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How To Replace Your Ceiling Fan

Ceiling fans in your home serve several purposes, including pushing heat down from the ceiling during the wintertime, cooling the room during the summer and enhancing your overall decor. If you have an old ceiling fan that's on its last legs, it's a good idea to replace it with a newer, more efficient unit. Replacing a ceiling fan is much easier than installing one initially. This is because the hole for the wiring is already there, along with the wiring itself. You already know you have the correct clearance and that the breaker supplying the power is capable of doing the job. It's just a matter of grabbing a screwdriver and getting it done.

What You Will Need

  • Screwdrivers

  • Electrical Tape

  • Twist-on Wire Caps

  • Replacement Ceiling Fan

  • Ladder

Step 1. Go to your home's electrical panel and turn off the power going to the ceiling fan. Make certain that you're actually cutting the power to the ceiling fan in the room, and not just the power going to other outlets and switches. This is because ceiling fans are often installed on a separate circuit.

Note: Before you have to make these kinds of repairs, it's always a good idea to ensure that you have carefully labeled all of your circuit breakers.

Step 2. Position a ladder under the ceiling fan and climb up. Use a screwdriver to remove the unit's mounting screws. As you remove it, disconnect the wires going to the electrical box in the ceiling.

Step 3. Connect the replacement fan's mounting bracket. This is a metal component with a hole located in the center and screw holes along the edges. These screw holes line up with the ones already in the electrical box in the ceiling. Before you put the screws in place, make sure that the wires are running down through the bracket hole.

Step 4. Go up the ladder with the ceiling fan motor and position it so it is directly under the electrical box. Now connect the black wire coming from the electrical box to the black wire on the fan using the twist-on wire caps. Wrap this with electrical tape. Do the same with the white wires.

Step 5. Wrap the ground wire coming from the electrical box onto the grounding screw on the fan, tightening the screw.

Step 6. Press the fan motor up onto the bracket and attach it using the screws provided with the kit.

Step 7. Go to your electrical panel and turn the power back on. Test the fan to ensure it's working. If it is, use the instructions that came with the kit to attach the fan blades (these vary from manufacturer to manufacturer).

If you need help, or if you have more questions, speak with a specialist like Phil's Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc.