceiling Fan Yourself

If you can diagnose and repair a ceiling fan yourself, you can save big bucks. You can find many replacement parts at your local hardware store or online, and you won’t have to pay for labor costs. In some cases, you might not even have to spend a penny on repair costs. Sometimes, ceiling fans just need a good cleaning, retightening of their screws, or a bit of lubricant.

There might even be times when you find that simply replacing an entire ceiling fan is easier or more economical than trying to figure out or fix what’s wrong with it. This situation is especially true if you purchase entry-level fans or brands that are common in hardware stores. New fans can cost as little as $50, and because you’re simply changing one out for another, you don’t have to worry about running new wire—you’ll just use the existing outlet box.

DIY vs. Hire an Electrician

Fixing a faulty ceiling fan involves two steps: Determining what’s causing the issue and then making the necessary repairs. In most cases, you may be capable of the latter, but you may not know where to start for the former.

Because a ceiling fan is an electrical appliance, some repair jobs are better left to professionals. It’s easy to clean blades and tighten screws, but it can be dangerous to poke around a ceiling fan’s motor or any other part of your electrical system if you think your problem stems from loose or damaged wiring.

Unless you have extensive experience working with electricity, it’s generally a safer idea to hire a local electrician.

FAQs

Can you repair ceiling fans?

Depending on what’s causing the issue with your ceiling fan, a repair is definitely an option. This is more likely the case when you have a ceiling fan that’s noisy or wobbling but still functioning. Even a ceiling fan that doesn’t turn on may have an easy fix, like a tripped circuit breaker or a faulty pull chain.

Why do ceiling fans make noise?

Ceiling fans make noise for a variety of reasons, including loose fasteners, a buildup of dirt and dust, and worn-out parts. In most cases, a noisy ceiling fan is an easy repair—if you’re handy, you can tighten screws, apply lubricant, and give the fan a thorough cleaning to see if it fixes the problem.

Is it easier to replace a ceiling fan than repair it?

The truth is, in some cases, it really does make more sense to install a new ceiling fan rather than repair an old one. It typically costs $100 to $300 to replace a ceiling fan, which could be significantly lower than the bill that comes with replacing a capacitor or motor.

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