How To Install Ceiling Fans

Want to install a ceiling fan without resorting to professional help? No worries, for we have covered you with our step-by-step guide on ceiling fan installation.

Do you want to beat the sweat while your air conditioner takes its sweet time to start cooling?

Then installing a ceiling fan is an excellent idea; not only does it give some relief by the time the room cools, but it also maintains good airflow. So, if you have already bought one for yourself and would like to avoid shelling out extra cash to get it installed, we’re here to help.

We have curated a step-by-step guide with all the essential information needed to install a ceiling fan. So, without further ado, let’s get into the details!

How To Install Ceiling Fans

For successfully installing a ceiling fan, you need to consider a few things before getting to work. So, do look into the following factors:

A. Getting Started

1. Gather The Tools

First off, you need to get all the right tools to install the ceiling fan safely and conveniently. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Four-in-one screwdriver
  • Two-foot level
  • Metal hammer
  • Wooden block
  • A pair of pliers (preferable needle-nose)
  • Voltage tester (non-contact)
  • Measuring tape
  • Nut driver
  • Wirecutter or stripper
  • A set of wrenches
  • Fan box assembly
  • Wire connectors
  • Fan brace
  • Switch

2. Measure The Ceiling

Once all the tools are in place, we’ll have to determine if the fan fits the ceiling dimensions and if the ceiling is sloped. Both these factors are crucial because if the size isn’t right or there is a slope, it can threaten your safety.

Hold the two-foot level right below the roof and measure the vertical distance between them using a measuring tape. Now, divide that figure by two to determine the drop per foot of the horizontal run. Using this measurement, you can judge the blade diameter and required downrod length.

3. Assess The Fan Height Requirement

The general manufacturing requirements suggest that the fan blade should be at least seven feet above the floor level. Fan assemblies and motors are primarily foot-long, so they fit nicely in a standard eight-foot ceiling, provided there is proper clearance.

In the case of sloped ceilings, you’ll need to use a downrod, which is commonly called a down tube or an extension tube. These rods lower the motors and prevent the blades from hitting the roof surface.

It is better to leave some space between the fan and ceiling, as the fan will draw in more air, improving the air circulation. Also, the blades will be closer to you, so you’ll be able to feel more air.

Most of the fans come with a short downrod made for standard ceilings. So, if your ceiling is lower, you’ll have to directly flush-mount the fan, removing the downrod altogether.

B. Installation

After considering all the factors mentioned above, you can start installing your ceiling fan. Here’s a step-by-step guide to do it. However, please always consult a licensed electrician before beginning this project.

1. Remove The Old Box And Install The New Fan Brace

To start the installation, turn off the power supply from the main control panel of the house, and pull out the light fixture.

Then, use a hammer and a wooden block to free the existing box from the framing, pulling the cable out of the ceiling hole. Since this cable is also attached to the fan box, be careful while tugging it out.

If you can conveniently remove the old fan junction from the ceiling cavity, take it out. But if you can’t, let it be, as you can use the same one again, provided it’s in working condition.

After removing the fixture, check the current in the wires using a voltage tester to ensure that they are switched off. Here’s one tip for you — loosen or bend back the cable clamps before knocking out the box to pull out the cable.

2. Put In The Ceiling Brace

Fit the brace into the ceiling cavity, place the flat edge of the two-foot level on the ceiling and cover the hole. If your roof is thicker than half an inch, rotate the level and position the rod according to the depth of the box.

After positioning it, rotate the shaft to secure the brace to the frame and snap down the saddle on the shaft to keep it centred over the hole. Doing that will drive the screws into the joints and fit the brace against the ceiling.

3. Install The Fan Mounting Box

Take the new ceiling fan junction box and fit the wire into its cable clamp. Then, clamp the box onto the shaft using a deep-well socket or nut driver after slipping it over the saddle screws.

Don’t forget to corrugate a small loop of the grounding wire around the grounding screw and tighten it.

4. Connect The Hanger Bracket

Position the hanger bracket so that the opening faces the higher side if your roof is sloped. If it is levelled, you can keep the bracket facing straight upwards. Screw it into the junction box with the screws that come with the fan brace.

Moving on, pull the wiring of the fan into the box and mount it on the fan brace, attaching the bracket.

5. Hang The Fan

After picking the right-sized downrod, position the motor with the right side facing upwards, and thread its wire through the rod. Once you’re satisfied with the assembly, insert the rod into the collar.

To fasten it, pass the rod pin through the tube and collar, secure it in place using a cotter pin, and tighten the locknuts.

6. Hanging Ball Preparation

Put the collar and the canopy on the downrod and slide the ball over it. Then, pass the pin through the holes and lift the ball to put the screws into place.

8. Install The Motor

Lower the assembly into place by lifting it above the open side of the bracket hanger. You’ll have to rotate the motor till the ball slot locks with the tab present on the bracket.

9. Wiring The Fan

There are a few things that you should know about the wire colours for connecting the fan. The junction box bare ground wire should be connected to the green wire of the bracket hanger using a wire connector. And join the white motor wire to the neutral box wire.

Lastly, connect the black and blue motor wire to the black hot wire of the box and meticulously fold them together.

10. Attaching The Blades

The last step of the fan installation is attaching the blades by screwing them into the brackets, which are connected to the motor. You can use a screwdriver to tighten the blades while holding them close to the motor.

Time To Cool Down Under Your New Ceiling Fan

Though overwhelming on the face, installing a ceiling fan is not that difficult. If you have the right tools and some DIY skills, you’ll be able to pull off the task in four to five hours.

Remember to always consult a qualified electrician before doing this. For assistance with installing ceiling fans in Sydney, please contact our team. With years of experience, our Sydney electricians can help you choose the right type, location, and size of your new ceiling fan. Let’s talk today!

However, if you feel a little underskilled, you can always seek professional help. We’ll sign off on that note!