Getting your ceiling fan installed by yourself is in itself a great way of saving up on your utility bills and not having to pay so much for such a simple task. It only requires a few minutes or hours of your time depending on how fast you are, but the results are imminent. However, you need to be a little careful while doing this to avoid injuring yourself. So, with this in mind, you may want to know just how you can go about this whole process. Worry not because the main reason why I decided to have this written was to answer that for you. Read on.
Guide on how to install a ceiling fan stepwise.
Safety rules and precautions.
- Necessary tools.
- Determination of the location of the ceiling fan.
- Uninstallation of the existing ceiling fan/ light fixture.
- Installation of the fan with a down rod.
- Installation of a ceiling fan with brace box.
- Wiring ceiling fan controls.
Safety rules during installation.
Before you embark on the installation process, it is important that you keep the following in mind for your safety;
- Before you start, switch the power off at the circuit breaking box.
- Remove any obstacles at the point of installation.
- Choose the outlet box labelled ‘Acceptable for the support of the fan’.
- Verify compliance of the electrical connections with your local codes or ordinances.
- For additional safety measures and precautions, ensure you read and fully understand the instructions from the manufacturer.
Necessary tools for the installation process.
You need the right tools’ set to enable you to carry on with the ceiling fan installation process. The ten basic tools you need to have are;
- Adjustable wrench: You this wrench in order to fasten any bolts or support brace.
- Test light: This is necessary when it comes to the detection of electrical current in the fixture. This is just to make sure that no electricity is running in the ground and hot wires.
- Cordless drill: For use in drilling holes for the installation of the utility box.
- Strippers: To be used in cutting wires.
- Pliers: For use in fastening screws and locking nuts in down rod assembly.
- Ladder: To enable you to reach the desired height.
- Dusk Mask: To shield you from inhaling dust during the whole process.
- Screwdrivers: For use when driving screws.
- Tape: An insulating tape is needed to secure wires and other conductors.
- Safety glasses to protect your eyes.
For efficient performance of the fan, it must be hung at least 8 feet from the floor with the blades being at least 7 feet from the floor and 10 inches below the top. The blades should also be 20 inches from doors or windows. The location should also not be damaged or with cracks.
Uninstalling an existing fan.
Carefully remove screws with a screwdriver. Remove the electrical box through the ceiling opening and any dirt.
Installing a fan with a down rod.
Secure the mounting bracket to an outlet box and feed wires through the openings in the mounting bracket, then remove shipping blocks from the motor. Finally, assemble the motor housing.
Wiring and results.
Use the manufacturer’s instruction on how well to do the wiring, then sit back and enjoy the cool breeze from the fan.