Installing ceiling fans
Removing the old ceiling fan or light fixture
First thing you want to do is turn off the power supply to the old ceiling fan or light fixture. You can do this by going to the circuit breaker and locating the correct breaker and shutting it off. As an extra precaution you can place a piece of tape over the breaker to keep it in the off position then close the door to the breaker panel. You can also put a sticky note or just tape a piece of paper on the door warning people for example (DO NOT TOUCH !).
If you are replacing an old ceiling fan start by removing the old fan blades as this makes it easier to work with.
Next you want to remove the canopy case that is covering the wires. You do this by locating the small screws on the sides of the case near the ceiling and removing them.
Once you have access to the wires I recommend you use a voltage tester to make sure the power is truly off. You can buy a voltage tester for about $15. bucks at your local hardware store and there really easy to use.
Click here to learn (How to use a Voltage Tester)
Once you have determined that there is no power going to any of the wires you can begin to take them apart. A basic ceiling fan or basic light fixture usually has three wires.
A black wire which is your hot wire a white wire which is your neutral wire and the third wire which will be either a bare copper wire or a green wire this is your ground wire. These wires are usually held together by either wire nuts or black electrical tape or in some cases both.
Once you have taken the wires apart you can remove the old ceiling fan or light fixture. Most ceiling fans have two screws that secure it to the hanger bracket and once you remove these screws in most cases the ceiling fan is on a hook that prevents it from falling this hook is also used to make it easier to work on the ceiling fan when you are installing it. Just lift the fan off the hook and remove it then remove the hanger bracket.
Congratulations you just learned how to remove a ceiling fan and a light fixture ! This will make it easy when installing ceiling fans.
Now your ready to learn how to install a ceiling fan
Install the new hanger bracket.
Hang the fan motor on the the hook on the new hanger bracket
When installing ceiling fans connect the wires according to the directions that came with the fan. Make sure to ground the fan with the ground wires, which will either be green or bare copper. Usually all the wires are color coded so black goes with black white goes with white and ground goes to ground.
Secure the fan to the bracket with the two screws provided.
Lift the canopy cover and install the two screws in the sides of the case. Raise the trim piece and twist it into place.
Assemble the fan blades pretty much the same way you removed the old ones.
Congratulations you just learned how to install a ceiling fan !
Step 8 – (optional)
Program remote control if desired.
Use this image as a reference to where the pieces go.
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