Diagnosis of any problem with an electrical appliance can be an issue. It certainly can be a pain. You could have a very ambiguous issue, like the fan simply won’t turn on. So is the problem then with the electrical wiring in the home, or is the problem with the fan itself? Like any electrical related problem or even mechanical problem, ascertaining the cause of the issue happens through eliminating variables until you’re left with as few variables as possible.
So, let’s talk about that first.
Kichler Ceiling Fan is not working
This one is straight forward in terms of explanation – you turn your Kichler fan on, and it simply does not turn or there is no signs of life. To troubleshoot this, check all the controls first to make sure they’re set properly. If there is a pullchain, try that. If the fan has a knob, try that. If the fan has a reverse switch on the housing, try switching it between the two positions. Make sure it is fully in one position and not in the middle (an intermittent state). If you’re using the remote, make sure you’ve tried replacing the batteries. If the fan has a pullchain that can be used to circumvent the remote, try that in order to eliminate the remote as a potential variable or culprit.
Next question – does your Kichler ceiling fan have a light or light kit? Is the light working, or it does not turn on either? If the fan and light are both not working, then let’s take a closer look. You’ll likely need a ladder for this part. Pull down or lower the fan canopy. Are all of the wires properly connected? Once that is checked, is there power coming in. Is the wall switch potentially turned off, or is there a breaker downstairs in your breaker panel that is flicked off. The last two things to check is the white wire. Inside of the switch housing that goes to the fan, check that there is a white wire which is connected to both the light and the fan.
If none of that works, it may be time to call and electrician or the fan itself may be defective or faulty.
If the light is working on your fan, but the fan won’t turn on
If the light is working, that’s a good sign. It means that you have power to at least some parts of the fan – perhaps not the entire fan. Look inside the canopy for a black wire, and check if it’s connected or not. Check the other wires too and make sure they’re not loose or disconnected. If the black wire is connected, check what it is currently plugged into. Take some pictures and post them on our Kichler ceiling fan troubleshooting forum so we can give you a hand.
If the fan does not have a light
If there is no light on the fan, checking the wiring still makes sense. The only difference is that the following wire colors might not need to be connected: red, blue, black/white striped wire (this is in the canopy and switch housing). These wires are for a light, so if they do exist they may be there for when a light is eventually added on (if you choose to). Until then, they’re disconnected.
My Kichler ceiling fan runs, but it wobbles or shakes
For this problem, we recommend reading our article about balancing your Kichler ceiling fan. An interesting thing to know: over time, dust and dirt accumulate on the top of your ceiling fan blades. Eventually, if the blades are not cleaned, this can actually lead to the blades being out of alignment. The best way to figure out if the blades are out of alignment or not, is to use a blade balancing kit. A blade balancing kit uses weights attached to the fan blades (very small weights) to re-align the blades. Once you’re able to figure out which blade is out of alignment, from there the fix is typically pretty straight forward. The blade balancing kit will help to eliminate which fan is the issue until you are only left with the problematic blade.