Welcome to Sparky TV! This is Patrick from Mister Sparky! Adding a ceiling fan to your home was a great decision! They’re a great way to dramatically lower your energy bills while also adding a bit of style to a room! So, let’s get started!
The easiest place to install a fan is where you have a light fixture. However, if the fan has a light, do a quick load calculation to determine if that circuit can handle the additional pull. If you overload the circuit, it could cause your breakers to trip or your outlets to get hot! Both are potential fire hazards!
After determining your circuit can handle the additional load from your new fixture, here are the 10 steps to installing your ceiling fan.
Step 1: Check for blade clearance.
You’ll need at least seven feet from the ground. And your fan should at least be 12 inches from the ceiling. Most areas require an electrical permit because there is a safety and injury risk with any electrical work.
Step 2: Turn off the power!
Go to your electric panel or box and turn off the electricity to the circuit you’ll be working on. Even then, make sure the power is off with a voltage-tester. Over 1,000 people are killed and thousands more are injured every year when working with their home’s electricity. Please, be careful!
Step 3: Remove the existing light fixture.
Unscrew, disconnect, and lower the existing fixture. Also, remove the old electrical box and cut a new hole for your fan. Make your cuts carefully, because repairing a ceiling can be an even bigger repair! And because you’re doing this all on a ladder, take your time. Ladder accidents are one of the most common reasons for Emergency Room visits.
Step 4: Attach your new electrical box.
Feed the electrical cable through the new hole, set the box tightly against the underside of the joist, and screw the box into place. If not secured tightly, your fan can wobble! That wobble will put stress on the fan and eventually could cause it to fall. And finally, wrap the cable’s copper wire around the grounding screw inside the box.
Step 5: Glue on your ceiling medallion.
Put adhesive on your ceiling medallion, pass the wires through it, and then set your medallion in place. You’ll also need to fasten nails to act as reinforcement!
Step 6: Mount your ceiling plate.
Pull the wires through the center of the fan’s metal ceiling plate, and attach the plate to the box with included screws.
Step 7: Assemble your fan.
Feed the wires from the fan’s motor though the canopy; then, set the canopy on top of the motor. Next, pass the wires through the down-rod pipe, and insert the pipe into the top of the motor. Finally tighten the screw on the side of the pipe. Please, be on solid ground when doing this step!
Step 8: Connect the wires.
Attach one side of the canopy to the ceiling plate. Next, join the two green wires to the bare copper wire coming from the cable. Then, join the two white wires followed by the two black wires using wire nuts or pad-lock wire connectors. Finish by putting the fan flush against the medallion and securing it with the supplied screws.
Step 9: Attach the blades and lights.
Secure each fan blade to its bracket and the brackets to the motor. Next, plug the fan’s light-fixture housing into the wire from the fan’s motor. Then, add the shades and light bulbs. And then your last step…
Step 10: Turn your power back on!
When you do, if you notice any lights flickering, arcing, popping, or any other noise, you may have a potential fire hazard. It’s important to shut your power off immediately and call a licensed electrician.
Those are my 10 steps to installing a ceiling fan! Before beginning this project at your home, please, take time to read the manufacturer’s instructions—not all fixtures are the same. Now, please note, I showed you how to do this with an existing light fixture. If you’re hanging a fan where no electric is in place, this is a much more complicated project. If you encounter any troubles, we’re standing by to help. Give us a call.
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