Saturday, October 17, 2009

Not A Fan

About a month ago, the ceiling fan in our bedroom bit the dust.  Literally.  Dust in and around the fan caused the circuit box to catch fire. 

When it happened, I immediately shut the fan off at the light switch, which extinguished the fire.  Q clasped his hands together and said "well, I guess we're getting a new fan this weekend!"  Until then, we put tape over the light switches so nobody could mistakenly turn them on.

That Saturday, we went to Lowes, where we bought this fan:

I chose this one primarily because I like the modern design.  Also the brushed nickel finished matched the other metal finishes in the bedroom.  And at just over $100, it was very affordable.

Did I say "affordable"?  I meant CHEAP!  Very, very, VERY cheap!!!!!

Once the fan was installed, we turned it on.  There was a very pronounced clicking noise coming from the motor.  This was caused by the fan wobbling slightly.  My attempts to steady it worked temporarily.  The fan is situated right under the HVAC register, so whenever the A/C kicks on, the down-flow of air hits the blades and causes the fan to start wobbling all over again. 

Anyway, that's not the worst of it.  It seems our fan is posessed.  In fact, Kyle is convinced that the bedroom is haunted.  The light has been turning on all by itself.

The first time it happened was at 8:30 on a Saturday morning.  We were still in bed, but already awake so it wasn't a big deal.  We thought it was an odd fluke and dismissed it.

But it happened again.  This time was around 2:30 Wednesday morning.  Now THAT was a rude awakening!  I shut the light off at the remote and went back to sleep--until 3:00 when the light turned itself on again.  This time, I shut it off at the light switch and went back to sleep.

We don't know what's causing our fan to spontaneously illuminate.  Q went up on his ladder and changed the coordinates between the fan and its remote.  We're hoping that solves the problem.  Either way, we don't want to go through the trouble of dismounting the fan, disassembling it, and returning it to the store.  But that may be what happens if this fan only offers us limited usefullness! 

Ceiling fans are very important in Arizona.  Especially in bedrooms, as the air flow makes for more comfortable sleeping.  Our next fan--whether it comes sooner or later--will NOT be the budget model.  We will open the wallet a little wider next time.


DS Mark said...

Never, ever, buy a fan with a remote. I've had two and both eventually ended up in trash! The first went on at random like yours and the second just never seemed to work right at all.

~M said...

We've had the same problem until we switched "control module" i.e. brain. We will never buy a fan with a remote either.

Ms. Val said...

Aside from the fact that it looked nice, I chose this fan because it has a remote. It's most handy for adjusting the fan speed at 2:00 in the morning. Getting out of bed at that hour is a pain.

Anyway, for me, a ceiling fan is like a TV. Once you've gone remote, it's hard to go back.