If you’re planning to add a ceiling fan, or need to replace an existing light fixture with one, there are a few things that need to be taken into consideration. The first is determining where to install the fan. Ideally, the tip of the blade should be at least 30 inches from walls or any obstructions. The second is figuring out how you’ll supply power to the fan. In many cases, this will require new wiring, which is expensive and can be dangerous if not done correctly. Depending on where you live, it may be best to hire a licensed electrician to do the work for you. Choosing the right size fan is also important. A fan should be sized to the room, and there are plenty of McCoy’s experts who can help you find a model that will fit your space perfectly.
Before you start working on your Ceiling Fan Installation, make sure the room is clear of any obstacles that could pose a threat to your safety while up on ladder. This is especially true if you’re replacing an existing light fixture, and it’s even more important if you’re installing a fan from scratch. Once the area is clear, prepare a ladder that’s tall enough to work in, and ensure you have all the tools and supplies you need. Before starting, it’s a good idea to turn off the power to your ceiling junction box at the electrical service panel. This will prevent accidental re-engagement of the electricity and keep you safe while working on the project.
Typically, your light fixture will have a junction box on the ceiling, and it’s likely that it will be rated for fan use. However, if you’re unsure whether your box is rated for this or not, it’s best to consult with an electrician to be on the safe side.
After removing your old fixture, you’ll want to prepare the electrical box for the fan. This will include ensuring the wires are grouped together and secure in place using wire caps or connectors. Generally, your wires will be connected in pairs with the same color, and you’ll need to connect them to each other and to the fan motor according to manufacturer instructions.
Once the wires are connected to the motor, you can finish up by putting the ceiling plate or fan bracket on top of the junction box. This will cover the connection to the ceiling and hide it from view. Lastly, if you plan to hang your fan with a downrod, screw in the hanging hook.
With the electrical and mounting work finished, you’re now ready to mount your new fan. The first thing to do is slide the mounting bracket onto the ball and shaft of your fan, and then fasten it in place with a couple screws. After that, you’ll need to pass the wires through the fan canopy, which will cover and hide them in the ceiling (Image 2). Finally, you can affix the fan to the ceiling by screwing the mounting bracket into the junction box.