Tips Of Installing A Ceiling Fan

(Last Updated On: April 11, 2017)
Method of Installing ceiling fan
Process of Installing ceiling fan

Installing a ceiling fan in your home can make a huge impact on the temperature of your home. Installing a ceiling fan is the best ways to cool your home instead of other heating and cooling sources. This is because the operating cost of ceiling fan is quite low. In majority of the home, ceiling fan is installed in the middle of the room. This place for fan will allow the easy and smooth flow of air in the entire room. It will take the same amount of power as that of light fixtures. This will also not overload the electrical circuit. However if your ceiling fan is having lights then make sure your circuit has enough capacity to bear the load. If it is not having that much capacity then you must install a new circuit. If you don’t have any central light fixture then you will have to make a place for installing a ceiling fan and then you will have to attach electric power with it. You have to tap into an existing circuit for doing this. For installing a ceiling fan, you will have to collect bucket full of supplies. Here is a list of materials and things you will need for installing a ceiling fan.

  • Ceiling fan installation tools
    Tools for installing ceiling fan


  • Switch
  • Wirenuts
  • Pliers
  • Ceiling fan
  • Speed controller
  • Mounting kit
  • Soft cloth
  • Wire stripper
  • Bonding screw
  • Ladder
  • Wiring system
  • Claw hammer
  • Electricians plier
  • Switch cover
  • Box connector
  • Screw driver
  • Wallboard

After you collect all the materials, start with the process of installing a ceiling fan. Here is a stepwise method for installing a ceiling fan.

  • Cut off the power


Before you start with removing an old fixture or installing any new one, you should make sure to kill the power supply to the light fixture. Turn the circuit off which you are working upon by turning off a circuit breaker or by getting the screws off the fuse. After that, padlock the panel if you are able to do that. When you are using your hands or tools for touching the light fixtures, parts or the wires while the power is still on of that part of the home, then there involves a risk of getting shock or electrocution.

  • Ensure that the power is off

In several cases the power will enter at the light fixture even when the switch is situated in a circuit beyond it. Ensure that the circuit is totally dead before you for touching any wires or terminals. Check this out with a neon tester that too with high voltage.

  • Make space for your ceiling fan

If your ceiling doesn’t have any central light fixture, then snap up the diagonal chalk lines from the opposite corner of the room where you want to install a ceiling fan for finding out its center point. Decide whether the lines are crossing exactly below the ceiling joist or it is crossing from one of the horizontal support of the beams. Cut down a hole which should be large enough for any of the junction box to get slip in. if it is right next to the beam then drill out the holes in its side and attach the screws with the joist. Installing it between the joists is fine. Several times you can install a header through the hole of junction box for nailing it down to each of the joist. If you are not doing this then you will have to open up a big hole and then patch up the hole for closing it again.

  • Picking up the right junction box
Selection right type of Junction box
Choosing Junction box for ceiling fan

The only type of junction box which is proper for installing a ceiling fan and supporting it is the one with metal. Make sure to not to hang the fan with a plastic box. You should be using a 3 inch or 4 inch octagonal unction box based upon the brand, style, electrical code or your ceiling and also the size of your ceiling fan. There are several local codes which do not allow the use of 3 inch boxed. You will have to check whether local codes of your area allow you to do so or not.

  • Make ready for proper mounting

The maximum level of the weight of the ceiling fan which can be supported any outlet box is of 35 pounds. Hence while buying your ceiling fan and installing it make sure that it is not higher than that. If there are fans which have weight more than this they should be supported by the building structure and not by the box. When you are configuring things, ensure that there is good support for the junction box and it is also augmented by the structure of the building at a specific point where it can hold minimum 50 pounds of the weight of an average ceiling fan. Make sure that the mounting is good for taking the vibration hen the fan is running just like a well-balanced fan is creating some sort of vibration whenever it is running.

  • Mount the fan


You will make use of a beam mount whenever you are mounting any fan with a beam ceiling. Make use of one type of horizontal beam and also make another for a sloping or pitched beam. Based upon your ceiling, you might also need an extender for lowering the fan for getting the proper level. Mounting the fan is one of the most essential parts of installing a ceiling fan as not doing this will result in falling of the fan from the ceiling. This can be really very dangerous and hence mount the fan efficiently.

  • Attach blades


The assembling process of fan is different from one brand to another. Ensure to follow up the proper guidelines related with your unit. However keeping aside the instructions of manufacturer, the fan blades of your ceiling fan is less than the length of a screwdriver then it’s advisable to install the blades before you hang your fan to the ceiling.

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