Ceiling Fan Installation

Ceiling fan installation instructions and tips!

Ceiling fans are a great addition to any room. They make a room warmer in winter and will help an air conditioner keep you cooler in the summer. These instructions are for a fan-only ceiling fan. This is a fairly simple procedure and can be done by most anyone.

To install a ceiling fan the first thing you will need to do is to remove the old fixture. Be sure and trip the breaker so that there is no electricity going through the wires. To remove the existing fixture, usually all you will need to do is unscrew a few screws and it'll drop down from the ceiling. It will be hanging from the electrical wires so be sure to hold onto the fixture.

To take it down from the ceiling you will need to remove the wire nuts holding the fixture to the ceiling but before you remove them, make sure and double check with a tester that the electrical wires are not live. Once you are sure the wires are cold, remove the wire nuts and take the fixture down.

The electrical or junction box in the ceiling must be able with withstand the weight of the new fixture. If the box is nailed to the rafters with nails, more than likely you will have to replace it. If it's held to the rafters by four legs, you're in good shape. For our purposes here, we'll assume this does not have to be replaced.

Now you will mount the hardware that is used to suspend the ceiling fan and then route the electrical wires through the mounting hardware. There are two different ways to mount a ceiling fan and most kits come with hardware for both a hanging installation and a flush mount installation. You will need to check the package before you buy it to make sure it comes with the type of hardware you will need.

Next you will make the connection between the wires in the ceiling and the wires in your new ceiling fan. You may need to strip the wires on the ceiling fan. You will need to use wire nuts to hold the old and new wires into place. Trip the breaker again and make sure there is electricity to the ceiling fan. You will know if the ceiling fan is working properly if the fan turns. Once this is accomplished, trip the breaker again and continue with mounting the ceiling fan. While you won't be working with the electrical wires again, it's always a safe thing not to have the electricity on while working near the electrical wires.

When this is complete, hang the ceiling fan into the mounting hardware and tighten the screws. Assemble the fan blades and mount them into place. Trip the breaker again and make sure the ceiling fan is working and doesn't wobble. If it wobbles, you will need to get a special balancing kit from the manufacturer to balance the blades. It works like a tire balancing kit.

Enjoy your new ceiling fan!

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