FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Here's where you'll find answers to the most common questions regarding our ceiling fans, as well as information on our ceiling fan selection.

Common Questions:

Why am I Hearing Ticking/Squeaking/Rattling sounds from Fans?

Customers can sometimes describe grinding, knocking and metal-on-metal noises incorrectly as ‘ticking’ that is coming from a Fan. It is best to try and clarify the sound with the customer first as it is very likely to either be an installation issue or it could be that threaded components such as blade nuts and screws may have loosened over time through normal operation. These components should be occasionally tightened to ensure that the fan does not develop noises. Please ask the customer to check the following as this is not covered under warranty:

  • Fan is screwed into timber and nailed off in the ceiling as per the correct installation from a qualified electrician;
  • Hanging bracket is firm and all hanging bracket screws are tight and secure;
  • The canopy bowl is not touching the ball joint;
  • All blade screws, canopy screws and jam screws are firm;
  • Check if the down rod from the ceiling is not moving, if it is then something is loose in the hanging bracket causing the fan to either make noises and/or wobble.
  • Check that the glass cover is installed correctly (if the Fan in question has a light);
  • Ensure any light globes are fitted correctly and are not touching the glass cover (ask the customer to remove the glass and the globe and check if the noise continues after switching the Fan on).
I need to install a ceiling fan; how should I go about it?
There are no set rules for when it comes to choosing a ceiling fan, but you should think about a few key things.

It’s very important to consider the size of the room when selecting a ceiling fan. The larger the room is, the larger the overall ceiling-fan diameter needs to be in order to generate enough air movement and create a cooling breeze. Blade pitch is also important. The greater the blade pitch on the ceiling fan, the greater the volume of air that will be circulated. Most importantly, as the overall diameter and blade pitch increases on all Martec ceiling fans, so does the size of the motor used, as there is a much greater resistance put on the motor. Many other ceiling fan suppliers do not always follow this basic principal

Ceiling Fan Size Recommendations

Room Dimensions Suggested Ceiling Fan Size

Up to 12 Square Metres (3.5m x 3.5m small bedroom) 1067mm (42″)
Up to 18 Square Metres (4m x 4.5m medium bedroom small living area) 1200mm (48″)
Up to 30 Square Metres (5m x 6m large bedroom, large living area) 1300mm (52″)
Up to 40 Square Metres (6.5m x 6.5m rumpus room, large living area) 1400mm (56″)

Large Rooms – Living, family or master bedrooms need a ceiling fan with an overall diameter of 1300mm or larger to generate enough airflow. A small fan in a larger room can do three things: Make the room look smaller; produce airflow in only a small area; and, create an unbalanced look in the room.

Small to Medium rooms – For kitchens, dining rooms, children’s bedrooms and offices you should choose a fan sized 1200mm or smaller.

Outdoor Areas – All of Martec’s ceiling fans are NOT waterproof or IP65 rated, and thus cannot be directly exposed to the elements. Martec’s Precision 316 which is constructed entirely from Marine grade stainless steel 316, is the only fan Martec recommends for continued outdoor use. Exposure to the elements, sand, dust and/or salt in the air can dramatically reduce the performance of all of Martec’s ceiling fans, with the exception of the Precision 316.

For all coastal areas the Martec Precision 316 is the only ceiling fan series available where the entire exterior construction of the fan down to every last screw is made from the highest grade 316 stainless steel. It is not a blended material construction fan offered by other brands that claim offer the full 316.

Ceiling Height

If you have high ceilings above the standard 2.4 metres, you may require an extension rod– which can be purchased separately–to lower the ceiling fan. The full range of Martec and FourSeasons ceiling fans have the ability to add an extension rod (which much be purchased separately). The standard extension rod size is 900mm (1800mm rods also available) but it can easily be cut to suit your requirements by the installing electrician. All Martec and FourSeasons ceiling fan extension rods also come with the required appropriate wiring lumes, to make extending the wires from the fan motor to the connection point a simple plug-in system, for easier installation.

All Martec and FourSeasons ceiling fans come with a Hang-Sure Canopy fixing method to the ceiling which means that ceiling fans can be mounted on sloping or cathedral ceilings of up to 30 degrees, and, of course, on flat ceilings as well.

Recommended Installation Height

All ceiling fans should be at least 2.1 metres from the floor to the blades of the fan and at least 300mm from the ceiling. The greater the distance from the ceiling to the fan blades, while still maintaining the 2.1 metres from the floor, the greater the volume of air that will be circulated.

Motor Speed & Blade Pitch

Most ceiling fans operate at a top speed of 200 RPM’s. Motor speed, size and blade pitch are the determining factors in the amount of airflow that will be created by the fan. Martec’s ceiling fan line has many models, with the pitch varying from between 12 degrees to 23 degrees for high performance applications and large volumes of air movement. All of the motors that we incorporate in our fans are suited to the overall fan diameter and blade pitch to provide maximum performance and years of hassle-free operation. Our motors are among the finest available, with lamination-reduction technology for quieter operation, and milled edges–not pressed. All of our start-run capacitors are doubled sealed and temperature treated to ensure smooth speed transitions, and ensure whisper-quiet operation.

Additional Lighting Source

If your fan will be replacing the main light in a room (which is the case with most remote-control fans) you will need to purchase a ceiling fan that has an integrated lighting fitting. Most Martec Ceiling Fans are light adaptable so you can still retain your light source, if placing the fan in the centre of down-lights or other lighting sources. If you are using down-lights to illuminate your room and place a Ceiling Fan in the centre of these, it is very important that the fan blades are well clear of the down-light beams to avoid creating a stroking effect. Martec also offers many models of ceiling fans with dedicated energy-saving light sources, including the technology available to dim them.

Remote Controls

Have the convenience of being able to control the light and action of your fan from a remote control. The Martec LCD Remote Control Kits have many handy features such as 1-9 hour timer, light dimmer, and light delay, as well as controlling the fan speeds and light on/off function. Most Martec ceiling fans can be installed with a remote-control kit, which means there is no need to run an extra wire to control the fan, as the remote does everything for you. Remote controls are an optional extra, although some ceiling fans in our line do have them included as part of the package.

Can I purchase a remote control ceiling fan?
Yes, our Martec LCD Remote Control Kits have many handy features such as 1-9 hour timer, light dimmer, and light delay, as well as controlling the fan speeds and light on/off function.

Most Martec ceiling fans can be installed with a remote-control kit, which means there is no need to run an extra wire to control the fan. Remote controls are an optional extra, although some ceiling fans in our line do have them included as part of the package.

What is the difference between AC and DC ceiling fans?
A DC ceiling fan uses 70% less energy for the same airflow as a conventional AC ceiling fan.

They have better controls of different speeds (more speed settings typically 6) and are a smaller size for a given output of air movement. Being “brush less” it should also be quieter and less prone to the buzzes that can appear on cheaper AC ceiling fans and also quicker starting. Due to the more complex electronics they are more expensive than an AC design.

I'm installing a downrod, how can I cut it to suit?
Mark a cut line on the exterior of the downrod, using a felt-tipped marker. Double-check your measurements before making the cut to ensure you cut enough from one end of the rod to equal the length you require.

Wrap the downrod in a towel or cloth. Insert the downrod into a vise. Rotate the downrod until the clevis pin openings — in the sides on each end — face upward toward the ceiling. Tighten the vise to ensure the downrod does not move.

Cut the downrod along the cut line, using a hacksaw. Smooth the cut edges, using a round file.

Measure 1/2-inch from the cut end of the downrod and mark that point, using a felt-tipped marker. Ensure the mark on the downrod lines up with the clevis pin opening on the end of the rod still in the vise.

Attach a 1/2-inch metal drill bit to a power drill. Position the drill bit over the mark you made at the end of the downrod. Drill straight through both sides the downrod to create a clevis pin opening.

Remove the shortened downrod from the vise.

How can I save money and energy at the same time?
Ceiling fans provide a natural energy-saving cooling solution. Most ceiling fans use only about as much power as a 60 watt light bulb which equates to less than 1 cent per hour to run. Ceiling fans will save you money all year round in cooling and heating energy bills.

Ceiling fans in the summer: While a ceiling fan does not necessarily lower the temperature of a room, it does make the room feel cooler by providing a circulating breeze. Effective circulation can make you feel up to 8 degrees cooler, and reduce air conditioning bills by up to 40%.

Ceiling fans in the winter: In the winter months, you should run your ceiling fan in the reverse mode using the Summer/Winter switch. If a ceiling fan is used in the Winter mode in conjunction with the heater, it will push the warm air up against the ceiling and then down the walls, gently re-circulating warm air through the room, which means that heaters will not have to operate for as long, or at such a high-heat setting, thus reducing your energy consumption and saving you money.

How is it easier to install a remote controlled ceiling fan over a wall control?
Remote controlled ceiling fans are installed using the existing light and power source in a room. Simply replacing your rooms light with a remote controlled ceiling fan and light saves running additional wires down your walls.

This option also takes less time to install and costs less. Depending on which remote you have there are also more settings as opposed to wall control, such as dimmer, timer, and delay.

How does the Summer/Winter reverse setting on a fan, create warm air in winter?
Placing ceiling fans on the summer setting allows the blades to move in a counter-clockwise direction forcing the air directly down, placing the ceiling fan on the winter set-ting reverses the blades to a clockwise direction and gently draws the room air up towards the ceiling forcing warm air down and out towards the walls.

Ceiling Fan Selection:

Room size and use of the room
There are no hard and fast rules about selecting the size or appearance of a ceiling fan. However, it’s very important to consider the size of the room when selecting a ceiling fan as this is the starting point for determining what overall fan-size diameter is required. The larger the room is, the larger the overall ceiling-fan diameter needs to be in order to generate enough air movement and create a cooling breeze. The blade pitch is also very important. The greater the blade pitch on the ceiling fan, the greater the volume of air that will be circulated. Most importantly, as the overall diameter and blade pitch increases on all Martec ceiling fans, so does the size of the motor used, as there is a much greater resistance put on the motor. Many other ceiling fan suppliers do not always follow this basic principal.
Ceiling Fan Size Recommendations

Room Dimensions Suggested Ceiling Fan Size

  • Up to 12 Square Metres (3.5m x 3.5m small bedroom) 1067mm (42w)
  • Up to 18 Square Metres (4m x 4.5m medium bedroom small living area) 1200mm (48w)
  • Up to 30 Square Metres (5m x 6m large bedroom, large living area) 1300mm (52w) Up to 40 Square Metres (6.5m x 6.5m rumpus room, large living area) 1400mm (56w)
  • Large Rooms: Living, family or master bedrooms need a ceiling fan with an overall diameter of 1300mm or larger to generate enough airflow. A small fan in a larger room can do three things: Make the room look smaller; produce airflow in only a small area; and, create an unbalanced look in the room.
  • Small to Medium rooms: for kitchens, dining rooms, children’s bedrooms and offices you should choose a fan sized 1200mm or smaller.
  • Outdoor Areas: all of MartecTs ceiling fans are NOT waterproof or IP65 rated, and thus cannot be directly exposed to the elements. Martec’s Precision 316 which is constructed entirely from Marine grade stainless steel 316, is the only fan Martec recommends for continued outdoor use. Exposure to the elements, sand, dust and/or salt in the air can dramatically reduce the performance of all of MartecTs ceiling fans, with the exception of the Precision 316.
  • For all coastal areas the Martec Precision 316 is the only ceiling fan series available where the entire exterior construction of the fan down to every last screw is made from the highest grade 316 stainless steel. It is not a blended material construction fan offered by other brands that claim offer the full 316.
Ceiling Height

If you have high ceilings above the standard 2.4 metres, you may require an extension rod– which can be purchased separately–to lower the ceiling fan. The full range of Martec and FourSeasons ceiling fans have the ability to add an extension rod (which much be purchased separately). The standard extension rod size is 900mm (1800mm rods also available) but it can easily be cut to suit your requirements by the installing electrician. All Martec and FourSeasons ceiling fan extension rods also come with the required appropriate wiring lumes, to make extending the wires from the fan motor to the connection point a simple plug in system, for easier installation. All Martec and FourSeasons ceiling fans come with a Hang-Sure Canopy fixing method to the ceiling which means that ceiling fans can be mounted on sloping or cathe- dral ceilings of up to 30 degrees, and, of course, on flat ceilings as well.

Recommended Installation Height

All ceiling fans should be at least 2.1 metres from the floor to the blades of the fan and at least 300mm from the ceiling. The greater the distance from the ceiling to the fan blades, while still maintaining the 2.1 metres from the floor, the greater the volume of air that will be circulated.

Motor Speed & Blade Pitch

Most ceiling fans operate at a top speed of 200 RPMs. Motor speed, size and blade pitch are the determining factors in the amount of airflow that will be created by the fan. Martec’s ceiling fan line has many models, with the pitch varying from between 12 degrees to 23 degrees for high performance applications and large volumes of air movement. All of the motors that we incorporate in our fans are suited to the overall fan diameter and blade pitch to provide maximum performance and years of hassle-free operation. Our motors are among the finest available, with lamination reduction technology for quieter operation, and milled edges  not pressed. All of our start run capacitors are doubled sealed and temperature treated to ensure smooth speed transitions, and ensure whisper-quiet operation.

Additional Lighting Source

If your fan will be replacing the main light in a room (which is the case with most remote control fans) you will need to purchase a ceiling fan that has an integrated lighting fitting. Most Martec Ceiling Fans are light adaptable so you can still retain your light source, if placing the fan in the centre of down-lights or other lighting sources. If you are using down-lights to illuminate your room and place a Ceiling Fan in the centre of these, it is very important that the fan blades are well clear of the down-light beams to avoid creating a strobing effect. Martec also offers many models of ceiling fans with dedicated energy-saving light sources, including the technology available to dim them.

Remote Controls

Have the convenience of being able to control the light and action of your fan from a remote control. The Martec LCD Remote Control Kits have many handy features such as 1 9 hour timer, light dimmer, and light delay, as well as controlling the fan speeds and light on/off function. Most Martec ceiling fans can be installed with a remote-control kit, which means there is no need to run an extra wire to control the fan, as the remote does everything for you. Remote controls are an optional extra, although some ceiling fans in our line do have them included as part of the package.

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