Balancing Your New Industrial Fan
Skipping the balancing step after installation could result in catastrophic failure before the dust has a chance to settle on your shiny new fan.
Think you can save some money and hope for the best? You might be right, but what if you’re wrong? The cost of failure is far more than the cost of checking for issues. Make no mistake – we balance every fan before it leaves our facility on its way to yours. But what happens in between?
Whether your fan travels across town, across the country, or even farther, anything could happen in transit. Most shippers are careful, but things like potholes, fast stops, or loading/unloading errors can cause damage you don’t always see.
What Can Go Wrong if You Skip the Final Balancing Step
There are a number of things to watch for in your post-installation fan balance, and none of them are pretty if you miss them. Here are two big ones:
One loose bolt or tweaked alignment can throw the whole system off, and trouble can escalate quickly with rapidly moving parts in an industrial fan.
High vibration can lead to quick bearing failure, and bearing failure stops you in your tracks. It can also damage other parts on your fan and decrease your overall fan life.
The Key to Industrial Fan Balancing After Installation
We’ve shared some things to look for, but by far, the best way to make sure your fan is ready for operation is to bring in a balance technician after installation to test your fan and resolve any vibration issues.
If you’d like our field service team to inspect and test your fan, we are happy to help! You can also hire a local pro to do your balancing and other installation safeguards for you.
Hear What Can Go Wrong from an Application Engineer
Chet White, Senior Application Engineer / Sales & Marketing Manager, provides additional information on this topic using a simple whiteboard drawing in this 3½-minute video.
To ask questions, get more details, or discuss your application, reach out and connect with one of our application engineers.
Here are several related posts that might interest you as you think about your application.
- How to Balance an Industrial Fan
- A Roadmap to Get Your Bearings
- Fan Installation Checklist
- How Long Do Industrial Fans Last? Quality, Installation, and Industrial Fan & Blower Maintenance
- Fan Maintenance