How Do You Oil a Ceiling Fan?

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Oiling a ceiling fan is a simple process that can help keep it well lubricated so that it functions properly. The entire process only takes a few minutes. To oil your ceiling fan, you will need a ladder, a rag and some motor oil.

  1. Turn off the fan and prepare your ladder

    Turn off the switch that gives power to the ceiling fan. Make sure that the fan has stopped moving completely before you begin to try and lubricate it. Once the fan has stopped, position your ladder underneath so you have easy access to the motor.

  2. Locate motor hole and insert oil

    Examine the motor until you find a small hole on its exterior. Once you have found it, you can pour in 1 to 2 ounces of motor oil. Certain ceiling fans require nonstandard amounts of oil, so consult your owner's manual before pouring the motor oil into it.

  3. Clean fan and test lubrication

    Use the rag to wipe off any oil that has spilled onto the exterior of the fan's motor. Get to a safe distance and move your ladder away before turning the power back on. The fan should now spin without making any loud noises.