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  • How to Install a Ceiling Fan

    Are you thinking of installing a ceiling fan, but not sure how? Have a look at this easy to follow guide, which includes step by step images, and a list of tools you'll need. So, take a look below!

    How to install a ceiling fan

    What Tools Do I Need to Install a Ceiling Fan

    Below is a list of the tools that you will need for a ceiling fan installation:

    • Step ladder
    • Tape measure
    • Screwdriver
    • Circuit tester
    • Wire cutter/stripper

    What Safety Equipment Do I Need to Install a Ceiling Fan?

    Below is a list of the recommended safety equipment that you will need for a ceiling fan fitting:

    • Safety goggles or glasses

    What Materials Do I Need to Wire a Ceiling Fan?

    Below is a list of the materials that you will need to fit a ceiling fan:

    • Ceiling fan
    • Ceiling fan-rated junction box
    • Fan brace
    • Wire
    • Light bulbs

    How to Prepare for a Ceiling Fan Installation

    To prepare for installing a ceiling fan, you should turn off the main power to the home. Test uncapped wiring with a voltage meter to ensure the electricity is completely off before beginning the installation.

    You should check that the current junction box is rated for ceiling fan use. If it isn't, you will need to replace it with a new one.

    You should also check the location of your ceiling joists as you will need them for proper installation.

    How to Wire a Ceiling Fan Yourself

    Below is a step by step guide on fitting a ceiling fan yourself:

    Step 1

    Begin by threading the wires through the fan's mounting bracket. Then, slide the bracket over the junction box's mounting hardware and tighten the screws to fix it in position.

    how to fit a ceiling fan step 1

    Step 2

    If the ceiling height is greater than nine feet, the fan may require a downrod to work efficiently. If you need a downrod, find a flat surface to slip the canopy onto the downrod and run the main wires through it.

    how to fit a ceiling fan step 2

    Then, insert the clevis and cutter pins to the downrod so that it connects to the fan's base. Trim any extra long wires that may not fit easily into the electrical box later.

    Step 3

    Now, attach the hanging ball at the top of the downrod to the ceiling's mounting bracket.

    how to fit a ceiling fan step 3

    Step 4

    When installing your fan, always match up the colour-coded wires and begin making connections. Safely connect the fan to your home's wiring by using the caps supplied with your fan's installation kit.

    how to fit a ceiling fan step 4

    Step 5

    Once you have connected all of the wires, push them up into the junction box. Then, attach the canopy onto the mounting bracket and tighten the screws to secure it in place.

    how to fit a ceiling fan step 5

    Step 6

    With the fan's motor housing now installed, it's time to add the fan blades. Each type of ceiling fan will come with its own set of blades and installation can differ depending on the manufacturer.

    how to fit a ceiling fan step 6

    For the best results, always check the manufacturer's instructions when installing the blades. However, most will slot in place and screw on.

    Step 7

    Once the fan blades are secure, you can then go on to install the lighting if required. Install the light shades first and then screw in the appropriate light bulbs for your particular fan.

    how to fit a ceiling fan step 7

    Step 8

    You can then turn your main power back on and test the fan and light to ensure it is working correctly.

    how to fit a ceiling fan step 8


    Can you install a ceiling fan with light fixtures?
    It is best to install a ceiling fan using a new fixture rather than an existing light fixture as the light fixture may not be able to support the weight and movements of a fan.
    Can ceiling fans be installed in mobile homes?
    Yes, hanging a ceiling fan in a mobile home is pretty much the same as any other home. If you struggle to install the fan on a ceiling joist in a mobile home, you can install a specialised support bar that tucks up into the ceiling to ensure the weight is supported.
    How does a ceiling fan help to save energy?
    A ceiling fan can provide energy savings all year. In the summer, you can save on air conditioning by using the fan, and in the winter you can save on heating costs by using the fan in reverse to circulate the warm air.
    Why is my fan running slowly?
    Your fan may be running slowly due to a faulty capacitor. This usually causes the ceiling fan to run slowly or can even make it stop altogether. The capacitor can be replaced by a qualified electrician, and this should solve the issue.
    Why does the ceiling fan make noise when it is running?
    It is normal for a ceiling fan to make a soft humming sound when it is in motion. This noise is caused by the motor and is completely normal. If your fan seems louder than it should be, this could be because it is unstable, loose, bent, broken, or not mounted correctly. If you are sure that your fan has been installed correctly and you are still experiencing a noise issue, you should contact your manufacturer to determine a solution.


    Last updated by MyJobQuote on 20th April 2021.

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