A great way to add comfort to any interior or exterior area of your home is with a ceiling fan. Installing a ceiling fan can also add style to the space while lowering energy costs year-round when operated properly. Ceiling fans create a “wind chill” effect during the warmer months and help distribute warm air evenly throughout a room during the coolers months by spinning in reverse mode. Check out our Ceiling Fan Direction post for further information on what direction your fan should be rotating and why in the summer and winter months.
Before installing your ceiling fan…
- Locate the ceiling joist or other suitable support in the ceiling.
- Identify wires and make sure you can connect the wires properly.
- Make sure you can lift at least 40 lbs. If the fan is heavier make sure you have some help.
- Make sure the Floor to Blade Clearance is going to be at least 7 feet.
Easy Step by Step instructions on How to Install a Ceiling Fan
These directions are for installations with an existing Junction box.
1. Turn OFF the Power to the circuit that the fan will be on before starting installation.
2. Assemble the Ceiling Fan – Follow the specific assembly instructions that came with the ceiling fan you are installing. Ceiling fan assembly varies model to model.
General instructions on how to assemble a ceiling fan
1. In most models you can turn the motor over in the styrofoam packaging so that the top of the motor faces you then un-bundle
2. Feed the motor wires through the hanger ball and downrod assembly and set the downrod in the top motor coupling.
3. Loosen the square head set screw on the top motor coupling to install the downrod and ball assembly.
4. Once the ball assembly and downrod are installed tighten the set screw securely. The set screw must be properly installed as described above or fan wobble could result.
5. Use the screws and grommets to secure flange to blade. Repeat for the remaining blades then turn motor over to mount blades. Blades can be installed before or after hanging the fan motor in place.
6. Attach one blade assembly to the motor hub using appropriate screws. Do not tighten screws completely at this time.
7. Install the remaining blade assemblies in the same way. Gently snug all flange screws to the motor hub, working around the hub in a clockwise sequence.
8. Securely tighten all flange screws – working around the hub in a clockwise sequence.
Note: Failure to follow these steps could result in fan wobble.
3. Hang the Ceiling Fan
1. Securely attach the mounting bracket to the outlet box and pull the wires through the center hole.
2. Carefully lift the fan and set the hanger ball and downrod assembly on the hanger bracket that is attached to the outlet box. Be sure the groove in the ball is lined up with the tab on the mounting bracket.
Warning: Failure to set tab in groove could cause damage to electrical wires and possible shock or fire hazard.
Warning: To avoid possible fire or shock, do not pinch wires between the hanger ball/downrod assembly and hanger bracket.
4. Wire the Ceiling Fan – If you feel that you don’t have enough electrical wiring knowledge or experience, have your fan installed by a licensed electrician.
The following steps are for a ceiling fan without a light fixture. If you are using a light fixture with your fan, see the light fixture owners manual for wiring instructions.
1. VERIFY POWER IS OFF
2. Connect the green grounding wire from the fan and the green grounding wire from the mounting bracket to the grounding conductor supply (This may be a bare wire or a wire with green colored insulation). Securely connect wires with wire connector supplied.
3. Securely connect the fan motor white wire to the supply white (neutral) wire using the wire connector supplied.
4. Securely connect the fan motor black wire to the first hot wire and blue wire to the second hot wire using a wire connector supplied.
5. After connections have been made, turn leads upward and carefully push leads into the outlet box, with the white and green leads on one side of the outlet box and the black and blue leads on the other side of the outlet box.
5. Install the Canopy
1. Align the slots in the canopy with the tabs or threaded screws on the mounting bracket and bring the canopy over the mounting
bracket. Turn the canopy clockwise until the tabs or threaded screws on the mounting bracket lock with the locks in the canopy.
2. Loosely secure the canopy screw into the canopy. Once all screws are installed, tighten them securely.
6. Turn on Electrical Power
7. Pull chain and make sure the fan is operating properly
Run the ceiling fan on high speed to make sure the base is secure and there is no wobble or loud noise. If your newly installed fan wobbles or is making a loud noise, check out Del Mar Designs How to Balance a Ceiling Fan Guide or Ceiling Fan Troubleshooting Guide for other common ceiling fan problems.
If you have any questions about the above steps or need further information on how to install a ceiling fan please ask us.