28th Jun2012

Replacing a Ceiling Fan

by Dinah Wulf
Share on Facebook0Tweet about this on Twitter13Pin on Pinterest71Share on Google+3Share on StumbleUpon0Share on LinkedIn0

OK, so I know you can just read the directions that come in the box for replacing a ceiling fan, but after replacing a few in our new home, I thought I’d share some tips that we learned through this process.  It’s fairly easy to do, however for some reason my husband and I always run into (small) problems. The photos in this collage are from when we replaced my daughter’s fan in her room.

Removing the Old Fan:

  • Never use a metal ladder while working with electricity. Use wood or fiberglass (We didn’t run into any problems with this one… thank goodness… I just thought I’d add it anyway).
  • Turn off the electricity for both the fan and the light before you start.
  • Remove all the light bulbs before you remove the fan (If they still work, reuse them!).
  • If there are light shades, remove those too.
  • Use the buddy system. Ceiling fans are heavy!
  • Consider removing the blades before removing the motor instead of removing the entire fan at once (Unless you are SUPER strong like I am… just kidding).
  • When in doubt, call an electrician!

When assembling the new fan, account for all the parts and follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully.

Installing the New Fan:

  • If you have any issues with the support brace you can always install an expanding metal brace.
  • If for some reason your fan doesn’t come with a mounting bracket, you can but a mounting kit separately.
  • Make sure all screws are tightened to avoid any wobbling when the fan is on.

I hope this helped!



Share on Facebook0Tweet about this on Twitter13Pin on Pinterest71Share on Google+3Share on StumbleUpon0Share on LinkedIn0
The following two tabs change content below.
Dinah Wulf
Dinah is a craft, home décor, & DIY Blogger for www.diyinspired.com, an eco-friendly site promoting repurposing through reinvention. She has a Master of Arts Degree in Speech Communication from California State University Fullerton. Formerly an educator at CSUF and business owner, she now is a full time writer, Curator for Style Me Pretty Living, 3M DIY Expert, and a member of Martha’s Circle. She has blogged for multiple websites including Fix.com, Earth 911, Home Made Simple, and Sprout Online and has been published in a few magazines and ebooks. Her website, DIY Inspired has been recognized by Mashable, Parenting.com, and Buzzfeed.
Dinah Wulf

Latest posts by Dinah Wulf (see all)

This content may contain affiliate links. Read the  disclosure policy for more info.

6 Responses to “Replacing a Ceiling Fan”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *