How to Install a Ceiling Fan

Installing a ceiling fan can be intimidating for an inexperienced user but it is not as daunting a process as you may think. If you wish to have someone else do the job for you, ceiling fan installation cost in your area should be researched.

First you will need to determine whether or not the room you will install the ceiling fan in is ready for a ceiling fan or not. If you are replacing an existing fan, you should not need to install any additional components beforehand. If the room in which you are installing the fan simply has a light fixture, a few extra steps will be needed.

You will need to remove the light fixture from the ceiling. In some cases, the hole will need to be enlarged or a new hole may need to be cut, depending on the mount style of the fan. After removing the fixture and expanding the hole if necessary, the electrical box included with the fan will need to be attached to the bottom of the joist. The remainder of the fan will be attached to this, so it must be attached securely. If your fan includes a decorative medallion for the ceiling, it should be mounted now. A metal ceiling plate will need to be attached next and the existing wires will need to be threaded through the hole in the plate so that they can reach the fan motor connections.

At this point you will need to assemble the ceiling fan itself if you have not done so already or if it does not come pre-assembled. Instructions will be included with your fan explaining how to do this. You should not attach the blades or a light kit yet.

Once the fan has been assembled, the wires from the ceiling need to be connected to the wires on the assembly. Wiring a ceiling fan must be done correctly so please consult your user manual to ensure proper matching of wires. Now attach the assembled canopy and fan motor to the metal ceiling plate, ensuring all wires are within the enclosure and not sticking out.

Attachment of the blades and light kit is next, if your fan includes one. The blades should be attached first. After all of the blades have been installed, turn on the fan to check that it is operating smoothly with no shaking. If your blades are not operating smoothly, balancing weights have been included in your fan purchase and can be used to eliminate this problem. You should check the ceiling fan direction. Blades that rotate counter-clockwise are best for hot weather, whereas blades that rotate clockwise are best for cold weather.

If you are installing a ceiling fan with lights, this is your final step. Follow the instructions for attaching the light kit to your fan. If you have light sheaths, these should be installed prior to installing bulbs. If your light kit includes a dome, it should be installed after the bulbs.

If you have lost your manual, Hunter Ceiling Fans provide downloadable copies of how to install a ceiling fan with lights, along with other manuals on their website.


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