How to Install a Ceiling Fan


Another question that has come up from the community is how to install a ceiling fan - Installing a ceiling fan is not very difficult - please take a quick look through the steps outlined below. If you are handy with small tools and have a basic idea of electrical appliances than you can save some money by doing it yourself in a single afternoon.

Here is step by step procedure to help you install a ceiling fan yourself:

Step 1 -- Collect the proper tools and equipment

You should have an adjustable wrench, wire cutter/stripper, pliers, screwdriver, cordless drill, Voltage Tester, electrical tape, dusk mask, safety glasses and most importantly a right-sized ladder.

Step 2 -- Switch off power

Ensure that the electrical power to the circuit is off by turning off the correct breaker. This is the most important safety measure.

Step 3 – Prepare the location

The ceiling fan should be hung so that the blades are at least 7 feet above the floor level and 8 to 10 inches below the ceiling. The blades must have about 18 to 24 inches clearance from the sides of the walls or any other obstruction. Check that the electrical outlet box in the ceiling can bear the load of the fan. If not, you may have to replace the outlet box and maybe install a support brace which can bear the load of the fan.

Step 4 -- Installing the mounting bracket

Install the mounting bracket by fixing it to the outlet box with the screws and washers provided making sure it is fixed securely. Pass the electrical wires through the mounting bracket.

Step 5 – Installing the down rod

Now place the motor of the fan on a level floor and thread the electrical wires through the down rod and immediately fix the down rod on the fan motor mounting collar. Lift the fan motor carefully and fix the down rod to the mounting assembly. Rotate until the fan locks into place.

Step 6 – Connect the wires.

Connect the electrical wires to the electrical connections of the fan as per electrical diagram provided with the fan. Fix the cover box over the mounting assembly.

Step 7 – Fix the fan blades.

Use the provided screws to fix the blades to the fan motor assembly one by one. Ensure that the screws are tight and the blades securely and evenly fixed to the motor assembly.

Step 8 – Control Switch

If the fan is operated from a wall mounted control switch then remove the old switch and install the new switch with speed control into the existing wall panel. If it is a retrofit then the existing wires may be connected to the new switch controller. Some fans have the speed control by a pull chain, in that case, use the wall switch for on and off action and the pull chain for speed control. Newer advanced models may have an electronic remote control option. In this case, the switch may be used for on-off functions only.

Step 9 – Testing the fan

Turn on the breaker and restore electrical power to the circuit. Turn on the switch. The fan should start to rotate. Test speed control and operate it at various speeds. If the fan is making unusual noises, humming excessively or is wobbling then switch is off and corrective measures are to be taken.

Step 10 – Corrective measures

If the fan is wobbling or making noises, it is possible that the fan blades are unbalanced and they need to be balanced correctly. If even after balancing the fan blades, the fan does not run smoothly, then professional help is necessary.


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Finally, it would also be greatly appreciated by the community if you can share your own personal tips of installing your ceiling fan by leaving a comment in the comment box below – So that others in the community can learn also!

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