How to Replace a Ceiling Fan

How to Replace a Ceiling Fan


Ceiling fans are a great way to keep your
home comfortable year round. They keep you cool in the summer, and they’re also helpful
in the winter. By reversing the fan rotation they move warm air around the room, saving
you money on your heating bill. We’ll show you how to replace your old fan
or light fixture with a new fan. Before you begin installation, you need to
make sure you have the right size fan for your room. You can use our handy buying guide
for help. A good rule of thumb is to make sure the blades
are at least 30-inches from the walls, and 7-feet above the floor.
Here are some recommendations: For small rooms of about 75 square feet, get
a 29- to 36-inch fan blade diameter; For rooms 76 to 144 square feet, go with a
36- to 42-inch fan; For 144 to 225 square feet, try a 44-inch
fan; And for 225 to 400, use a 50- to 54-inch fan. Also, if you intend to control your fan with
a wall switch, check the package to make sure you have the right switch. Some fans only
work with preset multi-speed switches. As always, follow your owner’s manual for
specific steps and check any applicable building codes. Start by removing the old fan. Turn off the
breaker, and check that it’s off with a circuit tester. Take out the lights and remove the
old fan. Once you have the old fixture out, you’ll
need to double check that your electrical box is marked “ACCEPTABLE FOR CEILING FANS.”
Fans need strong support, so in most cases plastic boxes will not work. And boxes that
aren’t secured to a joist won’t work either. Your best option is to install an expandable
bracket. Just insert in the hole, and turn arms until they grab onto the joists.
One more thing about boxes. The box itself MUST be grounded, or you must have a ground
wire in the ceiling. If you’re unfamiliar with any of this, contact
our Installation Services for help. When that’s squared away you can install the
new fan. First attach the mounting bracket to the electrical box.
Then assemble the fan—attach the downrod and canopy cover to the motor assembly.
Cut the wires back to about 8-inches beyond the rod, then strip about ½-inch of insulation. When you have it put together, it’s time to
hang the fan. Have someone hold the assembly while you attach it. Some fans have a hook
to hold it while you work. For downrods, lock the hanger ball onto the mounting bracket.
If your fan has a remote, insert the receiver. Now connect the ground, neutral, and live
wires following the manufacturer’s diagram. If your box is grounded, you can connect the
ground wire to the grounded screw. Then push the wires back up to the box.
Lock the canopy in place, and secure the screws. Blades are next. Attach them onto the blade
bracket, and install on the motor. On to the light kit.
Assemble the switch-housing cap to the threaded rod on the light kit and secure with the nut.
Then connect the plugs from the housing to the light kit, and attach the kit to the switch
housing with the screws. Next, install the bulbs.
Now remove the finial and end cap, nut and washer. Position the bowl, and replace the
hardware. To finish, attach the pull chains and pop
the battery into the remote. Hit the power and the install is done. Want more great ideas and how-to’s? Just click
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59 thoughts on “How to Replace a Ceiling Fan

  1. can you say totally unsafe install?
    non contact Tester kills people that don't test on,a known,circuit.
    separate grounds,for feed wire and box
    no where did they show the ball has a keyway..
    ladder was probably aluminum lol

  2. Followed these instructions to the letter and my fan did not turn on… oh right, I should probably turn the breaker back on! On the serious, tho, great instructions, helped me DIY the master bedroom fan with minimal fuss, thank you!

  3. I know installs depend on a lot of factors, but is replacing a fan really this easy? I need to replace 2 in my home. I can't really afford to pay someone. But don't want to cause a short and set my house on fire either.

  4. This was like sitting in calculus class, where the instructor would skip steps with a casual "from here it is intuitively obvious." This is little help to a rookie doing it for the first time . . . next time spend the time to explain the entire procedure. Too much detail is far better than not enough.

  5. Can you do a video of installing a "52 Harbor Breeze Springfield" Ceiling Fan Please! With a cherry on top?

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