How To Install A Ceiling Fan

By Subodh / December 24, 2014

You may not realise it, but your ceiling fan does a lot to keep you comfortable in the midst of all the weather changes that occur all round the year. It improves cooling during the hot summer months and circulates warm air throughout the room during chilly winters, thus creating a comfortable atmosphere in your home.

What’s more, ceiling fans are also comparatively cheaper and don’t cost a lot as far as electricity consumption is concerned. Contrary to the popular belief, it is actually not that difficult to install a ceiling fan yourself. Read on to find out how to install a ceiling fan in a few quick and easy steps.

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Tools and Materials

Here is a list of some tools and materials you will need to install a ceiling fan yourself. You can find most of these in the garage of your home, or even if you don’t have these, you can pick them up from a local hardware store.

  • Measure tape
  • Hammer
  • Non-contact voltage tester device
  • Wrench set
  • 4 in1 screw driver
  • Wire cutter
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Nut driver
  • Switch
  • Ceiling fan
  • Wire connectors
  • Fan brace and box

Step-by-Step Instructions

If you are working on an installation or home repair project for the first time, you may be nervous and intimidated by the prospect of doing it all by yourself. The truth is, you don’t need to be an expert to install a ceiling fan, or most other home repair items for that matter. Following these simple step by step instructions will make it much easier for you.

1: Take Some Time

Before you move on to install a ceiling fan, make sure you have enough time on hands, preferably when you are not interrupted. Don’t try to install it on a busy day or when your kids are around. Also have all your materials and tools ready in the room where you’re looking to install the fan. Avoid having sources of distraction such as your cellphone nearby. You may also want to consider wearing some protective goggles to keep your eyes safe.

2: Ceiling Check

Do a quick inspection of the area on the ceiling where you’re looking to install the ceiling fan- if it has some wires from a previous light fixture, you can easily set up a ceiling fan there. Next, also note the height of the entire room you’re working with. Most fans come with a short downrod that helps it get mounted on 8 ft ceilings. If the height of your room is less than 8 ft, you may have to let go of using the downrod- similarly, if your ceiling is high, you may need a longer downrod.

3: Basics

The basic rule of the thumb to follow with EVERY home improvement project dealing with electricity is to ALWAYS shut off the power at the main panel. You can check the exposed wires with a voltage tester to confirm that you are safely working on the project. Next, remove the framing off the existing electrical box using a hammer and a wood block. Now remove the existing metal or plastic electrical box and install the fan brace, which is designed to hold new ceiling fans.

4: Install the New Box

On the top of the new metal box you’ve installed, you will find a cable clamp- feed the existing wire through it, and slip the box over the saddle screws, and then tighten the nuts to make sure that the box is well clamped. Now crimp a loop of grounding wire around three-quarters around the grounding screw and tighten the screw.

5: Downrod

Make sure you have the correct size of downrod- slip the wire through the downrod and insert it into the mounting collar of the fan having the motor side right up.

6: Complete the Wiring

Using a wire connector, connect the green ground wire on the bracket to the bare ground wire on the box, and connect the white neutral wire from the motor to the neutral wire in the box. Lastly, also connect the black and blue wires from the motor to the black wire from the box, and neatly fold all these into the box.

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