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.

This article will describe how to replace your old fan or light fixture with a new fan.

Before you begin the installation, you need to make sure you have the correct size fan for your room.

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.

Step 1: Removing the Old Fan.

Start by removing the old fan. Please turn off the breaker, and check that it’s off with a circuit tester.

Step 2: Remove the canopy:

For uninstalling a ceiling fan, at first, you need to remove the canopy. It is located at the top of the downrod and covers all wires. You need to lose all screws to take it off.

Step 3: Remove the wire nut.

Takedown the canopy and then carefully pull off all the wire nuts. You can take a note before removing wire nuts for installing a new fan.

Step 4: Pull the wires apart.

You will notice two wires that have been twisted together as you remove each cap. When you untwist the cap, they usually spring apart, but you may have to pull them apart yourself. One wire comes from the fan, while the other comes from the ceiling, so you need to separate them in order to pull the fan down.

Step 5: Take the fan down.

Now remove the fan from the mounting bracket. The fan will have a ball or something similar that will simply slide off the bracket. While removing the fan, keep a helping hand for support.

Step 6: Assemble 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.

Step 7: Install downrod.

If the ceiling height is higher than nine feet, a Downrod may be required to achieve optimal airflow. Over a flat surface, slip the canopy onto the downrod and run the main wires through it. Then insert the clevis and cotter pins to the downrod so that it connects to the fans base. Go ahead and trim any extra-long cables that may not fit easily into the electrical box.

Step 8: Hook the fan up.

Now attach the hanger ball at the top of the downrod to the mounting bracket on the ceiling.

Step 9: Wiring the fan.

Always match up the color-coded wires when installing your fan, then start connecting. Use the caps included in your fan installation kit to join the new fan to your home’s wiring safely.

The green wire runs to the copper ground wire. The fan’s black wire connects to the home’s black wire and the fan’s white wire to the home’s white or neutral wire. And to power the light kit, look for a blue or striped wire; this will run to your home’s black supply wire.

Push these wires up into the junction box after successfully connect them. Then you can attach the canopy to the mounting bracket and make sure the screws have been tightened enough.

Step 10: Attach blades and lights.

With the fans motor housing installed, you’re ready to add the easy mount fan blades. Some units come with quick install blades that make installation that much easier. Place the keyhole slots over the fans mounting screws. Then pull outward on the blades until they click into place.

With the fan blades secured, you can move on to the lighting assembly. Install the light shades first, then screw in the appropriate light bulbs for your particular fan. After restoring power at the breaker panel, test out your new fan both at the wall switch and using the remote. Now you are done.

Final Verdict:

Ceiling fans are a fantastic addition for almost any space, making it instantly more comfortable and stylish. With some essential tools, you can easily change your existing fan with a new modern fan for better airflow with many advanced features. Always need to ensure proper safety before replacing a ceiling fan. It is best to keep turn off the main circuit breaker if you install it by yourself.

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