Fan Installation Primer

As you will learn in this article, installing a ceiling fan is far easier than you might think. Many people want a ceiling fan but dread the prospect of having to go through a tough installation. The truth is that with a little know-how and the proper tools, you can have your new fan up and running in about 30 minutes (or less). Depending on the size of the fan, you may need a little assistance from a friend but that is about it.

The first thing is you need to ensure you have the right size fan for your room. Obviously, this will ensure you have the best air movement during both summer and winter. Remember that size is not just the overall size but also the motor and blades. Now, to get started with the installation, you will need some tools to include any hardware recommended by the manufacturer, keyhole saw, drill, hammer, wire stripper, pliers, screwdriver, and wrench.

Once the fan is out of the box, take a quick inventory to ensure you have everything you need. Then, remove any existing light fixture and set it aside. Now, before you start, make sure the electricity to that area of the house is turned off. The last thing you want is to get a nasty shock. Chances are the outlet will be pre-wired and switched separately for a light and fan combination. The writing is white is neutral and red is hot. You will need to disconnect the wiring. Next, choose the blades and mount the brackets according to the manufacture's instructions. Depending on the slope and height of the ceiling, you will go with a flush mount or down rod.

Make sure the outlet box is securely mounted to the wood structure of the rafters or trusses, which may require a trip to the attic to make sure. Hang the motor assemble on the provided hook, making sure your wiring connections are correct. Then, you would splice the green wire from the fan to the bare copper, which is the ground. Then the white fan wire spliced to the white wire, the black to the black, and the blue from the fan light kit to the red, hot wire. Be sure to test the connections to make sure you have electricity to the fan.

Next, the splice up needs to be tucked into the junction box, securing the mountain plate to the outlet box, using 8/32 fixture screws intended for mounting, which are typically included with the fan. Now, the blades would be mounted, again according to the manufactures instructions. Then you want to make sure all of your screws are tight to avoid a multiple boomerang effect. Remove the cover from the light kit and assemble again, according to the manufacturer's instructions. In most cases, the wires are provided with plug-in connectors. For the next step, connect the wires together and get the light kit installed.

At this point, you can add the bulbs, checking them to make sure you choose ones that have the maximum wattage for your particular fan. The globe or glass fixture is mounted and the pull chains for your fan speed attached. With this, you turn the electricity back on and try the fan to make sure it works. Again, if the fan is large, it may take two to get the job done.