How to Install a Ceiling Fan

Ceiling fans can accentuate your style and save you money all year round. If you are curious you can find out how ceiling install ceiling fanfans save you money or if you need help selecting the best one you can read our ceiling fan buying guide. Of course after you have bought your perfect fan you will have to install it. Don’t worry we can walk your through this too.

Preparation

The first thing you need to do is find your ceiling joists or other support. Measure to make sure the clearance between the fan blades and the floor will be at least 7 feet. Also note that many ceiling fans are heavy and may weight forty pounds or more. Be sure that you can lift them or recruit someone to help you. Most importantly, make sure you have an existing junction box to connect your new ceiling fan to. If not you may have to hire an electrician to add the needed electrical components. Finally, make sure you know how to turn your electricity off to the circuit you will be installing the ceiling fan will be on.

Unpacking and Assembly

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Assembly will vary depending on the model of your ceiling fan. Follow the instructions that come with your fan to complete the assembly. The directions for assembly will be for general purpose assembly. If you feel you can properly assemble your fan with just the instructions that it came with you can skip to the next section.

  • After removing the components from the box, locate the bundle of wires, usually at the top of the motor and separate them.
  • You will need to push the wires through the hanger ball and down rod if you have one. You can let the downrod rest on top of the motor coupling.
  • There will be a set screw on top of the motor coupling. Loosen this screw enough to install the downrod in it. Be sure to tighten the screw until it is secure. If this screw is loose your fan may wobble.ceiling fan installation
  • You will need to secure a flange to each blade using the grommets and screws included. Do this for each fan blade.
  • Attach the blade assemblies/arms to the motor hub using the provided screws. Do not tighten the screws all the way until you have all the blade assemblies attached. At that time you can tighten the screws fully.

Installing Your Ceiling Fan

Before you move further be sure that the electricity is turned off. If you do not verify that the power is off you could be electrocuted.

  • After you have verified that the electricity is off, attach the mounting bracket to the outlet box. Be sure that it is secure and then pull the wires through the center hole.
  • Get assistance if you are not confident in your ability to lift the ceiling fan. Gently life the ceiling fan and set the hanger ball with downrod into the hanger bracket. That is now attached to the outlet box.
  • Make absolutely certain that the groove in the ball is lined up with the tab on the mounting bracket. Be sure not to pinch the wires between the hanger ball/down rod and the hanger bracket. If this step is not carefully followed it could result in electric shock or fire hazards.

Next you will connect the wiring to the fan. If you are not comfortable with this hire a licensed electrician. Also note that fans with light fixtures will require additional steps. To install a fan with a light fixture, refer to the owners manual for guidance.

  • Be sure the electricity is turned off. You are not beginning the steps that could result in an electric shock if the power is not turned off.
  • Find the green grounding wire from the ceiling fan and the green grounding wire from the mounting bracket to the grounding conductor supply. The grounding conductor supply may be a bare wire or a green wire. Connect the wires with wires the wire connector that was included.
  • Connect the white wire from the fan motor to the to the supply white(neutral) wire using the wire connector included.
  • Connect the black motor wire to the first hot wire and secure with an included wire connector.
  • Connect the blue motor wire to the second hot wire and secure with an included wire connector.
  • After all the wire connectors are secure, turn the leads up and gently push leads into the outlet box. Put white and green leads on one side of the outlet box and the black and blue leads on the other side.
  • You can now screw on the fan blades.

Attaching the Canopyceiling fan canopy installation

  • Align the tabs or screws on the mounting bracket with the slots in the canopy. Turn the canopy clockwise to lock the screws or tabs in the mounting bracket with the canopy.
  • Place each screw in the canopy, but do not tighten completely until after you have secured each one.

Test Your New Ceiling Fan

  • Turn your power back on.
  • Use your pull chain to test if the fan is working correctly. Test it on all speeds especially high to ensure it does not wobble or produce unusual noises.
  • If your fan wobbles check out our guide on how to balance a ceiling fan or our ceiling fan troubleshooting guide.
  • If the ceiling fan works fine, lay back and relax in your more comfortable room.

Hopefully, this guide has helped you install your new ceiling fan and starting enjoying the breeze it produces.

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