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Ceiling Fan Buzz (by James [NC]) Apr 30, 2021 10:38 PM
       Ceiling Fan Buzz (by MikeA [TX]) Apr 30, 2021 11:41 PM
       Ceiling Fan Buzz (by Small potatoes [NY]) Apr 30, 2021 11:50 PM
       Ceiling Fan Buzz (by James [NC]) Apr 30, 2021 11:57 PM
       Ceiling Fan Buzz (by Steve [MA]) May 1, 2021 6:13 AM
       Ceiling Fan Buzz (by plenty [MO]) May 1, 2021 9:12 AM
       Ceiling Fan Buzz (by kt [IL]) May 1, 2021 4:23 PM

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Ceiling Fan Buzz (by James [NC]) Posted on: Apr 30, 2021 10:38 PM
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Bit of an off one here. New purchase, has a nice looking ceiling fan with light kit in master bedroom. 3way switch for light, single pole switch for fan. Whenever the lights are on by themselves, works as expected. When fan is on with lights, there is a low droning / buzzing / humming noise most of the time. It is hard to pinpoint the sound, but it seems to be from the fan, not the lights. If the fan is on without the lights, no noise. Also, there are two pull chain (light and fan). Two of the settings make the fan stop completely. Only 1 setting makes the fan work and it is what I would describe as low-medium speed.

What gives? Is it possible there is something wrong with the wiring or is it likely a bad unit?

--67.197.xxx.xx




Ceiling Fan Buzz (by MikeA [TX]) Posted on: Apr 30, 2021 11:41 PM
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I've had several where the switch on the fan pull fails. It's relatively easy to remove. You take the light kit out and unscrew the switch. The problem is those darned replacements never have the same color of wires and there is usually 4-5 of them. I have yet to figure out how to wire a new one in correctly where each pull lowers a speed and then the last turns it off without tinkering for an hour switching them around until it works right. They always seem to come out as you describe with multiple off and only one or two on's. My bet is someone like me switched out the fan pull switch and didn't get it wired back correctly.

The hum is the fan motor, pretty common as they get older. Nothing much you can do about it but replace the fan if is too loud.

The good news is they are relatively inexpensive and pretty easy to replace with a new unit. I don't even bother trying to replace the pull switch anymore, life's too short for that annoyance. --64.130.xx.xx




Ceiling Fan Buzz (by Small potatoes [NY]) Posted on: Apr 30, 2021 11:50 PM
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You don't mention the model or price, but take it back and try a different one --172.58.xxx.xxx




Ceiling Fan Buzz (by James [NC]) Posted on: Apr 30, 2021 11:57 PM
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Thanks for the reply.

@MIke Any idea why it would only hum when the light is on and be silent with light off?

@small sorry, I probably didnt make it clear. Not sure on age of fan. It is a new rental purchase and was her when I bought it. Its probably a $350 fan. --67.197.xxx.xx




Ceiling Fan Buzz (by Steve [MA]) Posted on: May 1, 2021 6:13 AM
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By any chance are the lights fluorescent or LED? I've experienced both types occasionally causing interference resulting in low level noise. --71.184.xxx.xx




Ceiling Fan Buzz (by plenty [MO]) Posted on: May 1, 2021 9:12 AM
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Change the light bulbs? --172.56.xx.xxx




Ceiling Fan Buzz (by kt [IL]) Posted on: May 1, 2021 4:23 PM
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Ive had this happen/turned out to be capacitor/think I got 1 off e bay --173.233.xxx.xxx



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