I have three 20+ year old Casablanca fans. One makes a
knocking/thumping noise at the same point in each revolution - go
around, thump . . . around, thump . . . around, thump.
It's been doing this off and on for 5 years. Recently it has become
louder and persistent. The Casablanca Fan Company are a customer
unfriendly bunch. I call them to ask what causes this and how I can
fix it. They offer to locate a "certified" Casablanca repair service
[Off topic rant: The speed control circuit board in another failed.
This is two customer unfriendly outfits in a row. About a month ago I
called InSinkErator about my garbage disposer and got the same 'Get
lost. We're only interested if we can get more money out of you'
reply. Given the ridiculously high price and low reliability of their
fans combined with their customer non-support attitude, they've
guaranteed I'll never buy another Casablanca fan.]
A few years ago an acquaintance said it has something to do with the
flywheel needing to be repositioned, or something like that. Anybody
know how I can fix this?
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I have had ceiling fans in my house for 25 years and in that time 3 or 4 times
the fans would start making a thumping noise on each round and I would tighten
up all the screws of the blades and it would stop. Tighten up both sets of
screws as the ones holding the blade and the ones holding the blade holder to
the motor. A thumping noise in my case was loose blades everytime.
Thanks for your reply.
Holding each blade and trying to move it up-down and side-to-side and
twist relative to the fan body I have seen no looseness/play where the
blades connect to the blade holders or where the blade holders connect
to the fan body.
While I still believe Casablanca fans are the best you can buy, they've
always had one major flaw, The flywheel, which is what you screw the blades
onto is attached to the motor,I suppose by some sort of vulcanizing process,
and occasionally they simply separate. In my experience,(having installed
hundreds of these) it happens most often when the fan is hung in a room with
an active fireplace, leaving me to believe that dry heat affects them.
Anyway, if this is what is happening, its not something you can fix and
probably isn't worth sending the fan to Casablanca. Incidentally, there was
a time when Casablanca service was excellent, then Hunter fan bought the
Thanks for your reply.
In this case it's in a bedroom with no fireplace. I just looked at
their website and they say they'll fix a flywheel for $45. Seems like
it's probably worth that much to keep the fan. Don't these fans cost
about $300-$400? It has run night and day for about 9 months of the
year for 25 years. Any reason to think it won't go another 25 after
the flywheel repair?
On Tue, 22 Mar 2005 16:46:14 -0500, "RBM" <rmottola1(remove
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