Ceiling Fan Installation Tips
Need a ceiling fan to be replaced or newly installed?
Here are some tips on how to do it yourself.
Site & Safety Tips
- Ceiling fans provide optimal airflow when hung at least 8 to 9 feet above the floor.
- Ceiling fan blades must hang at least 7 feet above the floor. If you are installing a fan on a high or sloped ceiling, you may need a longer downrod to maintain blade clearance.
- Ceiling fan blades must hang at least 8 to 10 inches below the ceiling.
- Ceiling fan blades must be at least 18 inches away from wall, doors, cabinets, and posts.
- Confirm the location on the ceiling and the surrounding area is not cracked or damaged.
- Shut the power off at the circuit breaker box before beginning.
- Verify there are no obstructions at the installation site.
- Choose a UL-Listed outlet box marked “Acceptable for Fan Support”.
- Confirm the electrical connections comply with local codes, ordinances, or National Electric Codes.
- Read the manufacturer’s instructions for additional caution, safety, and warning information.
1. Crescent Wrench
2. Cordless Drill with Long Bit
3. Voltage Tester
4. Wire Cutters/Strippers
7. Electrician’s Tape
9. Dusk Mask
10. Safety Glasses
- Turn power off on circuit breaker & wall switch.
- Uninstall ceiling fan if needed in following order: light kit, fan blades, canopy, motor assembly, then mounting bracket.
- If needed, install support brace then junction box.
- Mount ceiling fan bracket.
- Assemble downrod & blades.
- Hang motor assembly onto mounting bracket.
- Install receiver module into canopy assembly & tuck into mounting bracket if using remote control.
- Connect house electrical wires to fan wires (and receiver module if any).
- Install ceiling fan blades.
- Install light kit and bulbs.
Turn power back on and you’re set!