How to Install Your New Ceiling Fans?

Ceiling fans are available in several sizes and a huge range of styles, with or without integrated light fixtures. Rooms longer than 18 ft, general require two fans. New fans with an Energy Star rating are typically 20% more energy-efficient than comparable standard models. Control options include pull-chain switches, wall switches with multiple speed settings, and remote control.

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For optimal circulation, install your fan so the blades are seven to nine feet above the floor and 10″ to 12″ below the ceiling.

Here are 7 steps installation guide:

1. Shut off the power to the circuit: at the service panel. Unscrew the existing fixture and carefully pull it away from the ceiling. Do not touch bare wires Wire Pull Tester. Test for power by inserting the probes of a neon circuit tester into the wire connectors on the black and white wires. It the tester lights, return to the service panel and turn off the correct circuit. Disconnect the wire connectors and remove the old fixture.

2. Due to the added weight and vibration of a ceiling fan: you must determine whether the existing electrical box will provide adequate support. If you can access the box from the attic, check to see that it is metal, not plastic, and that it has a heavy-duty cross brace rated for ceiling fans. If the box is not adequately braced, cut a 2 x 4 to fit between the joists and attach it with 3″ screws. Attach a metal electrical box to the brace from below with at least three 1 1/2″ wallboard screws. Attach the fan mounting bracket to the box.

3. Run the wires: from the top of the fan motor through the canopy and then through the rod hanger pipe. Slide the rod hanger pipe through the canopy and attach the pipe to the motor collar using the included hanging pin. Tighten the mounting screws firmly.

4. Hang the motor assembly: by the hook on the mounting bracket. Connect the wires according to manufacturer’s directions using wire connectors to join the fixture wires to the circuit wires in the box. Gather the wires together and tuck them inside the fan canopy. Lift the canopy and attach it to the mounting bracket.

5. Remote control variation: to install a remote control, fit the receiver inside the fan canopy. Follow the manufacturer’s wiring diagram to wire the unit. The receiver has a set of three wires that connects to the corresponding wires from the fan motor and lights, and another set that connects to the two circuit wires from the electrical box.

6. Attach the fan blades: one at a time with the included hardware. Follow the manufacturer’s directions.

7. Connect the wiring: for the fan’s light fixture according to the manufacturer’s directions. Tuck all wires into the switch housing and attach the fixture. Install light bulbs and globes. Restore power and test the fan. If the fan vibrates excessively, check the manufacturer’s documentation to adjust the balance. If the fan doesn’t run at all, turn off the power and check the wiring connections.

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