Parts of a Ceiling Fan: Decoding Ceiling Fan Anatomy

  • 26 March

Your mechanic may have just visited your house and talked about the technical elements of a fan which need repair, but you may have not understood a word they said. Or, your fan may have started making some noise, and you’re wondering which part of your ceiling fan is that noise coming from. Whatever it is, if you’re curious about the parts of a ceiling fan and their function you will find everything you need to know in this blog.

Ceiling Fan Parts 

You don’t have to be a technician to understand the features of a ceiling fan. This blog consists of a list of fan parts that will help you understand everything you need to know about the functions of these fan parts.

1. Mounting

Mounting refers to nothing but the fixture that is used to attach the parts of a fan to the ceiling. There are several mounting mechanisms available in the market. The most commonly used is the ball and socket, as well as the J-hook with a shackle clamp. The ball and socket are used in conjunction with a fan mounting bracket that fits the bottom of the down rod, whereas the J-hook and the shackle clamp parts attach directly to the ceiling. If the mounting is not fitted properly to the ceiling, chances are the fan will fall.

2. Down Rod

The down rod, also known as the suspension rod, is a rigid, galvanised pipe that is used to suspend the fan from your home’s ceiling. The diameter and length of the down rod vary depending on the design and type of ceiling fan. The greater the ceiling fan’s down rod length, the lower the ceiling height, and vice versa. One end of the down rod is attached to the motor housing, while the other is attached to the mounting mechanism.

3. Top and Bottom Canopies

There are two canopies located along the suspension rod—top and bottom. The top canopy is mounted in such a way that it covers the bolt, hook, and nut. The bottom canopy, on the other hand, is located under and in the centre of the ceiling fan motor. This canopy is mounted to protect multiple components, such as switches, wires, and capacitors. The bottom canopy is beneficial when ceiling fans require oiling; you can see the bottom canopy often concealing the oil reservoir, which lubricates the ball bearings.

4. Ball bearing

This is probably the most commonly heard name when it comes to the parts of a  ceiling fan. Ceiling fans use ball bearings to ensure noiseless, friction-free movements of rotating components. These are made of high-quality steel and are well-greased for improved fan efficiency and quiet operation.

5. Electric Motor and Motor Housing

The heart of the ceiling fan—the electric motor—converts electrical energy into mechanical energy. As the electrical current passes through the coil of the electric motor, a magnetic field is generated within the coil. This results in the rotation of the coil. This rotational energy is then transferred to the ceiling fan blades, causing them to move. In general, a capacitor is used to generate the necessary phase shift among these currents and is also attached in series with the starting winding.

A motor housing refers to a motor cover that is made out of iron. It protects the motor from dust and dirt while also giving the fan a sleek appearance by concealing the inner operation motor.

6. Blade Bracket

A fan blade bracket refers to the metallic blade hinges that attach the ceiling fan blades to the centre of the ceiling fan. This fan blade bracket is fastened to the ceiling fan blades using bolts or rivets.

7. Blades

One of the most important ceiling fan parts is the blades, which don’t just serve an aesthetic purpose but also circulate air around the room. You can consider ceiling fan blades as wings that are attached to the centre of the fan and extend outward. These blades are made using several materials, such as plastic, aluminium, steel, or perhaps even wood.

A fan comprises 3 to 4 ceiling fan blades, of which the one with 4 fan blades delivers better air circulation.

Another thing you must know about these ceiling fan blades is that they must be set in a clockwise direction during the winter to drag cool air upwards, leaving the room warmer. Setting the fan direction to an anticlockwise direction during summer is important as it will push the air downwards, creating a cooling ambience in the room.

We hope this list of names of the parts of a  ceiling fan helps you understand the basics. To know more about ceiling fans, you can check out our blog. If you are on the lookout for the best ceiling fans for your home, invest in the best Crompton ceiling fans, now! If you need help to choose the right ceiling fan, head straight to our buying guide.