What are the Different Types of Ceiling Fan Parts?

Autumn Rivers
Autumn Rivers
A ceiling fan switch.
A ceiling fan switch.

Since some fan companies allow consumers to purchase ceiling fan parts separately to put together their ideal product, it is helpful to know the different parts available. Additionally, a basic knowledge of the different pieces can make ceiling fan repair easier. The fan would not be functional without the motor, which is considered the core of this product, and the part that the light is usually attached to. Of course, the fan blades are also important for the proper operation of this product. Finally, this item can be attached to the ceiling with either a basic flush mount or an extension down rod that allows the fan to hang lower.

Despite its importance, most people do not consider the motor much when choosing a fan, as these ceiling fan parts often all look the same to the average consumer. The ceiling fan motor is typically electric, covered by housing that is usually metal. If this part breaks, it is usually best to buy a whole new fan since repairs to the motor can be quite costly. In ceiling fans that also include lights, the light kit is usually attached to the motor housing.

The ceiling fan parts that most consumers pay most attention to are the fan blades, as there are many choices available. These are usually made out of wood, with finishes like cherry, oak, walnut, black, white, and even multicolored. The typical fan features four blades, and many are reversible to allow consumers a choice between two different shades since there is a different color on each side. Of course, there are the rare fan blades that are made out of metal, as well as fans that feature three or five blades instead of the typical four. In any case, it is essential that the blades be properly balanced, and that all screws be tight to avoid oscillation, which can be noisy and put undue wear on the motor.

Other ceiling fan parts include mounting devices, which allow the fan to hang safely from the ceiling. Most fans come with a typical metal mount that is directly attached to the ceiling, as this is ideal for most rooms. On the other hand, vaulted ceilings usually require extension down rods to be attached to the top of the fan, which can then be hung from the ceiling. These helpful ceiling fan parts can allow fan owners to reach the attached chain in order to change the speed or control the light. The alternative to an extension down rod is either a remote control, or physically wiring the fan to a light switch, allowing fan owners to control the functions without getting up to touch the chain.

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    • A ceiling fan switch.
      By: Olivier
      A ceiling fan switch.