Should you take a little time to appear at a ceiling fan, you will observe that its entire weight rests to a round object tucked across the fan downrod. Known as a cathedral canopy ball or hanger ball, this really difficult bit of vinyl rides at a cradle formed by the fan mounting bracket or ceiling canopy, allowing the fan to adjust to various angles. Excessive motion as a result of out-of-balance blades or other factors can cause the ball to wear, a hazardous condition that involves immediate replacement of the ball.
Cut power to the ceiling fan by flipping off the breaker at the electrical service panel.
Place a sturdy ladder under the buff tall enough to allow simple access to the ceiling canopy. Reach carefully though the blades and remove the screws holding the canopy to the fan mounting bracket. Reduce the canopy and put it atop the fan engine.
Confirm the power is off by checking the wires on the fan with a voltage tester that you know is functioning properly. Make note of the method by which the wiring is connected, then remove the wire nuts and disconnect the fan in the home wiring.
Remove the lights and shades if the fan comes with a light kit. Set them aside in a secure location until you are prepared to reinstall them. Remove the screws holding the light kit foundation to the switch housing. Separate the foundation from the housing, and unplug the electrical connector. Alternatively, be mindful of how the wires coming from the fan are connected to the light kit, then unscrew the cable nuts. Set the light kit foundation safely aside.
Hold the fan nevertheless by grasping one of those blades. Remove the screws attaching the metal blade arm to the motor hub. Set the blade safely aside. Repeat the procedure to remove the rest of the blades. As each blade is removed, the fan will probably tilt further to one side, so take care not to hit on the remaining blades against the ceiling.
Hold the fan motor securely in both hands and lift it up to disengage the hanger ball in the mounting bracket cradle. Lower the fan and place it on top of a pillow or other soft help to prevent damage to the switch housing.
Eliminate the set-screw holding the hanger ball set up about the downrod. Slide down the ball far enough to pull on the metal retaining pin out of the downrod. Slide the old hanger ball upward and away from the downrod.
Slide a fresh 3/4-inch hanger ball onto the downrod far enough to reveal the two retaining pin holes. Insert the pin into the holes and then increase the hanger ball into place across the pin. Thread the set-screw through the eye of the ground cable connector, then into the hanger ball. Tighten the screw securely.
Lift up the fan and settle the hanger ball in the mounting bracket cradle. Turn the fan so that the groove in the ball locks into the ridge around the bracket. Reconnect the home wiring. Slide the canopy up into place and attach it to the mounting bracket. TIghten the screws securely.
Install the fan blades from reattaching the metallic arms to the motor hub. Tighten the screws securely. Check the tightness of the screws holding the blades to your arms and tighten as needed.
Reconnect the lamp base by plugging at the electrical connector or by screwing on the cable nuts to restore the last links. Attach the base to the switch housing, and tighten the screws securely.
Restore power to the buff and check for proper operation.