I am building a new home and want to start buying my own fixtures and
ceiling fans. In my present home I have Hunter and Casablanca which have
served me well. I have been looking at some Hampton Bay fans at Home Depot
and they seem comparable to the Hunter but I am concerned with reliability.
Any advise or thoughts.
<< I am concerned with reliability. >>
If you have brands that have served you faithfully for some years it would be
logical to use them again barring some very compelling reason. FWIW, I
installed a new Hunter fan recently (my first of this brand). Everything from
packaging to instructions to parts quality was first rate.
It will probably come down to appearance and fit to your decor, since there is
about a century of refinement in ceiling fan technology. Doing a Google search
on other brands is recommended, since there may some clunkers out there in
I have a $12 Hampton Bay, two Casablanca, and one $125 Hunter. The
Hunter is built like tank and it is used the most. Did not have any
problems with any of these--all quiet. There is some wind noise when
the Hunter is on "high." All were installed with a wall switch, and
it was the wiring that was the most work. I hated crawling in the
attic fiberglass insulation to install the wiring but I did wait for a
cool morning to do it. The wireless controls eliminate the nasty
work, but the wall switch looks a lot more professional and clean.
I also installed both (one hunter and one HB). The Hunter is a nice
fan but could use a multi stage lights (it has on/off... would be nice
to have (1 bulb, 2 bulbs and 4 bulbs option. The HB gave off a burning
smell for the first few days.
The smell went away, but I am still concered about it.
One aspect not mentioned is motor noise. Cheap fans with few poles
especially on lower speed can give off a pulsing electrical motor
sound. Look inside the fake outer metal of the motor housing and see
how much copper and how many discrete poles the motor has. The
original hunter style hunters have poles around the whole outer
housing and some cheaper fans have a tiny motor inside the housing.
I am year by year replacing a cheape with an original hunter and
started in the bedrooms.
My last house had 2 Casablanca fans. One was a electrnically
controlled Intellitouch, which worked fine until the power went out
and returned. Once power was applied, the lights would stay on full
brightness until shutoff at the switch. This was the correct operation
but it was very annoying. The fan itself ran fine. My other Casablanca
fan was a standard unit that after about 7 years developed an annoying
tick, tick, tick sound and medium and high speeds.
My current house has 3 Emerson fans. They been in use for 6+ years and
I'm very happy with them. The fan in the great room runs continously
all year and still runs like new. However, at the highest speed, it
also has a tick, tick, tick noise. Not really loud, but it's there.
I would buy Emerson fans again.
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