Here is a short guide to help you DIYs (Do-it-yourselfers) replace parts on your Harbor Breeze Ceiling fan. In order to actually replace parts on your Harbor Breeze ceiling fans (or any other model, Hampton Bay, Hunter, etc.) you need to know the names of the various parts and what they do. Most ceiling fans are made up of a few main parts:
The mounting bracket are what actually holds the ceiling fan to the ceiling with screws. These may need to be replaced for a variety of reasons, a few of which are typical wear-and-tear, bent or mis-shapen, or even because you just have the wrong size. Mounting brackets are one of the more easy-to-find parts out there.
In some cases, the mounting hardware is right on the base of the fan, in which case you’ll have to find the replacement for the base.
The downrod connects the fan to the mounting bracket and comes in various lengths. Higher ceilings require longer downrods to provide more efficient airflow. There are no shortage of downrod replacements at places like Amazon and Lowes, so you should be able to find the exact color and length that you need.
The canopy functions to basically cover up the mounting bracket and a portion of the downrod so that it looks nicer. This is more of a decorative item and can sometimes crack or have its color fade over time. Finding an exact replacement really depends on if the same fan model is still being made or not. If you can’t find an exact match, there are usually enough choices out there to get one that is close or at least matches the color or finish.
The fan motor, the brains of the operation, sits inside the decorative housing to be hidden from view. This makes for a nicer looking fan than if you had the motor and wires exposed.
Fan motor prices can really vary depending on what you need. Quieter and more efficient motors will cost you more than the inefficient ones. Finding an exact match to your old motor isn’t always necessary.
The fan blades are there connected to the fan motor and attached with screws by blade holders. Blades can be purchased and replaced individually, which is great for when a single one breaks due to wear-and-tear or from striking something while it was spinning (which actually happens a lot!).
There is usually a light kit/light fixture with lamp shades and bulbs below the fan blades. This is optional, but many fans have them. Its best to try and find the same one you had as before, but its not required. As with the canopy, you’re more likely to find the same light fixture if the fan is still being made by the company.
Speed switch and Reverse switch
Also attached to the decorative housing/motor, you will usually find the speed switch. Most fans can vary their speed to provide different levels of air flow. The more expensive the fan, the more speeds it will typically have. There is also usually a reverse switch attached to the fan motor as well to reverse the direction of air flow, which is useful in the colder months. Many different types of speed/reverse switches can be found online and usually work with many different models of fans.
I didn’t mention the remote control, but this is also something many ceiling fans come with as well to allow for easier adjustment of fan speed, and to simply to turn the fan (and/or lights) on and off without using a wall switch or standing on a chair.
- Decorative housing
- Motor screws
- Blade holder
- Blade holder screws
These are all the basic parts of the ceiling fan. Now that you know the basic part names and what they do, if you want to order replacement parts their are many reputable vendors on the internet that will assist you. Most times the Home Depots and Lowe’s stores of the world don’t carry too many of the replacement parts.