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How Much Does It Cost to Repair a Ceiling Fan?

Average range: $90 - $200
Low
$50
Average Cost
$145
High
$450
(Repair of a wobbly ceiling fan by an electrician)

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Ceiling fans help to keep your home cool and are aesthetically pleasing. While they may operate smoothly for years, they are prone to developing issues over time. Some common ceiling fan problems that require repair include a wobbly, squeaky, or humming fan, a fan that won’t turn on or whose lights are flickering, a ceiling fan with a stuck chain, a speed problem, a faulty motor, or a lack of airflow efficiency.

The national average cost for repairing a ceiling fan is between $90 and $200. Most people pay around $145 for a handyman or electrician to tighten screws, clean, and balance the fan. At the low end of the spectrum, you will pay around $60 for a handyman to tighten the screws to stop wobbling. At the high end, you may pay up to $450 for an electrician to replace a fan blade and motor in a high-end fan.

Cost to Repair Ceiling Fan

Ceiling Fan Repair Cost
National average cost$145
Average range$90 - $200
Minimum cost$50
Maximum cost

$450


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Ceiling Fan Repair Cost by Project Range

Low
$50
Chain replacement by a handyman
Average Cost
$145
Repair of a wobbly ceiling fan by an electrician
High
$450
Fan blade and motor replacement in a high-end fan

Ceiling Fan Repair Cost by Part

The cost of repairing a ceiling fan is obviously influenced by the specific part that needs repairing. Some common parts to be repaired include the fan switch, chain, light, blade(s), ball bearing(s), capacitor, and motor. You can expect to pay a lot less for a fan chain repair then you would for a motor repair. Sometimes it can be more cost-efficient to replace the part rather than repair it. A professional can help to determine what makes more sense for you. The table below lists the most commonly-repaired parts and the cost, including materials and labor.


Ceiling Fan Repair Cost by Part

Ceiling Fan Repair Cost by Part


PartRepair Cost (Materials and Labor)
Chain$50-$100
Switch$60-$125
Light$70-$175
Blade$70-$175
Ball Bearing$80-$150
Capacitor$85-$300
Motor$100-$350


Ceiling Fan Chain Replacement

A ceiling fan chain turns the fan on and off when pulled. When your ceiling fan won’t turn on when the chain is pulled, this can be a sign of a faulty part and you will require a replacement. The process of replacement is fairly simple for an electrician to complete and it will take, at most, one hour to complete. The average cost for chain replacement is $50-$100, including labor and materials.

Ceiling Fan Switch Repair

If you are experiencing problems with your fan switch then you can expect your fan to not turn on. The first step is testing the breaker. If the breaker is working properly then you are most likely experiencing an issue with the switch. An electrician can repair the switch by checking and replacing the wire connections. This job will take upwards of an hour to an hour and a half, and will cost approximately $60-$125.

Ceiling Fan Light Repair

When your ceiling fan light stops working, the fix may not be as simple as replacing the light bulb. There are many reasons that may cause the fan’s light to stop working, including loose wiring, a damaged light socket, and a broken pull chain. The project for light repair will take approximately 2 hours depending on the issue and will carry an average cost from $70-$175.

Fan Blade Repair

Fan blades are used to move air around the room. If you notice that the blades are warped or cracked, then it is time to have them replaced. When selecting replacement blades, it is important that the new blades are the same size as the old ones so that they provide the same airflow performance. If you select the wrong size blades, they will create less airflow and rely on the motor to contribute to cooling, which can cause the motor to overheat or fail. The project of blade replacement takes around 1 hour, depending on the complexity of the project, and will cost approximately $70-$175.

Ball Bearing Repair Cost

Ideally, you may not even notice that your fan is running as most are designed to be very quiet. This silence, however, can be broken if you experience any problems with your ball bearings. When the bearings start to wear out or break down they will start to create some annoying sounds in the form of rubbing or humming. The project of replacing a ball bearing will take around one to two hours and will cost approximately $80-$150.

Ceiling Fan Capacitor Repair

A capacitor is an electronic component that helps the motor turn on and create the forces needed for the rotor to spin the fan blades. If you are dealing with a number of problems with your ceiling fan, such as slow speed, being stuck at one speed, a humming noise, or simply not working at all, then you may have a bad or blown capacitor that needs repairing. This type of project takes approximately two to three hours to complete and averages in price between $85 and $300.

Ceiling Fan Motor Repair

A motor is the driving force that powers your ceiling fan. When something goes wrong with the motor, it will have to be repaired. There are a few common causes that can lead to motor defects, including overheating, switch failure, high moisture, and dust and dirt. When any of these motor defects occur you can expect your fan to stop working completely. An electrician can help you resolve this issue and will charge $85-$350 for repair parts and labor and the job can take approximately 2 hours. Given the cost of a new fan, it might be cost-effective to simply replace the motor rather than paying for repairs.


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Ceiling Fan Repair Price by Problem

Ceiling fans contain several parts that may experience problems over time. Ceiling fans are a very beneficial investment for keeping homes cool, providing lighting, and lowering energy costs. Still, even the best models are not without faults and may experience some problems as they age. The underlying problem determines how much you will have to pay for the repair. The table below illustrates common problems and their repair costs.


Ceiling Fan Repair Price by Problem

Ceiling Fan Repair Price by Problem


ProblemSolutionRepair Cost (Materials and Labor)
Light Flickering

Tighten loose screws and wires

Reattach outlet box

$70-$125
Airflow Inefficiency

Install a longer fan pole

Replace/repair the blades

$80-$125
Chain Stuck

Replace the pull switch

Add oil

Replace the chain

$85-$150
Wobbling

Clean the blades

Tighten loose screws

Reseat hanger ball

Reattach outlet box

$90-$200
Squeaky

Clean the blades

Tighten the screws

Lubricate the fan motor

Examine warped blades

Replace broken blades

$90-$200
Humming

Tighten loose screws and wires

Add oil

Replace broken blades

$90-$200
Speed problem

Lubricate ball bearings

Replace capacitor

$90-$300
Won’t turn on

Reset circuit breaker

Reconnect loose motor wires

Free stuck blades

Fix the wall switch

$90-$350
Faulty motor

Replace motor

Replace capacitor

$100-$350


Ceiling Fan Light Flickering Repair

There are a few common reasons why your ceiling fan light might be flickering including loose wires, a CFL lightbulb going bad, or an old switch. You can try to troubleshoot the problem by replacing the lightbulb with an LED or incandescent bulb. If that doesn’t work, then the repair will require an electrician to fix the loose wires ($40-$100 per hour) or repair the switch ($60-$125). The average cost for repairing a flickering ceiling fan light is $70-$125.

Ceiling Fan Airflow Inefficiency

If you notice that your ceiling fan isn’t making much of a difference in the temperature or comfort of your room, then there could be some issue with your airflow. There are two common causes for airflow inefficiency, including an issue with the blades and the fan being installed too close to the ceiling. The blades can become an issue if they are too long or too wide or have a flat pitch. All of these make it difficult for the fan to move air around and can lead to more issues down the line.

A fan’s blades need to be installed approximately 10-12 inches from the ceiling for the best airflow. If your fan is too far from or too close to the ceiling, it will not work at its maximum potential. This issue can be fixed by an electrician and will only take one to one and a half hours to fix. This repair cost averages between $80-$125 which includes repair of the blades or modifying the height from the ceiling, including labor.

Ceiling Fan Chain Stuck

Most ceiling fans use a pull chain to turn the lights and fan on and off. Since they are used daily, they can break easily over time. Besides breaking off altogether, sometimes the chain can get stuck and pulling on it will have no effect on the operation. An electrician can resolve this problem by replacing the pull switch ($60-$125) or the chain ($50-$100). The overall cost for repair of a stuck fan chain is $85-$150, including materials and labor.

Wobbling Ceiling Fan Repair

A wobbly ceiling fan is generally due to an imbalance in the fan blades or blade holders, misalignment of the blades, dust accumulation, or a faulty fan mounting. To repair this issue you will need to clean the blades, tighten loose screws, or have the fan blades replaced ($70-$175). This work can be completed by an electrician and will only take a maximum of one to two hours. The average repair cost for a wobbly fan is between $90 and $200.

Squeaky Ceiling Fan Repair

A squeaky ceiling fan may be caused by a variety of reasons. Some of the reasons include loose screws, dust/debris build-up on the blades, broken or warped blades, or the fan motor needing some lubrication. To repair this issue you will need to clean the blades, tighten any loose screws, or have the damaged fan blades replaced ($70-$175). This work can be completed by an electrician and will only take around one to two hours. The average repair cost for a squeaky fan is from $90-$200.

Humming Ceiling Fan Repair

Similar to a squeaky or wobbling ceiling fan, a humming ceiling fan can be caused by the loosening of screws or broken/cracked blades. The repair process for quieting a humming fan involves the work of an electrician or handyman to help tighten the screws or replace the damaged blades ($70-$175). This project will take one to two hours to complete. The average repair cost for a humming fan is between $90 and $200.

Ceiling Fan Speed Problem

If you notice your fan working at a slower speed than usual, then it may be caused by one of three culprits. These include an issue with the bearings, a bad capacitor, or a blade out of balance. With the help of an electrician, this issue can be resolved within a matter of one to two hours. The repair will include replacing the bearings ($80-$150), replacing the capacitor ($85-$300), or repairing the blades ($70-$175). The average cost for repair of a fan speed problem is $90-$300.

Ceiling Fan Won’t Turn On

If your ceiling fan is not turning on or has stopped working, it can be due to a few common issues. These issues include that your circuit breaker has tripped off, meaning it isn’t receiving any electricity, a shot motor, or due to internal defects such as the switch or shot ball bearings. The repair process involves the work of an electrician to help fix the wiring ($40-$100/hour), replace the motor ($100-$350), fix the switch ($60-$125), or the ball bearings ($80-$150). The average repair cost for a fan that won’t turn on is between $90 and $350.

Ceiling Fan Faulty Motor

The main causes of failure are a failed run capacitor, a failed bearing in a belt-drive, or a broken motor. An electrician should determine the cause of the faulty motor before possibly proceeding with replacing the motor as a whole. The average cost for repair of a fan motor is ($100-$350) including labor and repair/replacement of the capacitor ($85-$300), bearing ($80-$150), or the motor ($100-$350).

Cost to Repair Ceiling Fan by Brand

It can be difficult to pick out a ceiling fan due to the multiple manufacturers on the market. The industry has become very competitive and manufacturers are working hard to offer new products that will outdo their competition. Investing in a reputable brand is very important as it can save you money in the long run. There are many great brands on the market, each offering fans of different sizes, quality, and performance.


Cost to Repair Ceiling Fan by Brand

Cost to Repair Ceiling Fan by Brand


BrandRepair Cost (Materials and Labor)
Honeywell$65-$160
Minka-Aire$65-$175
Casablanca$80-$175
Monte Carlo$80-$175
Modern Forms$80-$175
Hunter$85-$200
Harbor Breeze$85-$200


Honeywell Ceiling Fan

Honeywell offers a variety of ceiling fans to accommodate many different indoor and outdoor areas. They are known for their versatility, durability, and energy efficiency. Honeywell has a large number of options that differ in style, quality, color, and design.

A Honeywell ceiling fan can experience some problems; some of the common problems include light flickering, noisy/wobbling fan, fan stuck on one speed, and that it won’t turn on. The cost for repair of a Honeywell Fan is dependent on the specific issue and can range anywhere from $65-$160.

Minka-Aire Fan Repair

Minka-Aire is well-known as one of the top brands in the decorative lighting industry. Their product line encompasses both indoor and outdoor fan options perfect for any size and style room. Styles available range from contemporary to traditional models, as well as modern and Asian styles inspired by up-to-date trends.

Some typical issues with Minka-Aire ceiling fans include the fan not starting, wobbling fan, malfunctioning remote control, making noises, not reversing, or an unexpected shutdown. All of these problems can be resolved with a little troubleshooting. The cost for repair depends on the complexity of the problem and can run anywhere from $65-$175, including labor costs.

Casablanca Ceiling Fan Repair

The Casablanca Fan Company was founded in 1974 and prides themselves on being the best innovators and trendsetters in the market. They put a lot of time and effort into designing and creating their ceiling fans and their attention to detail is unmatched. The founder's love of antiques has revolutionized the ceiling fan industry using brass and other classic finishes for their fans. Casablanca has always viewed ceiling fans as ‘the essential element of interior decor that every home needed.’

Over time there may be some problems with your Casablanca ceiling fan that can be easily troubleshot by an expert. Some of the most common problems with this brand of fan include: the fan is wobbly or shaking excessively, making noise while operating, unable to run at low speed, light is too dim, remote control issues, or the fan is not working or won’t turn on. The cost for repair depends on the complexity of the problem with your ceiling fan and can run anywhere from $80-$175, including labor costs. You can expect to pay less for a light issue or a fan that is wobbly or shaking, compared to one that won’t turn on at all.

Monte Carlo Ceiling Fan Repair

Monte Carlo ceiling fans are known for their modern and sleek design. This manufacturer has been in business for more than 2 decades and has established its brand as the leading brand in lighting, building industries, home improvement, and decor as well as electrical wholesale. Monte Carlo products consist of traditional designs, classic designs for antique lovers, and decorative designs inspired by nature and emerging trends.

Some common problems experienced with Monte Carlo ceiling fans include wobbling, noisy sound, light not working, and fan not starting. The average cost for repair for this brand of the fan is $80-$175, including labor costs.

Modern Forms Ceiling Fans

Modern Forms, as the name states, are known for their “smart fans” that come with fully integrated smart home capabilities that can be controlled via an application and smart home devices. They are high-quality ceiling fans that come in many style and size options. Modern Forms fans are well known for their contemporary and modern design.

Some common problems that you can experience with Modern Forms fans are wobbling, noisy sounds, not spinning, not connecting to the app, and the light not working. The cost for repair of a Modern Forms Fan is based on the problem and can range anywhere between $80 and $175.

Hunter Ceiling Fan Repair

The Hunter Fan Company has been in business for over 130 years and is well-known for its whisper-quiet fans with high durability and performance. They work to incorporate the latest trends and technologies into their models working to outperform the rest of the market. Their fans come in many different mounting options, blade finishes, lighting choices, styles, and housings, with a fan for every type of living space. Hunter Fan Company puts all of its fans under rigorous testing to make sure they meet and surpass the standards.

While the Hunter Fan Company offers high-quality ceiling fan products that are one of the best on the market, there is always the possibility of a problem occurring. Although rare, some of the most common Hunter Fan problems include when the fan stops working or on installation doesn’t work, the light has stopped working, the fan works on its own and turns itself on/off randomly, speed failures, or humming noise. The cost for repair all depends on the problem, but can range anywhere from $85-$200, including labor.

Harbor Breeze Ceiling Fan Repair

Harbor Breeze ceiling fans are the official house brand of Lowe’s home improvement stores and are reputable for their high-performance, durable, and budget-friendly fan models. Their fans come in a variety of styles, colors, sizes, and mounting options to keep up with the latest trends on the market.

Although their ceiling fans are meant to last for upwards of 10 years, you may experience some problems over their lifespan. Some of the most common Harbor Breeze fan problems include the fan stops working or starts to wobble, the light has stopped working, speed failures, capacitor problems, or a humming noise. The cost for repair all depends on the problem, but can range anywhere between $85 and $200, including labor.


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Cost to Repair Ceiling Fan

The project of repairing a ceiling fan can be completed by an electrician, or a handyman for more simple jobs. An electrician charges approximately $40-$100 per hour, while a handyman charges $60-$90 per hour. Small repairs can take up a maximum of an hour, while major repairs may need up to two or three hours. Labor makes up the largest portion of the total cost of ceiling fan repair. The average cost for repair is $90-$200, all depending on the extent of the project. Approximately 60% of the cost of the project is for labor and the other 40% is for materials.


Black ceiling fan installed in an attic


Ceiling Fan Replacement Labor Cost

If you are experiencing any major issues with your ceiling fan such as cracked blades, deterioration, discoloring, a failing motor, or a noisy sound, then you may want to consider replacing it as the cost for repair can be quite high. Replacing an existing ceiling fan can be a much easier process than installing a new one as it will not require any new wiring or additional supports. Ceiling fan replacement can be completed by an electrician or handyman and will take approximately one to three hours to complete. The average cost for replacing a broken or outdated ceiling fan with a new unit costs between $85-$300.

Ceiling Fan Maintenance

Ceiling fans require maintenance over time to keep them running efficiently. You can do regular maintenance by checking and testing the basic components of your fan. Many issues with fans arise due to a lack of cleaning. The buildup of dust and debris can cause problems such as humming, wobbling, and even motor failure. Continuing to clean your ceiling fan regularly can help to prevent numerous problems from occurring over time. If you prefer to have someone else do the maintenance for you, then there is also the option of hiring a handyman to maintain and clean your ceiling fan for a charge of $60-$90 per hour.


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Enhancement and Improvement Costs

Replacing Ceiling Fan Blades with Larger Ones

While it is often possible to replace fan blades with larger ones, it is important to note that larger blades may not make a huge difference in cooling your space. The fan’s motor is the component most responsible for the airflow in the room and therefore the blade size doesn’t make a huge difference. There are some fans that do not allow you to replace the blades with larger ones. The average cost for replacing blades is $70-$175, including materials and labor.

Ceiling Fan Removal

Ceiling fans are a great investment for homeowners due to their effectiveness in keeping the air moving and rooms cool and comfortable. Over time, ceiling fans may need to be taken down for a variety of reasons including an outdated style, when broken, or needing replacement. Replacing a ceiling fan with a new one can cost anywhere from $100-$300 on average. Since there is already wiring and supports in place, you will not require any additional work.

Additional Considerations and Costs

  • Prior to calling a professional for repair services, It is a good idea to check the Manufacturer's warranty on your ceiling fan. Many manufacturers offer good warranties that can cover the cost for a part of the full repair or even replacement of your unit.
  • Repairing a ceiling fan can be a DIY project if you have the knowledge and experience in doing so. A ceiling fan has to be repaired properly in order to operate at its full potential and therefore a local ceiling fan installer, handyman or electrician should be contacted to complete the project for you.
  • There are ceiling fan kits available for approximately $30-$40 that can assist in fixing issues such as wobbling or humming.

FAQs

  • How to troubleshoot ceiling fans?

If your ceiling fan is not working, you can troubleshoot the problem by: check for a tripped circuit breaker, make sure the fan blades spin freely, check if the reverse switch is in the “neutral” position, verify connection in switch housing is secure, check the batteries in the remote, and confirm the box is UL rated for the environment.

  • Can ceiling fans stay on 24/7?

Yes, ceiling fans can stay on 24/7 if they are in good working condition and properly installed.

  • How to rebalance a ceiling fan?

There are several reasons for an unbalanced ceiling fan and many different ways to troubleshoot the exact problem. The basic checks and fixes involve cleaning the fan, checking the structure, checking for loose screws, examining the blades, and checking the blade arms. The fan can be rebalanced using a fan balancing kit. If your fan is over 10 years old, then it may be time for a replacement.

  • What does a ceiling fan capacitor do?

A capacitor in a ceiling fan helps to make it self-starting and help the motor turn the rotors.

  • What is the average life of a ceiling fan?

The average lifespan of a ceiling fan is 8 years, but they typically last 6-10 years.

  • Is sleeping with a ceiling fan healthy?

Sleeping with a ceiling fan on can trigger congestion, sore muscles, dryness, or allergic reactions as the air is more dry and dust is circulated around the room. On the other hand, keeping the fan on can cut down on energy usage as your A/C won’t need to work as hard to keep you cool and it can help reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome to have a fan running in your baby’s room.

  • Does a ceiling fan use a lot of electricity?

Running a ceiling fan uses a lot less electricity compared to an air conditioner. A ceiling fan averages approximately 15-90 watts of energy.

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Cost to repair a ceiling fan varies greatly by region (and even by zip code). To get free estimates from local contractors, please indicate yours.

The information provided by our cost guides comes from a great variety of sources, including specialized publications and websites, cost studies, U.S. associations, reports from the U.S. government, contractors and subcontractors, material suppliers, material price services, and other vendor websites. For more information, read our Methodology and sources