Useful Tips to INSTALL or REPLACE the Ceiling Fan

A ceiling fan looks stylish and functional also adds an extra décor to your room.  Ceiling fans are heavy to fix so they require some additional support. When you choose the fan make sure that it is convenient for your room. The larger the room, the bigger the fan, so take an exact measurement to fit the longest wall in the room.

If you are planning to install the ceiling fan that already has an existing outlet then it is same as wiring any ceiling fixture. If the room doesn’t have the overhead box, then install the electrical box and fix the wires through the walls and across the ceiling.

To install and replace the ceiling fixture follow these tips:

Turn off the power at the fuse or circuit panel:

When you fix the ceiling fan first thing to consider is where you will be getting power. Because you may find a lot of pairs of wires in the ceiling box, so some may be wired to the circuits other than the one you are using. It is a good idea to use a voltage tester just to check the screw terminals on the side of the switch. Make sure that they are not electrically charged if you are sure then gently push the switch and wire out of the box. If the wires are mounted to the back of the switch then push the screwdriver into the rectangular slots next to the wire holes.

Install the Fan Mounting Bracket:

Most of the ceiling fans come with a mounting bracket if your fan doesn’t have this feature then buy the separate mounting kit. Gently attach this bracket to the ceiling box to get more stability. The bracket is designed with a circular receptacle for a ball mounted which is installed on the fan motor or to the extension rod. Choose the fan with corrosion-resistant stainless steel or by plastic parts to stand up to high condensation and humidity. If you use the extension rod to suspend the fan, then you can temporarily tape the ends of your fan motor and just pull the wiring through the rod. This can reduce the heat when you use it for a long time.

Remove the wires from the existing ceiling box:

While installing the ceiling fan gently loosen the cable clamp which secures the incoming cable to the box. Replacing the room’s ceiling fixture with a ceiling fan includes its own lighting process, first turn off the electricity at the home’s main panel to the circuit that powers the light and its switch. Use a circuit tester to ensure whether it is in on mode or off mode.

To replace the existing fan, just disconnect the wires and remove the central mounting nut and the screws that hold the old fixture. Because normally fans can weigh up to 50 pounds, so you must choose the right spot to hang your ceiling fan. Turn off the power to the existing fan or light at the main fuse or circuit box also use the circuit tester to check whether the power is on or off.

Install the adjustable hanger bar and ceiling box:

You can install the hanger bars by pushing them into the hole where the old ceiling fan is left by the electrical box. If you have the hanger bar completely within the hole then it is easy to rotate the blades perpendicularly or straightly to the ceiling joists. The bar slightly expands until it gets engaged to the ceiling; the ceiling fans are very heavy so they require adequate support.

The ends of the hanger bars are attached and equipped with sharp steel pins which can dig into the wood joists when the bar is stretched. It is also possible to attach the special ceiling box to the hanger bar and lock it in a secure place to provide a good and safe base for the fan.


Some fans have a smart electronics so you can easily control various functions by the single switch for offering convenience to the users. Before you fix the new ceiling for your unit, recheck the existing switch wiring with a tester to ensure that the power is off.

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