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Electrical burn smell from ceiling fan
Posted by: Mike Sellers
Date: February 23, 2024 06:37AM
My wife noticed an electrical burn smell in her home office last week. She has a much stronger sense of smell than I do but I also detected it. We determined that it only happened when the ceiling fan was on and I confirmed by standing on a ladder and sniffing.

So this past weekend I bought and installed a new ceiling fan. Well, just damn, the same smell. I turned the light only on and still the same smell, so it's not the fan motor.

I want to have an electrician to come check out the wiring and make sure there's no danger of burning the house down but, before I do that, is there something obvious I'm missing?

Thanks, hive mind.
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Re: Electrical burn smell from ceiling fan
Posted by: Bernie
Date: February 23, 2024 07:17AM
I believe the fan created the smell. It may take a while for the smell to dissipate.

Other wise check the wire nuts to see if they are tight. The ones you did and the ones you did not mess with.

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Re: Electrical burn smell from ceiling fan
Posted by: Mike Sellers
Date: February 23, 2024 07:30AM
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Bernie
I believe the fan created the smell. It may take a while for the smell to dissipate.

Yeah, that was my initial thought but the fact that we delected the smell when only the light was on, not the fan, is what worries me.
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Re: Electrical burn smell from ceiling fan
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: February 23, 2024 08:00AM
Run it for a short while and see if the wiring feels hot to the touch



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Re: Electrical burn smell from ceiling fan
Posted by: gadje
Date: February 23, 2024 08:04AM
If you had something obvious, say a defective wire nut inside the junction box, you would have noticed it when you swapped the fan. I suspect the trouble is beyond the junction box, so definitely wise to call a licensed and insured electrician. The rate around here for a job like that was $200 several years before covid, I would expect a similar job to be $300-400 these days. Definitely worth it for the peace of mind.
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Re: Electrical burn smell from ceiling fan
Posted by: Tiangou
Date: February 23, 2024 08:10AM
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Mike Sellers
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Bernie
I believe the fan created the smell. It may take a while for the smell to dissipate.

Yeah, that was my initial thought but the fact that we delected the smell when only the light was on, not the fan, is what worries me.

Did you re-use the light bulbs from the fixture in the old fan?

Stupid people trick: Rinse the bulbs. (And dry them thoroughly before putting them back.) They're probably dusty.



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Re: Electrical burn smell from ceiling fan
Posted by: Mike Sellers
Date: February 23, 2024 08:11AM
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Tiangou
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Mike Sellers
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Bernie
I believe the fan created the smell. It may take a while for the smell to dissipate.

Yeah, that was my initial thought but the fact that we delected the smell when only the light was on, not the fan, is what worries me.

Did you re-use the light bulbs from the fixture in the old fan?

Stupid people trick: Rinse the bulbs. (And dry them thoroughly before putting them back.) They're probably dusty.

Brand new bulbs that came with the fan.
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