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How to Install a Ceiling Fan in Your Home

How to Mount a Ceiling Fan in Nine Steps

Keeping your house cool during the warmer months can bring about higher electrical bills if you are constantly running your air conditioning. Of course, if you are tired of spending extra money on power bills during these warmer days, then mounting a few ceiling fans around your house may be the answer you are looking for. When it comes to mounting a ceiling fan, a few steps are needed to make sure it is done correctly. If it is not done well then you may be facing more problems and extra maintenance bills fixing anything from faulty wiring, to poor mounting, or any number of miscellaneous problems. Of course with following close to these nine simple steps, you can mount and wire a ceiling fan to a room all by yourself.

  1. Beginning Prep Work:
    Make sure you turn off the power to this part of the house by flipping the correct switch on your circuit breaker. Afterwards, you will need to remove any light fixture that may already be on the ceiling that you are replacing the fan with, and then mount the fan support. You do this by lining up the two holes to the ceiling box and tightening two screws into the holes.
  2. Fan Assembly:
    Next you will want to assemble the fan by attaching the blades. Generally you will have three holes for screws to attach to the metal brackets. Secure the screws to the bracket and then line the brackets up to the fan itself. The brackets will have two holes for your screws to secure the blades to the fan, and you will do so at this point. (Tip: Each fan is different based on size, color, and design and may have more or less parts required, so always check with your user’s manual for best results.)
  3. The Ceiling Fan Light:
    (If the fan does not have a light, skip down to the next step) The ceiling fan light may be connected with a plug-in connection or a wire that is white and black. You will need to connect the wires by wrapping the exposed areas together, securing it with wire nuts, and putting them away in the housing. Then line up the mounting holes from the light and the ceiling fan and tighten the screws properly.
  4. Install Cover, Support, and Support Pin:
    Simply begin by sliding the cover over the pipe on the top of the fan for now; it will be secured on a later step. Next slide the ceiling fan support over the pipe. This is usually a small plastic piece that will be secured in place and prevent the fan from twisting about. Lastly, you insert the support pin through the hole on top of the pipe, lift the fan support over the support pin, and secure it to the pin in the grooves.
  5. Securing the Ceiling Fan Mount:
    The mount will not be secure until you attach the screws that hold it in place, which prevent the pin from shifting or falling out. A simple screwdriver and screw in the proper hole will secure this fan mount.
  6. Installing the Ground Connection:
    Attach the ground wire by connecting it to a screw on the side of the pipe mount just above the fan mount. Wrap the exposed wire around the screw, or if a connector is on the ground wire, simply thread the screw through the hole and tighten it against the metal.
  7. Hanging the Ceiling Fan:
    The housing for the fan has two slots on the same side. Place these slots over the clips on the fan support housing; this will allow the fan to hang safely while we work on the next step.
  8. Wiring the Fan:
    This section seems to make most people nervous, but with the power off it is simply connecting the colors. Connect the ground wires together (the green wires) and connect the fan connection wire to the only red wire. The neutral wires connect together (the white wires), and the light feed wires go together (the black wires). Make sure to use wire nuts for each of the connected wires for a secure connection and place them around the housing cover to keep them out of sight. Then lift the cover and secure them to the brackets.
  9. Finishing Up:
    Make sure the fan is secured to the ceiling and install the light bulbs to the ceiling fan. Place any remaining aesthetic designs on the fan and turn the power back on to the room. Your ceiling fan should be working properly now that you have followed these simple steps.

Mounting a ceiling fan can be an easy take that will benefit your house in the long run. Of course, having the right equipment, the proper tools, and the time set aside to do this task is extremely important. That is why the professional electricians at AmeriServ can help out with electrical installation, maintenance, and advice on your best options. If you are in need of a professional to get the job done right the first time, then call AmeriServ today and learn what we can do for you.

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