How Long Does a Ceiling Fan Last?

Ceiling fans help circulate cool air in the summer and warm air in the winter, making your house more comfortable and energy-efficient. Thanks to this benefit, it is no wonder that many homes have ceiling fans in multiple rooms to help support their HVAC systems.

Like other electronic appliances, ceiling fans eventually wear out in the long run and need to be replaced. In general, the average ranges between 10 and 15 years. Yet, some ceiling fans can last 20+ years or longer. Therefore, how long does a ceiling fan last depends on several factors, including:

#1. How Often You Run the Ceiling Fan

The number of hours the fan runs throughout the day will determine its lifespan. For example, if you run it continuously to circulate air and maintain a breeze in your home, you will need to replace your ceiling fan every 5 to 10 years. On the other hand, if you only run the ceiling fan between 8 and 10 hours a day, the fan will last much longer.

#2. What Speed You Operate the Fan On

The speed that you set the fan blades on also determines the fan’s lifespan. Of course, operating it at high speed will cause the blades to spin faster but also causes the motor to work harder. So, fans that are always running on the highest speed setting tend to wear out more quickly than those operating on the medium or low-speed fan setting.

#3. How Often You Clean the Ceiling Fan

All ceiling fans will attract and collect dust on the fan blades, housing, and other surfaces. Ideally, it would be best to dust your ceiling fans weekly to keep dust at a minimum. Doing so helps your ceiling fan last longer.

Otherwise, if you ignore cleaning your ceiling fans, dust can get blown into the motor and other moving parts that require lubrication, causing them to wear out faster.

#4. How Often You Like to Change Styles

If you like to update the decor in your home every few years to reflect current style trends, then you might replace your ceiling fans every few years, too, even though they still work properly. A viable alternative is to switch out the fan blades or get fan blade covers to give your ceiling fans a new look without having to replace them.

Signs It Is Time to Replace Your Ceiling Fans

Now that you know what factors influence how long ceiling fans last, you will want to look for specific signs that indicate your ceiling fan is worn out and needs replacing.

  • The fan constantly makes a buzzing noise when it runs. There are internal electronic parts and components that can wear out. As they do, they will start buzzing. So, as the noise gets louder, the less time your fan has left.
  • The fan squeaks when it runs. There are ball bearings and other similar parts in ceiling fans that are lubricated. Over time, the lubrication wears off. You may be able to oil the bearings to get the noise to stop. However, once it reaches the point where it is constantly squeaking even after oiling it, it is time to get a new ceiling fan.
  • You notice blades shake as the fan operates. There are two causes for shaky blades:  either the blades are loose and need tightening, or the motor has become misaligned. If it is the latter, then you need to replace the ceiling fan.
  • The speed of the fan blades appears to be slower. As ceiling fans age and start to wear out, the speed at which they spin will gradually decrease. If you use the low-speed or medium-speed setting, you may get some added life out of the fan by turning the fan up one setting. Yet, eventually, the fan will need replacing.
  • The ceiling fan breaks down frequently. Ceiling fans get to a point where it costs more to fix and repair them than replace them. If you notice your ceiling fans are having recurring problems and repairs are starting to add up, this is a good sign now is the time to get new ceiling fans. 

As long as your ceiling fan is not exhibiting any of these signs, it should not need to be replaced, regardless of its age—unless you want to update the decor and style of your home.

You also do not need to replace your ceiling fans when the remote controls stop working or you misplace them. Instead, you can order new remote controls from Replacement Remotes. To get started, select your ceiling fan brand or contact us at 855-573-6683 for further assistance today!