How to Install a Ceiling Fan: Tips from a Residential Electrician in New Milford, CT

October 20, 2017 Published by Leave your thoughts

Ceiling fans are outstanding ways to keep your home comfortable all throughout the year, as they do not consume much energy but provide plenty of air circulation.

Before you install a ceiling fan, you need to make sure that it fits your room. Rooms of 75 square feet (or thereabouts) need a fan that has a 29- to 36-inch blade diameter. Rooms between 76 and 144 square feet need fan blade diameters of 36 to 42 inches. Rooms that are 225 to 400 square feet require fan blade diameters of 50 to 54 inches.

Once you have purchased the correct size fan and have gathered all the tools you’ll need (ladder, wire cutters/strippers, circuit tester/voltage detector, etc.), you can begin the installation process. Here is a quick overview of that process, from a skilled residential electrician in New Milford CT:

  • Prepare the installation site: Turn off power to the area, and verify the power is off with a circuit tester. All switches should be in the OFF position. If there are separate switches for the fan and light, make sure you label the wires so you remember which wire goes to which switch. Then you can disconnect the wires and remove the fixture carefully. Once you have ensured the electrical box in the ceiling is capable of being used with ceiling fans, you can proceed. Otherwise, you may need to install a new electrical box.
  • Install the mounting bracket: Your fan should come with a mounting bracket/ceiling plate. Secure this part to the electrical box, carefully following the instructions provided by the manufacturer. You will feed the electrical wires from the ceiling box through the whole in the center of the mounting bracket.
  • Install the ceiling fan: If the fan has a downrod, you will push those wires through the canopy trim ring, canopy and downrod, and then run those wires on one side of the pin in the ball of the downrod. Then you can insert the downrod into the collar yoke on the motor and secure it to the assembly. If the fan is flush-mount, you will thread the wires from the motor through the housing on top, the trim ring and canopy, then attach it all to the motor assembly. If needed, you can then trim the fan wires.
  • Connect the wiring: Use a circuit tester to ensure the power is off. Next, use a set of wire connectors to join the wires according to the instructions that came with the fan. There should not be any bare wire or filaments visible outside the wire connector after you connect the wires, except for the bare or green ground wire. Once you have completed the wiring, tuck the wires up into the electrical box, keeping those green and white wires on one side of the box and the black on the other side. Then you will be able to attach the canopy onto the mounting bracket and install the trim ring, if applicable.
  • Attach the blades: Decide which way you want the blades to face (if they are reversible) and then mount them to the blade brackets. Each blade assembly can then be individually attached to the fan.
  • Install the lighting: Once you have verified the power is off, feed the wires from the light kit through the cover plate hole, and screw the plate tightly to the light kit so it does not vibrate or come loose. Find the wires inside the switch housing labeled for the light kit, and connect them to the light kit wires according to the instructions. Once you have completed this, you can push the wires back inside the housing and attach the light kit to the switch housing. Put on the light globe or bowl, and you are all done!

For more information about installing ceiling fans, contact a trusted residential electrician in New Milford, CT.

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