Hampton Bay ceiling fans, a Home Depot brand name, have been installed in thousands of homes across the country. The functional, yet stylish ceiling fans are modestly priced and come with a lifetime guarantee. Although popular and rated about equally with other name brand fans in the same price range, Hampton Bay Fan & Lighting Company's owner's manuals do not offer a contact number for parts or repairs. Simple troubleshooting solutions, however, may be competently accomplished by the homeowner.
Fan Does Not Start
Check your main circuit breaker and the branch circuit fuses or breakers. Flick the circuit to the on position and see if the fan operates. If the circuits are good, check the fan's pull chain control by pulling it once for high, twice for medium, three times for low. Four pulls turn the fan off.
New Fan Noise
Allow a 24-hour breaking-in time for new fans. Most noises will resolve themselves during this period.
Fan Makes Noises
Ensure that all motor housing screws are tight, and the screws that attach the fan blade bracket to the motor hub are snug. Occasionally, due to the fan's natural movement, a connection may become loose. If these look good, turn off the main power and check the wire nut connections. They could be rattling against each other or the interior wall of the switch housing. It is always a good idea to check all support connections, brackets and blade attachments twice yearly. You need not oil the fan motor on a Hampton Bay ceiling fan as the ball bearings have already been permanently lubricated at the factory.
Make sure your ceiling box is fastened correctly, and the rubber isolator pads were installed between the hanger bracket and the ceiling box. If that checks out, make a visual on the canopy. It should be a short distance from the ceiling but not touching.
If using the ceiling fan light kit, ensure that the screws securing the glass shades are tight. Also check that the light bulb has been screwed in all the way.
Check that all blade and bracket screws are snug. Wobbling, however, is usually the result of unequal blade levels. Check this level by measuring from a center point on a blade to a select point on the ceiling. Rotate the fan until the next blade is positioned the same as the first, and measure again. Repeat for each blade, and run the fan for 10 minutes. All measurements should be within 1/8 inch of each other.
If wobbling still occurs, use the Blade Balancing Kit that came with the Hampton Bay ceiling fan at time of purchase.
Moves Little Air
Inexpensive fans may not move as much air as higher quality models. Other causes could be responsible for this issue. The most obvious solution is that the fan is operating in reverse. If this is not the case, warped blades could result in less air flow. If the blades bend in a shallow downward ark, the motor speed would remain normal but air flow might decrease. Blades which are pitched too steeply may also slow the fan down.