A ceiling fan is not just a functional addition to the room – it looks stylish and increases the aesthetic appeal of the room as well. To know what the proper way to install a ceiling fan is, you must first check that there is a ceiling outlet in the room. If there is one, installing a ceiling fan is as simple as installing any other ceiling fixture. Let’s look at the individual steps closely.
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What you need are a screwdriver, a hammer, a nut driver, a wire stripper and lots of patience. Once you have the right tools and mindset, you can easily complete this job in few hours. We do recommend hiring a professional for all jobs, especially those that involve electricity. If you do not hire a professional, make sure you turn off all electricity sources prior to starting your project.
Check The Current Wires From Previous Fixtures
in most of the cases, you would be replacing an old fixture with a new ceiling fan and old wires can be used to hook up the new fan. You may need new wiring if the new ceiling fan is of a different configuration. So read the instructions’ manual carefully before starting work.
Switch Off The Main Power And Fit The Fan Brace
Ensure you shut down the main power to prevent electrical shocks while you remove the old fixture from the ceiling and prepare for installing the new ceiling fan. Remove any existing metal box or plastic box from the hole and put in the new fan brace in place that you would have received along with the fan. This fan brace will hold the fan in place securely. If you don’t get one along with the fan, you can buy one separately that easily slips through the electrical box and the ceiling hole. You’ll be able to firmly secure the fan brace in place once you read the installation instructions and follow the instructions step by step.
Install The Fan Hanger Bracket
Using your nut driver, tighten the nuts in the new metal box, so the box clamps to the shaft. Pull all the wires through the metal box and then mount the box onto the fan brace and finally attach the fan hanger bracket. The ceiling hole is now ready to hang your fan. Most of the technical work is now complete.
Hang the ceiling fan after assembling it
Read the user manual carefully to attach all the part of the fan in the correct order and configuration and keep it ready for hanging. Once you join all the part of the ceiling fan, the fan can become very heavy so you may need someone to help you lift the fan and put it on the fan hanger bracket. Using the screws you get with the ceiling fan, firmly secure the fan to the hanger bracket. Using a wire connector, connect the relevant wires from the metal box to the ceiling fan and neatly fold any loose wires into the metal box. Check that the ceiling fan is securely sitting on the hanger bracket and that all the wires are well connected and any loose wires are secure too.
Switch On The Main Power Supply And Check Your Installation
You’re now done! It’s time to switch on the power supply and check whether installing the new ceiling fan has worked or not. Check the different speed levels to ensure the fan is working properly. Also check that the fan blades are in the right configuration, that the fan is securely attached to the ceiling bracket and that it is fully safe to use.
We hope that you have enjoyed this article. Again we recommend that for all DIY projects revolving around electricity that you should contact an electrician. If you are in the Denton area, we recommend: http://www.metroelectrician.com
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