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Improve Home-Energy Efficiency With a Ceiling Fan

Save money and energy with these step-by-step instructions on how to install a ceiling fan.

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  • Time

    Under Half Day

  • Price Range

    $100 - $250

  • Difficulty

    Easy to Moderate


Step 1: Turn Off the Power and Remove the Fixture

Before beginning the installation, make sure the power to the receptacle is turned off at the main switch box. Consider using a voltage tester to ensure that the power is off.

Remove the existing fixture (Image 1).

Once the fixture has been lowered out of the way, you may want to take the extra precaution of using a voltage tester (Image 2) to confirm that the power has been turned off to the receptacle.

Step 2: Install the Ceiling-Fan Bracket

Remove the old light bracket, and replace it with the new ceiling-fan bracket (Image 1).

In our demonstration, we installed a fan that uses a receiving unit (Image 2) for an optional remote control. The remote eliminates the need to have pull-chains hanging from the fixture and incorporates a dimmer feature. Install the wireless radio receiver into the switch housing so that it can be connected into the existing wiring (Image 3) according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Step 3: Assemble the Parts

Assemble the fan body, canopy and the support rod assembly (Image 1). The down-rod attaches to the motor, and sets in place using secure pins and set screws.

Lift the assembly over the open side of the bracket (Image 2) and set it in place.

Step 4: Wire the Fan to the Receiver

Make the electrical connections, wiring the fan to the receiver (Image 1). If you're not comfortable doing electrical wiring, don't hesitate to call in an electrician to help you with this.

Raise the canopy up to the ceiling to cover the receiver and wires (Image 2) and fasten it with screws.

Step 5: Mount the Blades

Assemble the blades and blade carriers. The blades simply attach to their brackets with screws (Image 1).

Mount the blades to the bottom of the motor (Image 2).

Step 6: Install the Lights and Test the Fan

Install the light fixture to the switch housing (Image 1). The manufacturer of the fan will provide specific instructions for the electrical wiring.

Finally, lift the light fixture into place, and secure it to the motor assembly.

Install the decorative light shades and bulbs (Image 2). Turn the power back on, and test your fan's operation.

Operating Tip: Locate the "reverse" switch on the fan housing, which will be used to reverse the direction of the fan to help disperse warmer air during winter months.

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