A ceiling fan can do more than cool your home — so it’s crucial to handle removal and installation properly. Here’s how the pros do it.
Installing a ceiling fan in your home is a clever, low-cost upgrade. It can cool a room or better regulate heat (those who heat with wood stoves will find that heat distribution is much more efficient with a fan!). It can provide a helpful additional lighting option; some fans also include light fixtures. Finally, it can spruce up the aesthetics of your living space.
Contractors and technicians, such as HVAC professionals, are happy to perform this work for you. If you’re unsure about how to safely install a ceiling fan, contact your local HVAC pros and schedule an estimate. But if you feel confident in your ability to “DIY” remove an old fan or install a new one, read on for everything you need to know about safety procedures and protocol.
Procedure & Safety Considerations For Ceiling Fan Removal & Installation
Remember: This is only a smart upgrade if you stay safe throughout the process. Marry the nuts and bolts of the work with safety protocol, and now you’re thinking like a contractor! Here’s what you need to do before, during, and after ceiling fan installation.
Prepare The Space
Have you measured your room? It’s important that your new fan complements the dimensions of the room. If you are first removing an old fan, dust the blades with the help of a ladder. This will stop dust from flying throughout the air and landing on your furniture as you remove the old fan. Don’t forget to move any furniture or art pieces that are nearby or underneath the area in which you’ll be working.
Get the Right Electrical Box
An electrical box that’s too small or light for a heavy ceiling fan just won’t work. Be sure that the existing electrical box can handle the load.
Cut Off The Power
Before you begin any work, you’ll need to turn off the power supply. Take a trip to your circuit breaker or breaker box and turn it to the off position. It is also a good idea to tell any other people in your home that you’ll be working on this project; ask them not to turn on the power until you are completed.
Use A Secure Ladder
This one may seem obvious, but we’ve heard far too many stories about folks standing on chairs, stools, or end tables to perform this work. Not only is it bad for your furniture, it’s downright dangerous. Use a secure step ladder to safely reach the area in which you’ll be working.
Attach Or Mount The Junction Box
The junction box is the “meeting spot” for all of the wires involved in the project. It provides a safe, singular place for electricity to be conducted. Your ceiling fan needs a stable junction box to support its weight.
Attach The Bracket
The bracket is attached to the junction box, and is what keeps the actual fan securely in place. As you put the bracket in place, be sure to thread the wires through the junction box and the center of the bracket. A slide-on bracket with mounting screws is the easiest option for DIY ceiling fan installation. Your bracket will have manufacturer’s instructions for specific requirements — be sure to follow them.
Attach The Downrod
The downrod is the pole that holds the blades. Be sure that the angle is correct, and that the length of the pole makes sense for the space you are in (a very long downrod won’t work in a room with low ceilings).
Connect And Attach The Wires
Here’s where you’ll link the fan’s wires to your home’s wires. This part can be tricky for homeowners, so don’t hesitate to contact an electrician or electrical contractor if you need help. Be sure that corresponding colors match up, and are threaded through the fan entirely.
Attach The Ceiling Fan Blades (And Bulb)
Each fan blade will require an individual bracket to secure it to the unit. Be sure that they’re all screwed on tightly and completely. However, your fan may have a “quick install” feature, which allows you to slide the blades in and lock them into place. Be certain that the blades are properly secured before proceeding. If your fan also has a light fixture or bulb, attach that after you’ve added the blades, to avoid breakage or damages.
Turn On The Power And Test
Once you have completed all of these steps, the fan should be safely in place. Turn the power back on and test the fan. If further troubleshooting is required, be sure to turn off the breaker box before working.
Do you need help installing a ceiling fan in your home? Do you have questions about how to cool and heat your home efficiently with expert HVAC? Give the friendly professionals at Blanton’s a call — we’re here for you, all year long.
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