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Ceiling Fan Repair Cost

Ceiling Fan Repair Cost

National average
$85
(handyman or electrician tightening screws, cleaning, and balancing the fan)
Low: $60

(handyman tightening the screws to stop wobbling)

High: $400

(electrician replacing a fan blade and motor in a high-end fan)

Cost to repair a ceiling fan varies greatly by region (and even by zip code).
Get free estimates from air-conditioning and heating contractors in your city.

The average cost of repairing a ceiling fan is $85.

In this guide

Common problems
Labor
Maintenance
Enhancement and improvement costs
Additional considerations and costs
FAQ

How much does it cost to repair a ceiling fan?

Ceiling fans help keep your home cool while enhancing aesthetics. And while they may operate for years with few issues, it is also not uncommon for them to develop problems as they age. If this occurs, you may want to have your ceiling fan repaired.

The most common repair issue, a noisy and wobbling fan, costs around $85 to repair.

Common problems

Ceiling fans contain several working parts that may fail, so your ceiling fan may break down in numerous ways. These are the most common problems that a ceiling fan may face over its lifetime:

ProblemSolutionCost
Warped or loose fan bladeReplace the blade$80-$100
Airflow issuesInstall a longer fan pole$80 - $100
Wobbling

Clean the blades

Tighten loose screws

Reseat hanger ball

Reattach outlet box

$80-$150
Humming, screeching, and/or smoke

Tighten loose screws and wires

Add oil

Replace broken or cracked blades

$80-$150
Flickering light

Tighten loose screws and wires

Reattach outlet box

$80-$150
Fan stuck on one speedLubricate ball bearings
Replace capacitor
$80-$200
Fan will not turn on and/or stay on

Reset circuit breaker

Reconnect loose motor wires

Free stuck blades

Check to ensure wall switch is not in neutral position

Fix an electrical issue at the wall switch

$80-$300
Faulty motor

Replace motor

Replace capacitor

$100-$300


Labor

Electricians repair ceiling fans, but for minor jobs, a handyman may also be of assistance. As most of these repairs can be carried out without the need for parts, you pay primarily for the labor with only an occasional need a part like a capacitor. Electricians charge $65 to $85 per hour, while a handyman charges between $60 and $90 per hour. Small repairs take up to an hour while major repairs may need up to two or three hours. Fixing a humming and wobbling ceiling fan takes about an hour for a cost of around $85 in most cases.

Maintenance

Many problems with a ceiling fan arise from a lack of cleaning. Dust and debris can cause wobbling, humming, and other issues like motor failure. Simply cleaning your ceiling fan regularly helps prevent numerous problems from developing over time.

Enhancement and improvement costs

Ceiling fan replacement

If your ceiling fan has multiple issues, such as cracked blades and a failing motor, you may want to consider replacing it. The cost of the repairs will be more than half the cost of installing a new fan. New ceiling fans cost around $575 on average to install.

Additional considerations and costs

  • If your ceiling fan light comes on, but the fan does not, this is usually a clue that the motor needs replacing. Depending on the age of the fan, you may want to consider replacing the entire unit.
  • Ceiling fan balancing kits are available for around $30. If wobbling or humming are the only issues, use these kits as a DIY project.

FAQ

  • How much does it cost to install a ceiling fan without existing wiring?

Installing the fan itself costs around $575, but expect to pay an additional $200 to $300 to run wires to the area.

  • Is it safe to leave a ceiling fan on all night?

As long as the fan is in good working condition and properly installed, yes, you can leave it on all night. ​

  • What causes ceiling fans to stop working?

Many things can cause a ceiling fan to stop working including electrical problems, dirt, a failed capacitor, or a faulty motor. ​

  • How much should it cost to replace a ceiling fan?

The average cost of installing a new ceiling fan is around $575. ​

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Labor cost by city and zip code

Compared to national average
Albuquerque, NM
-14%
Athens, GA
-9%
Baltimore, MD
+12%
Bangor, ME
-25%
Bellevue, WA
+13%
Bethlehem, PA
+12%
Boston, MA
+40%
Bronx, NY
+32%
Brooklyn, NY
+16%
Buffalo, NY
-1%
Burlington, MA
+36%
Chesapeake, VA
-6%
Cincinnati, OH
+6%
Columbus, OH
+5%
Dallas, TX
+10%
Detroit, MI
+16%
Fayetteville, NC
-20%
Grove City, OH
+5%
Hialeah, FL
-2%
Honolulu, HI
+35%
Houston, TX
+24%
Irvington, NJ
+27%
Jacksonville, FL
-1%
Las Vegas, NV
+7%
Los Angeles, CA
+11%
Miami, FL
+1%
Millville, NJ
+14%
Milwaukee, WI
+12%
Minneapolis, MN
+25%
Muncie, IN
-16%
New Haven, CT
+22%
New York, NY
+77%
Orlando, FL
+2%
Philadelphia, PA
+40%
Phoenix, AZ
0%
Saint Louis, MO
+16%
Saint Paul, MN
+20%
Saint Petersburg, FL
-11%
San Antonio, TX
-4%
San Jose, CA
+33%
Santa Clara, CA
+33%
Seattle, WA
+9%
Shelby, NC
-31%
Smyrna, GA
+10%
Spokane, WA
-17%
Tampa, FL
-2%
Thornwood, NY
+40%
Topeka, KS
-8%
Tucson, AZ
-19%
Vallejo, CA
+6%
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