Holmes Tower Fan Making Noise- How to Troubleshoot

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Holmes tower fan usually makes noise with faults in the direction of the blade drum where it turns to be opposite the normal way the blade faces. Sometimes a fan makes noise during its normal operations as it compels air in and out of the tower by exchanging warm and cold air respectively. 

However, if the noise turns out to be louder than normal then the fan has faults with some other parts like the blades, compressor, condenser, or the engine that is providing power to the fan. The major causes of the fan noise are the blades. Since the noises from the Holmes tower fan is a result of blades then the users need to replace the blades or repair where necessary.

Therefore the user needs to fix the Holmes tower fan on a soft surface like rubber that provides a tight connection between the fan and the ground, unlike the other surfaces that hold it loosely creating vibrations that are the noises. The article below shows how to troubleshoot a Holmes tower fan that is making noise inclusive of the steps of fixing which you need to carefully follow to get rid of the noises from the fan in the tower.

How to troubleshoot a Holmes tower fan making noise

troubleshoot a Holmes tower fan that makes noise

Before trying anything on troubleshooting the Holmes tower fan consider reading the manufacturer’s instructions on the measures to take when handling the fan. The instructions help you identify the areas that do not need replacement or rather delicate parts in the fan that when you handle carelessly can cause great damages to the whole system.

When disassembling the parts in the fan for a replacement take note of the parts carefully to avoid confusion when reassembling them again. Below are the steps of fixing the Holmes tower fan making noise;

i. Collect all the tools and parts for replacement

To fix a Holmes tower fan you need to gather all the tools that include the screwdrivers for unscrewing the screws holding the blades to the fan and other parts and new parts for replacements in the fan since some causes of noise might be ancient components of the fan. The user also needs a magnetic kit that holds the screws from getting lost due to the magnetic nature that sticks with the screws.

ii. Put off the Holmes tower

The Holmes tower fan must be off for easy handling of the fan since a working fan can cause damage to its blades as it can cut the user. Switching off the Holmes tower fan helps also reduce electrical damages to the user like the electro–circuiting from the wires that connect it. Therefore when the Holmes tower is off then there are low chances of any damage to the user.

iii. Find the fan in the Holmes tower

Find the fan in the Holmes tower

Locate the position of the fan so that you can identify the problems with it that need fixing. Locating the position of the fan in the Holmes tower helps one to take note of the installation process of the fan and the right position to stay for maximum working in the tower such that you can remove the fan for repairs and fix it back without damaging some of its parts.

iv. Inspect the fan

In the process of inspecting the fan, ensure you put it off before opening it by unfixing all the wires that connect it to the main system with electrical connectivity. After putting off the fan disconnect all the screws holding the upper surface for the opening of the fan to identify the related issues.

Gently remove the screws using a screwdriver minding the screws at some corners of the fan that tend to hide. After removing all the screws then remove the fan’s cover panels to view the inside components.

v. Identify the cause of noise in the fan

After inspecting the fan and you find that there is no visible evidence of noises in the fan, connect all the components that you opened exclusively to the cover panel to identify the areas with issues easily while running the fan.

Be keen to listen to the noises from the fan for easy citing of the faulty parts. Take note of the fan blades since they are the main source of noise in the fan as they keep changing the drums axis direction when the fan is rotating.

vi. Switch off the fan

After finding the issues with the fan making noise, disconnect the power cables that are making the fan run and unfix it by removing all the screws tightly and holding it using the screwdrivers. Then disconnect the fan blades drum axis for thorough checking on the problems accompanying it.

It is good later to apply a lubrication material on the blade axis with a piece of cloth or rather use cotton wool since they are soft and cannot damage the parts of the fan.

vii. Replace the fan blade axis drum

Remove the older fan blade axis with faults and fix a new fan blade axis drum by ensuring a tight connection with the screws holding it to the fan to avoid noise from vibration since the screws can start moving. Ensure the fan blade stays on a soft rubber surface that holds the fan blade strongly such that in case of any vibrations the fan blades cannot move to cause more noise in the fan.

viii. Switch on the fan

Switch on the fan to check if the fan is correctly working or still has some issues. Consider observing the movement of the fan blades’ direction since they are the main cause of the noise. Fix any loose screws in the fan to prevent unnecessary noise.

ix. Switch off the fan again

After finding out the fan is now good to work, switch off the fan for the process of fixing the cover case. Switching off helps give time for the grease in the blades to dry for it to stick to the rubber

x. Fix the fan case

Fix the fan cover case after drying the grease for maximum protection over the fan. The case prevents dirty air particles from flowing into the fan damages it and prevents airflow. If the noise is still there, call a technician to correct you the mistake when troubleshooting the noises in the Holmes tower since you might not have correctly followed the steps with the manufacturer’s instructions.

Sometimes the fan may still make noise because the replacement material is not compatible with the fan. In case of such an issue check the type of the fan and the replacement tool for corrections.

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Frequently asked questions:

  • What are the other causes of a Holmes tower fan making noise?

The main cause of a Holmes tower fan making noise is the fan blade drum axis that tends to change the direction when the fan is working. However, there are other causes of the fan making noise which include; faulty compressors, bad condenser coils, and dirty particles in the fan.


To correct a Holmes tower fan that is making noise check the whole fan with its components to cite any faulty parts for correction. The article above shows the steps of troubleshooting a Holmes tower fan making noise. Gently follow the steps accurately to avoid missing some concepts that can cause failure in correcting your fan.

Noise in the Holmes tower fan can cause destruction to people in their daily activities. Therefore, consider checking the issues with immediate effect as they can cause worse damage. Always use the correct replacement tools to avoid using parts that are not compatible with the fan and remember to take measures while handling the fan.

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