Home Lighting and Decor How to Install a Ceiling Fan

Home Lighting and Decor How to Install a Ceiling Fan

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

How to Install a Ceiling Fan

Installing a ceiling fan does not require too much of expertise. Most of the fans are easy to assemble and in many cases reading the instructions that come with the product is sufficient. However, as ceiling fans are movable electric appliances certain amount of extra care is required. Your extra care will ensure your physical safety as well as the safety of the appliance.

The installation starts with choosing where the fan should be installed, which is mostly in the center of the room. An appropriate outlet box is required that is securely attached to the building structure. Electrical boxes used for ceiling lights are not strong enough to hold ceiling fans and you will have to replace it with a one that is fit for hanging ceiling fans. The box must be able to support the weight of the fan. Fans of over 35 pounds in weight must have an additional support independent of the box. The choice of the outlet box will also depend upon whether you are installing the fan on a flat or slanted ceiling structure. Moreover, do not use plastic electric boxes to hang a ceiling fan. Use only metal boxes that have been securely fastened to the structure.

Fans draw almost the same power as a ceiling lighting fixture and there should not be a problem of overloading. However, if the fan you are installing has lights attached to it, the circuit should have the capacity to take on the extra load.

There is an option of whether to assemble the fan first and then hang it or the other way around. If the fan blades are less than a screwdriver length away from the ceiling, fit the blades before hanging.

The motor housing has a hole in the center where you can thread the hanger pipe. A set screw is then tightened to ensure that the pipe remains in place. The wires that exit from the motor housing are then drawn through the pipe. Most of the fans come with a motor hub to conceal the wires exiting from the motor housing. Slip the hub through the hangar rod and tighten the set screw.

Home Lighting and Decor How to Install a Ceiling Fan

Place the motor housing in the foam packing for the motor housing. This will ensure that it remains stable while you fix the blades. Check whether the blades have flanges with holes that can be screwed on to the motor housing or you need to mount flanges to the motor housing first. Use the screws that are supplied along with your fan to secure the blades but make sure that you do not tighten too firmly so as to damage the threading.

Install the hanger bracket on the outlet box. The hangar bracket may be hook type or a half-ball hangar. Secure the mounting bracket to the outlet box with mounting screws and washers. If the fan comes with a J-hook, install the bracket with the J-hook towards the floor. The mounting is now hanged and your hands are free to work with the wiring.

Some fans have a two piece decorative ceiling cover to conceal the hole in the ceiling. This is installed after you have completed the installation at the ceiling. Ensure that the set screw of this too is tightened so that it stays at its place.

A ceiling fan can make a lot of difference to the room temperature. It is also a convenient way to save energy by reducing the use and thus the cost of air conditioning. Once the desired temperature is reached you can set the air conditioning to a low setting. The ceiling fan will circulate cool air in summers and hot air in winters. Ceiling fans have nowadays ceased to be only a utility item. They are also used for decorative purposes and come with wide variety of lighting fixtures attached to them, which can add to the overall decor of the room.

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