What does it mean if my ceiling fan is not working but the light does?

The other day I had my ceiling fan on and then it suddenly stopped. The light still works but the fan just won’t come on. What does it mean if my ceiling fan is not working but the light does?

Chloe Jenkins · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
I’m sorry to hear that your ceiling fan gave out on you. Generally, if the fan stops working but the light is still turning on and off, there is an issue with the fan’s motor or the wiring.
Check for a humming sound when you try to turn the fan on. This will be a sure sign of a blown motor which is usually due to overheating. With some help from a friend or family member, you should check out the fan’s motor housing and look for a small black box connected to the pull cord.
If you spot any damage or discoloration, you should call a professional to address the issue.
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