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How do I Choose the Best Replacement Ceiling Fan Blades?

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The way you’ll shop for and choose replacement ceiling fan blades depends on why you need replacement blades. If you want to simply replace damaged blades, it might be easiest for you to shop directly from the original manufacturer or through a store that sells that manufacturer’s blades. Many stores that specialize in home improvement and renovation sell generic fan blades in common colors, sizes, and styles. These kinds of replacement ceiling fan blades might be an option if you’re unable to find your original blades. Of course, if you want to replace all the fan blades to create a new look, all you need to know is the blade weight and size dimensions, the color, and the style you want.

If you want replacement ceiling fan blades because one or two of your current blades are damaged, the easiest way to find them is through the manufacturer. This might mean ordering the fan blades directly from the manufacturer via the manufacturer’s website, catalog, or telephone ordering system. It might also mean purchasing them at a retail store with which the manufacturer does business.

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If you’re not able to find the blade on the website or in a store or catalog, you might need to provide the manufacturer or store employee with identifying information such as the blade style number and the blade measurements. Usually, this information is included on the packaging or assembly and installation instructions. If you no longer have those items, you might find the information somewhere on one of the ceiling fan parts.

Note that many home improvement stores sell generic replacement ceiling fan blades. These fan blades come in a variety of common styles, sizes, and colors. If you can’t find a matching replacement blade, have no identifying information for the blade, or the blade style has been discontinued, you might consider browsing generic blades. Be sure to record the dimensions of the original blades so you can purchase the right size. You might also take one of the original blades with you to make sure the generic blades will match.

You can also purchase replacement ceiling fan blades to change the entire look of your fan. Typically, this is an affordable option for people who have just redecorated and want their ceiling fans to match but don’t want to buy an entirely new fan. Before you start shopping for all new replacement ceiling fan blades, write the size dimensions of your original fan blades. If possible, it’s a good idea to find out how much weight the fan’s ceiling unit can hold. The ceiling unit is the part that attaches to the ceiling and holds the ceiling fan motor and can eventually tear away from the ceiling if the blades are too heavy.

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