Archive for October, 2011

Installing a Ceiling Fan

October 14, 2011

Experienced aeronautics professional Krishna Ajvalia has worked in a wide range of positions throughout the industry. In his spare time, Mr. Ajvalia enjoys music, sports, and a variety of home improvement projects. Below, he offers some tips on installing a ceiling fan.

Installing a ceiling fan is a relatively simple task. One way to go about it is to replace an existing light fixture with a ceiling fan. This is an excellent approach in a room where you do not have access to an attic space above, as it eliminates the need to run new wiring to power the fan.

The electrical box already installed for your light does not have the strength to hold the much heavier fan securely, so you will need to replace it with one designed for a ceiling fan. You must either use a specially designed hanger and box to secure the fan between joists in your ceiling or install a fan-rated “pancake” box by screwing it directly into a ceiling joist. This foundation will hold the fan’s weight and ensure that its movement does not cause it to fall.

To begin installing the fan itself, first make sure you have switched off the breakers to turn off the electricity to the circuit. Remove the old light fixture. Then remove the light box and cut a hole large enough to install your fan box with a drywall saw. Attach the new box, feeding the wires through the appropriate slots. Once you have grounded the fixture, attach a ceiling medallion to cover the hole and box, and mount the ceiling plate to the box over the medallion. Attach the ceiling fan canopy to the wires and fan plate, connecting each wire to the corresponding one of the same color. If you are unsure which wires to connect, consult with an electrician. Finally, attach the fan’s blades and lights, including shades and light bulbs if your fan has them.