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Old August 29th 06, 12:02 AM posted to alt.home.repair
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You know that somewhat familiar 'buzzing' noise that ceiling fans make,
right?

We have one that came with the house. It *looks* fairly new, at least
as far as I can tell from the floor- it's a nice stainless steel
Hunter. When we moved in in December, it only made this buzzing noise
when you turned it up to its higher speeds (it is on a dimmer switch on
the wall). As time as progressed, it has gotten noisier and noisier at
lower RPMs until now it makes noise at its slowest possible setting.

Do they do this because they're dirty, worn out, or otherwise broken?
Is there anything dangerous about operating them in this fashion?
What's the recommended fix for this?

Part of the problem is that the ceiling that it is on is vaulted. When
I say vaulted, don't think of your average house ceiling, think of a
church ceiling. This damn thing is about 20 feet off the floor, taller
than any ladder I own. I'm highly unmotivated to climb up there and
take it down, but I'm sure that any fix will involve doing just that.
If this sound doesn't mean it's about to burst into flames, then I'll
wait till I can budget someone to come in and do it. Otherwise, I'll
leave it off until then.

Thanks for any and all!

-phaeton

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Old August 29th 06, 12:10 AM posted to alt.home.repair
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First thing I would try is a new speed control, preferably one that is not
"infinite". Lutron fandial is a good one


"phaeton" wrote in message
oups.com...
You know that somewhat familiar 'buzzing' noise that ceiling fans make,
right?

We have one that came with the house. It *looks* fairly new, at least
as far as I can tell from the floor- it's a nice stainless steel
Hunter. When we moved in in December, it only made this buzzing noise
when you turned it up to its higher speeds (it is on a dimmer switch on
the wall). As time as progressed, it has gotten noisier and noisier at
lower RPMs until now it makes noise at its slowest possible setting.

Do they do this because they're dirty, worn out, or otherwise broken?
Is there anything dangerous about operating them in this fashion?
What's the recommended fix for this?

Part of the problem is that the ceiling that it is on is vaulted. When
I say vaulted, don't think of your average house ceiling, think of a
church ceiling. This damn thing is about 20 feet off the floor, taller
than any ladder I own. I'm highly unmotivated to climb up there and
take it down, but I'm sure that any fix will involve doing just that.
If this sound doesn't mean it's about to burst into flames, then I'll
wait till I can budget someone to come in and do it. Otherwise, I'll
leave it off until then.

Thanks for any and all!

-phaeton



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Old August 29th 06, 02:08 AM posted to alt.home.repair
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Default Buzzing Ceiling Fan

phaeton posted for all of us...
I don't top post - see either inline or at bottom.

You know that somewhat familiar 'buzzing' noise that ceiling fans make,
right?

We have one that came with the house. It *looks* fairly new, at least
as far as I can tell from the floor- it's a nice stainless steel
Hunter. When we moved in in December, it only made this buzzing noise
when you turned it up to its higher speeds (it is on a dimmer switch on
the wall). As time as progressed, it has gotten noisier and noisier at
lower RPMs until now it makes noise at its slowest possible setting.

Do they do this because they're dirty, worn out, or otherwise broken?
Is there anything dangerous about operating them in this fashion?
What's the recommended fix for this?

Part of the problem is that the ceiling that it is on is vaulted. When
I say vaulted, don't think of your average house ceiling, think of a
church ceiling. This damn thing is about 20 feet off the floor, taller
than any ladder I own. I'm highly unmotivated to climb up there and
take it down, but I'm sure that any fix will involve doing just that.
If this sound doesn't mean it's about to burst into flames, then I'll
wait till I can budget someone to come in and do it. Otherwise, I'll
leave it off until then.

Thanks for any and all!

-phaeton


Call Hunter. I believe they offer a lifetime warranty. The buzzing is caused
by the windings vibrating. Not sure if a different speed control would help.
--
Tekkie
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Old August 29th 06, 02:46 AM posted to alt.home.repair
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On 28 Aug 2006 15:02:20 -0700, "phaeton"
wrote:

You know that somewhat familiar 'buzzing' noise that ceiling fans make,
right?

We have one that came with the house. It *looks* fairly new, at least
as far as I can tell from the floor- it's a nice stainless steel
Hunter. When we moved in in December, it only made this buzzing noise
when you turned it up to its higher speeds (it is on a dimmer switch on
the wall). As time as progressed, it has gotten noisier and noisier at
lower RPMs until now it makes noise at its slowest possible setting.

Do they do this because they're dirty, worn out, or otherwise broken?
Is there anything dangerous about operating them in this fashion?
What's the recommended fix for this?

Part of the problem is that the ceiling that it is on is vaulted. When
I say vaulted, don't think of your average house ceiling, think of a
church ceiling. This damn thing is about 20 feet off the floor, taller
than any ladder I own. I'm highly unmotivated to climb up there and
take it down, but I'm sure that any fix will involve doing just that.
If this sound doesn't mean it's about to burst into flames, then I'll
wait till I can budget someone to come in and do it. Otherwise, I'll
leave it off until then.

Thanks for any and all!

-phaeton


While on medium speed, feel of the housing to check the temperature.
If it is hot then you you need to rplace it. Otherwise, let it buzz
until you can't stand it anymore.



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Old August 29th 06, 03:15 AM posted to alt.home.repair
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You don't top post, I'm very proud of ya...

"Tekkie®" wrote in message
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phaeton posted for all of us...
I don't top post - see either inline or at bottom.

You know that somewhat familiar 'buzzing' noise that ceiling fans make,
right?

We have one that came with the house. It *looks* fairly new, at least
as far as I can tell from the floor- it's a nice stainless steel
Hunter. When we moved in in December, it only made this buzzing noise
when you turned it up to its higher speeds (it is on a dimmer switch on
the wall). As time as progressed, it has gotten noisier and noisier at
lower RPMs until now it makes noise at its slowest possible setting.

Do they do this because they're dirty, worn out, or otherwise broken?
Is there anything dangerous about operating them in this fashion?
What's the recommended fix for this?

Part of the problem is that the ceiling that it is on is vaulted. When
I say vaulted, don't think of your average house ceiling, think of a
church ceiling. This damn thing is about 20 feet off the floor, taller
than any ladder I own. I'm highly unmotivated to climb up there and
take it down, but I'm sure that any fix will involve doing just that.
If this sound doesn't mean it's about to burst into flames, then I'll
wait till I can budget someone to come in and do it. Otherwise, I'll
leave it off until then.

Thanks for any and all!

-phaeton


Call Hunter. I believe they offer a lifetime warranty. The buzzing is
caused
by the windings vibrating. Not sure if a different speed control would
help.
--
Tekkie



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Old August 29th 06, 03:33 AM posted to alt.home.repair
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Default Buzzing Ceiling Fan

Does it have a light kit? If so, make sure any globes that are on it are
tight. I had a fan with 4 lights on it, and it would buzz terribly if the
screws holding the globes were loose.


"phaeton" wrote in message
oups.com...
You know that somewhat familiar 'buzzing' noise that ceiling fans make,
right?

We have one that came with the house. It *looks* fairly new, at least
as far as I can tell from the floor- it's a nice stainless steel
Hunter. When we moved in in December, it only made this buzzing noise
when you turned it up to its higher speeds (it is on a dimmer switch on
the wall). As time as progressed, it has gotten noisier and noisier at
lower RPMs until now it makes noise at its slowest possible setting.

Do they do this because they're dirty, worn out, or otherwise broken?
Is there anything dangerous about operating them in this fashion?
What's the recommended fix for this?

Part of the problem is that the ceiling that it is on is vaulted. When
I say vaulted, don't think of your average house ceiling, think of a
church ceiling. This damn thing is about 20 feet off the floor, taller
than any ladder I own. I'm highly unmotivated to climb up there and
take it down, but I'm sure that any fix will involve doing just that.
If this sound doesn't mean it's about to burst into flames, then I'll
wait till I can budget someone to come in and do it. Otherwise, I'll
leave it off until then.

Thanks for any and all!

-phaeton



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Old August 30th 06, 02:49 AM posted to alt.home.repair
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"phaeton" wrote in
oups.com:

You know that somewhat familiar 'buzzing' noise that ceiling fans make,
right?

We have one that came with the house. It *looks* fairly new, at least
as far as I can tell from the floor- it's a nice stainless steel
Hunter. When we moved in in December, it only made this buzzing noise
when you turned it up to its higher speeds (it is on a dimmer switch on
the wall). As time as progressed, it has gotten noisier and noisier at
lower RPMs until now it makes noise at its slowest possible setting.

Do they do this because they're dirty, worn out, or otherwise broken?
Is there anything dangerous about operating them in this fashion?
What's the recommended fix for this?

Part of the problem is that the ceiling that it is on is vaulted. When
I say vaulted, don't think of your average house ceiling, think of a
church ceiling. This damn thing is about 20 feet off the floor, taller
than any ladder I own. I'm highly unmotivated to climb up there and
take it down, but I'm sure that any fix will involve doing just that.
If this sound doesn't mean it's about to burst into flames, then I'll
wait till I can budget someone to come in and do it. Otherwise, I'll
leave it off until then.

Thanks for any and all!

-phaeton



Temporairly replace the dimmer with a switch to see if the buzzing goes
away. Then you heve some direction as to if it's the fan/fan wiring or
the dimmer. Then put the dimmer back on to see if the problem returns
(assuming it went away). If it doesn't return, then a bad connection at
the dimmer.
 




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