If you’re hesitant about buying a ceiling fan because you think it’s going to be difficult to install, don’t worry.
With the rise in popularity in the Do-It-Yourself home improvements market, most manufacturers have designed their fans so they’re easy for even beginners to install.
Here are a few tips to get you started.
Turn Off The Power
The first thing you should always do is turn off the power to the location where you’ll be installing the fan. And to be doubly safe, put a piece of tape over the switch so someone who enters the room can’t accidentally turn it on while you’re working on it.
This may sound trivial, and you may be tempted to put it off until you’re actually ready to start work. But turn off the power first – just in case. The last thing you want is to be attacked by a half installed ceiling fan or even worse to be electrocuted by someone accidentally turning the switch on!
Open The Box
Remove everything from the box and carefully check off all parts and hardware listed to make sure you have everything you’re supposed to have.
Next, assemble all the tools you need before you start the job. In most cases, the exact tools will be specified in the instructions. You’ll need a sturdy step-ladder, screwdrivers, pliers, and a wire stripper.
You should also have a tape measure or yardstick on hand. Once you’ve installed the fan, if you notice wobbling you can use the yardstick to measure each blade’s distance from the ceiling. It could be that one is off balance or maybe even a little bit bent.
If this is a completely new installation you’ll also need a hammer, saw, a new ceiling box and possibly brackets or braces.
Read The Directions
When purchasing your fan look to see if it says anything about easy installation. Each manufacturer has a different name for their system but most are designed with the Do-It-Yourself homeowner in mind these days.
Also check to make sure there are directions inside the box. It might seem like a no-brainer but better safe than sorry.
Read the directions all the way through before you even get started. Follow along, making sure you understand each step and can identify the parts and hardware being called out in the instructions. Once you’re up on that ladder you’re going to have your hands full and the more prepared you are in advance, the better.
Check The Blades
The instructions may have you attach the blades after you’ve installed the motor housing. If so, make sure you’ll have enough room between the housing and the ceiling to do this. If not, go ahead and attach the blades first and then install everything at once.
Make Sure All Screws Are Tight
Unless otherwise indicated in the directions, always make sure all the screws and connections are good and tight. One loose screw could cause your fan to wobble and eventually it could all come crashing down.
Manufacturers generally balance the blades before they box up the fan. So if you’ve installed it properly you should have no problems with wobbling or squeaking.
If your fan does wobble, use the yardstick to measure the distance from the ceiling to each blade to find the one that’s off. It may be possible to gently bend the blade and get it back in alignment. If not, the blade itself may be off balance. Some manufacturers include balancing clips in the box and you can also purchase them at your local home improvement store.