Ceiling fans help cool your home in summer and push warm air down to the floor level in winter, but running the fan year-around puts wear and tear on the motor. If you want to keep the fan running smoothly you'll need to oil it occasionally. Fortunately, it's easy to oil a ceiling fan -- you don't need any tools and you won't have to disassemble anything. Keeping the fan properly lubricated has the added benefit of eliminating those squeaky noises.

Step 1

Locate the oil hole by looking on the top of the motor near the down rod. It is usually located there and it will usually be labeled.

Step 2

Insert the WD-40 straw into the oil hole and spray well. This will remove any dirt or grime on the bearings. Allow the WD-40 to dry and evaporate for 1 to 2 hours before continuing.

Step 3

Fill the oil reservoir with about 1 to 2 ounces of oil.

Step 4

Spin the rotor by manually rotating the blades. Let the fan spin for several revolutions.

Step 5

Fill the reservoir up completely with oil, if it isn't already full. Watch as you carefully pour oil into the reservoir; when it's full it will overflow onto the top of the motor. Wipe off any excess with a dry cloth.