An electrician removing an old ceiling fan. The fan was installed without a ceiling box, in violation of code. Work is being performed by a licensed master electrician.

There is nothing that can impact the temperature of your home like a ceiling fan. In the summer, the ceiling fan rotates to distribute cool air in house. In the winter it rotates to distribute warm air in the house. Thus, a ceiling fan is an essential addition for any home. The challenge however lies in the installation. Once you have obtained your fan, installing it can be a tall order if you don’t know how. This guide aims to show you how to install a ceiling fan.

You will need the following;
1. Screwdrivers
2. Drill
3. Electrical supply and tools
4. Wrench
5. Drywall saw
6. Stepladder
7. Ceiling fan
8. Fan brace
9. Switch
10. Wire connectors


Step 1 Prepare the ceiling area
If the ceiling has never had any fan or electrical appliance, you will need to saw the area to make an appropriate hole. You can also use a power drill to make holes on the ceiling before you start the installation. Ensure electric cables pass through this hole then fasten the fan brace on the outside. If the ceiling is not virgin, switch off the power supply first then loosen the electrical box and free the electrical cables within. Once you have removed the old electrical box, install your fan brace. The fan brace is strong enough to hold the fan unlike the electrical box. Fasten the brace tightly using the screwdrivers.
Tip; loosen the metal clamps to make it easier for you to pull out the electrical cables.

Step 2; Install a new electrical box
Make the wires pass through the new box. Use a wrench to pass the wires through. Fasten the box to the shaft using a driver and pull the wires through it. Now attach the new box to the brace.
Tip; A metal box is most appropriate for a fan. Plastic and wooden boxes are not strong enough to carry the ceiling fan.

Step 3; assemble the ceiling fan
Most ceiling fans will come with instructions on how to assemble. Attach the down rod already wired to the mounting collar. Then attach the blades to the motor mechanism by fastening them with a screwdriver. Hang the fan by screwing it to the fan brace already attached to the ceiling. Use a power drill to drive screws if you want a faster installation process.
Tip; enlist the help of a friend to help with the hanging because the ceiling fan can be very heavy.

Step 5; Wire the fan and install light fixtures
Connect the wires from the down rod pipe to those coming through the box while color coordinating i.e. green wire of box goes to green wire of connector. Use connectors to make the connection easier. Next, install the light fixtures. Now use the remote control to turn on the fan. Is it rotating properly? If yes, you have succeeded. If not, go through the steps again more carefully. Now turn on the electric switch. The light should come on.

Ceiling fans can be aesthetically pleasing and functional additions to any home. The above steps show you how to install a ceiling fan with ease.