How Long Do Ceiling Fans Last?

People have been using ceiling fans for their comfort for many years; that being said, it’s essential to learn about them elaborately before buying one for yourself. But before we dig deeper into things, fortunately, ceiling fans are long lasting appliances, but it does not change the fact that too have a lifespan.

Yes, you read that right; ceiling fans actually do have a lifespan. But there are many factors controlling the lifespan of a ceiling fan, and in today’s guide, we are going to discuss those factors in detail.

How Long Do Ceiling Fans Last? (In Nutshell)

The average lifespan of a ceiling fan is estimated to have 10 Years, but the good news is you can increase its lifespan depending on how much you use it and how much you take care of it. For instance, some homeowners usually use ceiling fans 24/7 during the whole summer; without maintenance, they should most likely replace their fan before ten years.


Now here comes the real question, “What’s the average lifespan of Higher Quality Ceiling Fans?”

Well, the average lifespan of higher quality ceiling fans is about 15-20 years before they need to get replaced, so it’s always recommended to purchase good quality ceiling fans instead of going after the cheaper ones.

What are the Factors that Influence the Lifespan of Ceiling Fans?

There are several factors that influence the lifespan of ceiling fans, and in today’s article we are going to tell you all about those factors, so without wasting your time any further, let’s begin shall we?

1. Quality:

If the quality of your ceiling fan is low, then it is quite obvious that your ceiling fan isn’t going to last a decade. Hence, it is necessary to always go after quality of ceiling fans, and ensure you are purchasing a good quality ceiling fan with better aesthetics and material. Once you verify that ceiling fan is made up of finest material, then you should go after it, otherwise drop the idea.

But there is one thing that you should always remember, that is not necessary that expensive fans are always going to be of better quality. Because sometimes even the expensive fans come with low quality material. So, at the end of the day, it’s up to you to make the right choice.

2. Maintenance:

Just like every electronic device, ceiling fans also need maintenance for proper functioning and reach their supposed lifespan of 10 years. Besides, it a saying that if you take good care of things they last, and so is the case with ceiling fans, if you take good care of your ceilings fans, then you could expand the lifespan of your ceiling fan up to 5 more years making it to 15 years.

3. Climate:

The climate of area where you live greatly impacts the lifespan of your ceiling fan, humidity increases the likelihood of rust on your ceiling fans, but that’s not all, it also creates the friction between the moving parts. While in the case of wooden blades, they are most likely to get deformed. So, if you live near the areas of salty air or humidity, then you might need to purchase a higher quality ceiling fan.

4. Usage:

The usage of your ceiling fan greatly impacts the lifespan, it is not recommended to leave your fans running all the time. Besides, whenever you use ceiling fan, you are basically subjecting the various parts of wear and tear, which might affect the longevity of your beautiful ceiling fan.

Besides, you should always go after a DC ceiling fan, because these fans do not scare you with high electricity bills even if you use them 24/7 during summers,

5. Placement:

The placement of your ceiling fan is very critical, you can’t put indoor ceiling fan outdoor and expect it to last 10 years, and vice versa. On the other hand outdoor ceiling fans can withstand more weathering. But always remember one thing that it is not always about outdoor or indoor placement of ceiling fans, sometimes where in the house your fan is also makes a difference.

For instance, if your purchase two ceiling fans of same quality and install one in the bedroom and one in the kitchen, there’s a chance that you might need to replace the ceiling fan of the kitchen due to excessive steam and moisture.

How Would I know that it is the Right Time to Replace Ceiling Fan?

There are a few things you should remember, and if you notice these things in your ceiling fan, then it might be the chance to replace your fan

1. Fan Blades Wobbling:

As the title suggests, if your fan blades start wobbling instead of rotating in a circle then there would be chance that entire ceiling fan needs maintenance otherwise there is a chance that it might fall on someone’s head and break their head.

It is clear indication that wobbling is due to internal installation issues which is somewhat easy to fix. Anyway, you should not ignore the wobbling of the fan.

2. Ceiling Fans Humming Sound:

Have you ever wondered what causes ceiling fans to hum? If not, then worry not we are going to tell you all about it. Basically, the humming sound of ceiling fans is due to insufficient lubrication, thus the friction in your ceiling fan causes it to make weird noises that are painful to hear.

But if the noise is consistent even after lubricating it with oil, then you might need to disassemble to check if there is any wiring issue or not.

3. Fan won’t Turn On or Off:

If your ceiling fan isn’t turning on or off, then there is an obvious chance that it could be because of faulty electrical issue. Your ceiling fan’s motor is dead, or there is a wiring issue, either way you need to get your ceiling fan disassembled as soon as possible from a good electrician.

4. Sudden Slow Speed:

Have your ever noticed that your ceiling fan suddenly dropped its speed levels, even after changing modes via switch? If yes, then you are not alone. Diminishing speed of ceiling fan is a common issue, and it could be because of faulty wiring or loose wiring in the ceiling fan motor.

Last but not the least, even after fixing the above issues your ceiling fan is still wobbling or making noises with slower speed, then it is high time your consult an electrician. Because only a good electrician would figure out the real problem with your ceiling fan.

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  • Fred Lee

    My name is Fred Lee, and by Profession, I am an Electrical Engineer with more than 12 years of experience in my field. Plus, writing about ceiling Fans is my passion.

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