Harbor Breeze manufactures quality ceiling fans and all the fan parts are reliable, but with usage, they may start to have issues like any other appliance, Blade arms are no exception.
Blade arms are those that connect the blades to the ceiling fan’s motor housing. Broken, rusted, or bent blade arms of a ceiling fan can cause various problems to the fans.
One main cause of these faulty blade arms is that the fan blades lose their balance and the fan starts to wobble. Despite this issue, the broken or bent blade arms make the fan look unattractive and the whole room decor looks odd. That’s why their replacement becomes necessary. But there are several questions that come to one’s mind such as;
- When do the blade arms need to be replaced?
- What other solutions are there other than replacement?
- where to buy replacement blade arms for my specific Harbor Breeze ceiling fan model?
- Can I buy a universal blade arms replacement kit that will fit my Harbor Breeze ceiling fan?
- What’s the process for replacing the blade arms? etc.
If you also want to get answers to all the questions above, then this article would be really helpful for you as in this post I’m to give you the detailed answers to all the questions one can have about blade arms, so stay with me and get all the information you need.
What is the purpose of the blade arms in a ceiling fan?
Let’s start with understanding the importance and purpose of the blade arms. The main purpose of blade arms on ceiling fans is to hold the blades of the fan in place. These are attached to the motor housing and extend out to each blade. The arms have a series of holes(patterns can be different) that the blades are fitted into.
These are necessary for a fan’s stability, if the fan doesn’t have blade arms then the blades would be able to move freely and can come loose from the motor housing. It is dangerous as when the blades come loose from the housing, the blades will come off and fall to the ground. Thus the blade arms are important as they keep the blades stable and reduce the dangers to the fan itself and the users.
What causes the blade arms to become damaged?
There are several factors that cause the blade arms to become corroded and broken. The reasons are:
Wear and Tear: First of all, as we all know normal usage also causes things to become damaged, the same goes with blade arms. They too become broken with normal usage. The constant rotation of the blades puts stress on the arms, thus they become damaged.
Exposure to Elements: If your ceiling fan is installed in an outdoor or damp environment, it is openly exposed to moisture and weather elements that cause the blade arms to rust or corrode.
Physical Impact: Accidental impacts or collisions with objects cause the blade arms to bend or break, especially if the fan is installed at a low height.
Poor Maintenance: If you neglect regular cleaning and maintenance, dust and debris accumulate on the blade arms, which affects their structural integrity and balance.
Material Quality: Some manufacturers use low-quality materials in the construction of blade arms which causes the arms damaged prematurely.
So, How do you know if your ceiling fan’s blade arms need to be replaced?
You’ll notice some visible signs by carefully looking at the ceiling fan and noticing its current working. The signs are:
- If the ceiling fan is wobbling or making noise, it can be due to an issue with the blade arms. Check the fan for cracks, splits, and loose screws on the arms.
- If the finish on the blade arms is worn or peeling.
- If you notice cracks or breaks in the blade arms.
- If you hear excessive noise during fan operation.
- If you notice a decrease in the fan’s airflow (damaged blade arms restrict the movement of the blades).
- Probably, when you want to change the fan’s look.
- In extreme cases, damaged blade arms can pose safety risks. If the blades fall down, it can cause injury.
So, these are the situations when you’ve to replace the blade arms.
Where to buy replacement blade arms for my specific Harbor Breeze ceiling fan model?
Now, let’s talk about where you can find the replacement; the first place I would suggest is of course Lowe’s, the major retailer of Harbor Breeze products. You can either navigate the Lowe’s website or visit the nearby store. If you go to Lowe’s website and browse for Harbor Breeze blade arms, you’ll see all the collections of blade arms that come from Harbor Breeze.
Remember that if you search for any replacement part of your ceiling fan with its name or model number for instance; if you write “Replacement blade arms for Harbor Breeze Armitage ceiling fan” you’ll be left with no results. You must have to use a proper search term to get related results. After trying a lot of different search terms I’ve found “Harbor Breeze Blade Arms” or “Blade Arms For Harbor Breeze Ceiling Fans” proper terms to get accurate results.
When you will use these terms you’ll get all the blade arms that Harbor Breeze has manufactured. Before making the purchase you must check the specifications required for your ceiling fan, The easy way to be sure that this blade arm kit will fit your fan or not is to inspect the old blade arms, see and compare these two(arms on the fan and arms that you’re about to purchase). If the pattern matches then you can buy that particular arms kit with confidence. You can also call their customer service if you need help finding the replacement part.
The second option is to Amazon, chances are you’ll find it there. The purchase method is the same as Lowe’s; compare the hole pattern and call the seller for its compatibility, then proceed to buy. If you cannot find it on both Lowe’s and Amazon then you’re left with only one option is; call the manufacturer Litex Industries customer service department for help. If you want contact details, read my article:
Can I buy a universal blade arms kit for my Harbor Breeze Ceiling fan?
The simple and honest answer is, that you should not try to buy a universal replacement blade arm kit for your ceiling fans. The reason for this is that the blade arms have different hole patterns and different numbers of holes, so if you buy a universal blade arm kit, what if it doesn’t match that specific pattern, It will be impossible to install this arm kit on the fan. So, it’s advisable to buy a replacement from the Harbor Breeze and also mention the model. But if you’re lucky enough to find the same pattern and style then maybe it will work fine with your ceiling fan.
How to Replace the Blade Arms on the Harbor Breeze Ceiling Fan?
Now finally talk about how to replace the blade arms on the Harbor Breeze ceiling fan. The process for replacement isn’t difficult, you’ll be able to do this task if you know the basics of electrical work. To assist you, the following is a step-by-step guide to make the replacement process easier for you:
What you need: Before starting work, gather the following tools and materials: A ladder, blade arms kit, and A screwdriver. Also, have someone to assist you if possible.
- Turn off the power to the ceiling fan set up a ladder below the fan and make sure it is stable otherwise, you’ll fall down.
- Remove the light fixture from the fan(if your fan has one). First, remove the light kit cover then the bulbs and other fixtures, and hand over the light kit parts to your helper on the floor.
- After removing the light kit, I would suggest you remove the fan from the ceiling and have it on a flat surface to make replacement easy and avoid accidents.
- Remove the blades by separating them from the blade arms. Use a screwdriver to remove the screws that are connecting the blades and the blade arms.
- Remove the old blade arms and set them aside.
- Take the new blade arms and insert them into the slots where the old blade arms were located.
- Tighten the screws to fix the arms in place and then attach the blades to the arms using the same screws that were connecting them before.
- Then follow the process in reverse, attach the light kit and then the fan to the ceiling.
Turn on the electricity and switch on the fan to see if the new arms are working fine. If the fan is not wobbling and not making any kind of noise then it means you’ve done the replacement successfully.
When your Harbor Breeze ceiling fan starts making strange noises or the blades begin to wobble, it is possible that replacing the blade arms will fix the issue you can also try installing a balancing kit in case of the fan’s wobbling. Or if the blade arms are broken or corroded, you need to replace them. In this guide, I’ve tried to explain where you can buy the best replacement arms for your Harbor Breeze ceiling fan that will fit in and also how to carry out the procedure of buying a replacement. I’ve provided easy stepwise instructions to replace the blade arms, I hope this guide will be easy and helpful for you.
Frequently Asked Questions
Use a screwdriver to remove the screws that hold the blades in place. Then, carefully remove the blades and set them aside. Next, use a drill to remove the screws that hold the blade arms in place. Once the screws are removed, you should be able to easily remove the old blade arms.
There is no set time frame for replacing your ceiling fan. Probably, when your fan is having issues like wobbling and making noise or the existing arms are broken or rusted.
Ceiling fans are not universal because they come in different designs, made by different manufacturers.
The best practice is to buy a replacement from the same manufacturer as the fan. If you can’t find arms from Harbor Breeze and want to buy universal then be sure that the hole pattern is the same and also ask the seller for its compatibility.
Yes, it is relatively easy to install new blade arms on your Harbor Breeze ceiling fan. All it needs is basic technical knowledge and the right guidance.
Yes, lowes.com is the official store for selling Harbor Breeze ceiling fans and other products. On the website, you can find information about product recalls, warranty, instructional videos, and troubleshooting tips. You can also purchase replacement parts and accessories for your fan and contact them in case of any problem.
The best way to find a Harbor Breeze dealer near you is to visit the website and use the Dealer Locator tool. This tool will allow you to search for dealers by zip code.