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Installing a Ceiling Fan

July 5, 2010 at 5:25 pm | Category: Remodeling Contractor



Step 1
Pick the ceiling fan for the job

Step 2
Make sure that power is shut off at the main electrical box for the fixture that you intend to work on. This can be tested by flipping the wall switch or using a circuit tester on the light fixture itself.
Step 3
Remove the mounting bolts and take down the old light fixture. (Make the fixture easier and safer to handle by first removing all light bulbs, glass globes or glass covers.)
Step 4
Disconnect the electrical wires. In most cases there will only be two (power – usually black or blue in color, and neutral – usually white in color), sometimes three ( black and white, plus a ground wire – (usually green in color or a bare copper wire).
Step 5
Keep the wire nuts you’ll find holding the wires together – they can be reused
Step 6
Inspect the electrical box once the old fixture is out of the way. Make sure it is firmly anchored to a rafter or other structural support of the ceiling. The fan is fairly heavy and needs a strong mounting point.
Mount the Fan

Step 1
Attach the mounting bracket to the electrical box. Make sure that the screws are good and tight – loose attachments anywhere other than where specified by the manufacturer can allow the fan to wobble and cause excess noise or wear.
Step 2
Use the “working hook” that is usually provided on the mounting bracket to hang the fan on while you hook up the wiring.
Step 3
Attach the wires by following the standard color coding system: white to white, black or blue to black or blue, green or bare copper). The ground wire for the house circuit will usually be attached directly to the junction box. Loosen the screw, wrap the ground wire around and then tighten the screw to hold the ground wires. Cover the power connections (black and white wires) with a securely screwed-on wire nut.
Step 4
Keep all extra wiring out of the way by pushing it up into the electrical box.
Step 5
Attach the fan motor to the mounting bracket with the provided screws. Turn the power back on and make sure the connections are good – remember to have both the wall switch and the pull-cord switch on the fan in the “On” position
Step 6
Turn off the power and put on the decorative motor cover – it’s frustrating to realize after you have mounted the fan blades that you forgot to put the cover on.
Step 7
Attach each fan blade to its mounting bracket.
Step 8
Start mounting the blade/bracket assemblies to the fan motor. This can sometimes be an awkward job needing three or four hands if the blades are large – so calling in a favor from a friend is a big help on this.
Step 9
Turn the power back on; test the fan again. Look for wobbling or excessive noise that can usually be corrected by pushing the unit gently until it hangs level. Some of the larger or more expensive fans come with a balancing kit that uses small weights to even out the rotation.


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