How to remove a ceiling fan

Ceiling fans are a great piece of equipment in any home that helps circulate cool air in the summer and disperse heat in the weather. But if your current ceiling plan isn’t working properly,or it just looks old. Why not replace it? It’s easier than you think.

This step by step guide helps you to remove your old ceiling fan safely and quickly. A ceiling fan can wear out over time; It’s very common. Most of the company provides 10 years of warranty. But it might damage any time.

Let’s take a look.

There are different types of ceiling fans, and they have different components, and the removing process varies slightly. But the concept is almost the same.

Step 1: Disconnect the power source.

Before starting any electrical work, lift the circuit breaker at the electrical box and confirm that the power is off. Make sure the power is off by testing the light switch or remote control. Before disconnecting any wiring, consider using a voltage tester.

You can use a step ladder that makes your job easier. You may also need a helping hand to take down headier components.

Step 2: Remove light bulbs and globes

If you are not using a ceiling fan with a light kit, this step is not for you. But if you have, you just need to remove light bulbs and globes at first. Allow time for the bulbs and adjacent parts to cool down if the fan is recently turned on.

Next, remove the glove using a screwdriver. Hold the globe with one hand and loosen the screw with the screwdriver with the other hand and carefully take it down.

Step 3: Remove light kit

If you do not remove the light kit, you might fall into difficulties reaching the screw that attach the fan to the ceiling; that’s why this is important to remove the light kit.

Make sure witch screws hold the kit with the fan housing. Using a screwdriver, remove the screws. When the screws are removed, you may need assistance to support the light kit. And then disconnect the wire connection that is used for light.

Step 4: Remove fan blades

With the screwdriver, remove the blades on the old ceiling fan and set them aside. You may have a separate switch for the light and the fan, or it may be controlled in two different locations by a three-way switch. It’d be good to make some notes before removing the wire nuts and disconnecting the wires.

Step 5: Remove the metal cover from a downrod fan.

If you have a downrod in your ceiling fan, this step is for you. You need to remove the canopy that hides that conceals the mounting bracket at the ceiling.

If you find a decorative ring, at first, remove it. Using a screwdriver loos the screw that holds the canopy. And then take it down. You may also find (depending on the design) a lower canopy that sets on the fan body.

Step 6: Remove the fan body of a flush mount fan

For a flush mount ceiling fan, this is the next step for you. Now, you have to remove the fan body from the ceiling bracket. Typically, it attaches with a hinge and screws.

Extract the screw first, not hinge. This is for accessing wiring. Hinge helps you to help the fan hanging and then disconnect fan wiring. And then, remove the fan body from the mounting bracket.


After removing the fan body, this is the final step of removing the ceiling fan. Now you need to remove the mounting bracket.

If a new one replaces the old ceiling fan, it should have its own bracket that may not match the old one. Screws fasten most brackets to the electrical box of the ceiling. To remove the screws and detach the bracket, use a screwdriver.

If the old fan is still working, save all your hardware to give it to someone or reusing it.

Final Verdict:

To remove a ceiling fan, you don’t need any advanced tools. So, if you follow the following step, this will not be a hard job. Any time you may need to remove a ceiling fan for replacing your old fan. Make sure you are following the safety rules and wiring correctly.

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